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This is a current listing of jobs in public defense as well as internships. Employers interested in placing a job advertisement on the NYSDA web site, please contact Susan Bryant by email (sbryant@nysda.org), phone (518) 465-3524 or fax (518) 465-3249. NYSDA reserves the exclusive right to decide which job advertisements will be posted.



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St. Lawrence County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office
St. Lawrence County Public Defender is in search of an attorney to serve as an Assistant Public Defender. This position is primarily focused on Criminal Law practice. This position also includes criminal practice that would largely take place in local justice courts and would include a mix of violation, misdemeanor and felony cases. Duties include hearing and trial practice, pre-trial settlement conferences, motion practice, legal research, and frequent interaction with clients. Candidates with an interest in public interest law are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience required. Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State.

Salary starts at $65,551 and benefits including health and dental insurance, New York State Retirement and other benefits as provided by collective bargaining agreement. Assistant Public Defenders are members of the St. Lawrence County Indigent Defenders Union. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to James McGahan, Public Defender, at jmcgahan@stlawco.org.

The St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office has seven attorneys who provide both Family and Criminal Court representation to qualifying individuals. Our office also includes four support staff, including two typists and two legal secretaries. St. Lawrence County is located in Northern New York on the US/Canadian border. The Public Defender’s Office is located in Canton, New York, the county seat of St. Lawrence County. Canton is also the home to St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton and is in close proximity to Potsdam, NY, the home of Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. Montreal, Ottawa, Burlington, VT and Lake Placid, NY are all accessible from Canton. [Posted: 9/10/19]


Orange County, NY: Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense, The Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inc.
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inc. sees a criminal defense staff attorney. Salary: $60,000-$110,000, excellent benefits and work environment. Requirements: (1) admission to the New York bar or a confirmed date to be sworn in; (2) a minimum of one year of criminal defense experience either as as law school intern or, preferably, as a lawyer at a criminal defense firm or agency. Applicants meeting these requirements will also be considered for projected opening(s) late this year resulting from state mandates regarding arraignments. Submit resume to the chief attorney, Gary Abramson at gabramson@lasocny.org. [Updated: 8/20/19]


Franklin County, NY: Assistant Public Defender (full or part-time) and Assistant Conflict Defender Franklin County is accepting applications for the following attorney positions: Assistant Public Defender (full or part-time); Assistant Conflict Defender. Franklin County is located in the foothills of the Adirondaks.

The Assistant Public Defender position is in a busy office providing criminal defense services to those unable to afford counsel as well as Family Court representation in cases requiring assigned counsel. The Assistant will be expected to handle Felony cases, Family Court appearances and misdemeanor cases in local criminal court. Recent law school graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Assistant Conflict Defender will provide effective legal representation to protect clients’ rights, including but not limited to filing motions, performing legal research, amending petitions, and conducting hearings and trials. The Assistant Conflict Defender will appear in local town courts, County Court, Family Court, and Support Court.

Minimum qualifications for both positions: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar (must submit proof of admittance). Generous benefit package. Residency is waived – candidate will need to relocate to Franklin County within 60 days of being hired.

For more information, including application instructions, visit www.franklincony.org or call (518) 481-1677. Facebook: franklinpersonnel. [Posted: 8/8/19]


Clinton County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Clinton County Public Defender's Office
The Clinton County Public Defender's Office located in Plattsburgh, New York is accepting applications for 2 full-time Assistant Public Defender positions. This is professional legal work involving responsibility for representation of indigent defendants as assigned by the Public Defender. Work involves representation of each indigent defendant through every stage of the proceedings following arrest through and including any appeals. The incumbent assists the Public Defender in the investigation, preparation, trial and appeal in various court and legal proceedings involving indigent defendants. The work is performed under general direction with wide leeway allowed for independent judgment in applying legal knowledge to specific problems and in taking appropriate legal action. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be admitted to the New York State Bar and be a member in good standing.

Salary: $66,939.00 to $70,943/year. Assistant Public Defenders will receive NYS Retirement Pension and be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Jamie Martineau, Clinton County Public Defender, at click here. EOE/MF. [Updated: 7/29/19]


Columbia County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Columbia County Public Defender's Office
The Columbia County Public Defender's Office is seeking a full time (35+ hours a week plus night courts) Assistant Public Defender. Admission to the NYS Bar required. 1+ years experience preferred. Strong writing skills required. Preferred candidates will have a strong working knowledge of criminal procedure and defense as well as courtroom experience.

Job Responsibilities: The defense of criminal matters from inception through appeal for indigent criminal defendants in Columbia County, as well as other duties falling within the purview of the Public Defender’s Office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, eventual County Court appearances and litigation of felony or Integrated Domestic Violence criminal matters, legal research and writing, client interviews and interaction, and general public defense practice. Position also requires the handling of several evening Justice Courts throughout Columbia County.

Applications welcomed from women and minority candidates, and others whose background may contribute to the diversity of the Office.

The position is salaried at $70,000.00 and comes with county health and retirement benefits. The position is grant based, with the grant lasting for several years, and may continue subject to grant renewal. To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Domenic J. Cornelius, Public Defender, c/o Ian L. Crimmins Asst. Public Defender at ian.crimmins@columbiacountyny.com. [Posted: 7/17/19]


Suffolk County, NY: Appellate Counsel, Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County
The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Appellate Counsel.

Essential Job Functions: Attorneys working in this capacity perform end-to-end management of criminal appeals. This includes constant client communication and visits, reading the original trial record, identifying legal issues, performing extensive legal research, composing legal briefs and post-conviction motions, and arguing before the Appellate Division: Second Department and the New York Court of Appeals.

Minimum Qualifications: Persons wishing to apply for this position must have:
(1) A law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from an accredited law school and must be an active member of the New York State Bar in good standing;
(2) Three or more years of experience in criminal defense practice;
(3) A strong commitment to indigent criminal defense;
(4) Outstanding writing and communication skills; and
(5) Abilities to work both independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have extensive experience and demonstrated success in criminal appellate litigation. In addition, candidates with outstanding academic records, law journal experience, and moot court experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: Competitive and dependent on experience, plus full benefits with opportunities for merit-based advancement.

How To Apply: Applicants must submit a single email to jobs@sclas.org containing: (1) A cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a law school transcript; (4) a list of at least three references; and (5) a writing sample of no longer than ten pages. Your cover letter must explain your commitment to indigent criminal defense and your interest in criminal appeals. The subject line of your email must read "Appellate Counsel Position." Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply. Contact Information: The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County: Appeals Bureau, 320 Carleton Avenue (Suite #2500), Central Islip, NY 11722. [Posted 6/28/19]


New York, NY: Senior Research Associate and Director of Operations, Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan
The Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan (OACP) seeks applications for two positions: Senior Research Associate and Director of Operations. Pursuant to Article 18B of the County Law, the Assigned Counsel Plan (ACP), in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the 1st and 2nd Appellate Division, has been providing quality legal services to indigent persons since 1966. All services provided by the Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan are funded by the City of New York through the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. The ACP provides compensation to private attorneys for representing indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. Attorneys are assigned matters by the Court and the Administrator's office when a conflict exists prohibiting the institutional providers from providing representation. For both positions, New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. The City of New York and the Office of the Mayor are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Senior Research Associate
The Senior Research Associate will work to create compelling reporting for the ACP and will play a key role in the development and administration of the office’s Case Tracking System. The Senior Research Associate will use innovative data-driven methods and advanced analytics to transform the way the OACP approaches all facets of its mission. The Senior Research Associate will also work with OACP attorneys and stakeholders to define their reporting needs and will strive to improve office-wide data literacy and reporting capabilities. The Senior Research Associate will play a key role in building out all of the office’s reporting and deploying solutions to help the Administrators and staff gain meaningful insights and to inform strategic decisionmaking. Preferred Skills and/or Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a broad range of skills, but above all, they must be curious, flexible thinkers who love learning new things and tackling challenges on a daily basis. In addition, the preferred candidate should possess the following:

  • 2 – 4+ years of experience with data analysis, database administration, or research using a variety of methods.
  • Undergraduate degree in an analytical field (i.e., Economics, Sociology, Computer Science, Business, etc.) or equivalent experience; graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience with data management and analysis using statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, Stata, SPSS, other); Fluency with retrieval from relational databases via SQL and other coding mechanisms.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce and Salesforce reporting preferred.
  • Experience working to understand business users’ needs.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines; ability to think outside of the box and develop novel strategies for analysis; ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment; ability to work comfortably with a wide variety of people at different levels within the organization.
  • Passion for criminal justice.
For more information, click here.

Director of Operations
The new Director of Operations will drive operational excellence, performance management, and other strategic activities for the OACP. Under the direction of the Assigned Counsel Plan Administrators, and working in partnership with the 1st and 2nd Appellate Divisions of New York State and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Director of Operations will develop and implement innovative solutions to improve ACP operations. Preferred Skills and/or Qualifications: The successful candidate must have leadership qualities and should possess the following:
  • Five (5) years of relevant professional experience preferred.
  • An advanced degree (M.P.A., M.P.P., M.B.A, J.D.) preferred.
  • Knowledge of issues that face the criminal justice system, including knowledge of the indigent defense system and court proceedings in New York City.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills, including the ability to take initiative, problem-solve, balance competing priorities, and work independently within a fast-paced team environment.
  • Ability to work comfortably with people at different levels within and outside the organization.
For more information, click here.


Westchester County, NY: Associate Counsel, Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, White Plains, New York is interested in hiring an Associate Counsel. Our office represents clients accused of felonies in the trial courts. We also represent clients on appeals and post conviction proceedings. The position requires admission to practice law in New York. We will consider both experienced and recently admitted attorneys. The salary will be commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer. Please send your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to David B. Weisfuse, Chief Counsel at dweisfuse@laswest.org.


Albany County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Albany County Public Defender's Office
The Albany County Public Defender's Office has openings for Entry Level Assistant Public Defenders and Felony Level Assistant Public Defenders.

  • Entry Level Assistant Public Defender- Position primarily entails representation of indigent defendants in local criminal courts. Room for additional responsibilities and advancement. Minimum qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar. Must be resident of Albany County. Starting Salary: $65,000 plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
  • Felony Level Assistant Public Defender – Position primarily entails representation of indigent defendants with felony charges in local and superior courts. Minimum qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar. Must be resident of Albany County. Substantial prior criminal law experience preferred. Starting Salary: $72,000 - $90,000 depending on experience, plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to: PublicDefender@albanycountyny.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Cattaraugus County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office
The Public Defender’s Office of Cattaraugus County currently has a position available for an Assistant Public Defender. Candidates must be admitted to and be in good standing in the NY State Bar, with commitment to undertake cases before Cattaraugus County Family Court. Some criminal night court work may also be required. Also required, is a valid drivers license and vehicle. Strong research and writing skills and a commitment to the representation of individuals who are financially unable to retain counsel is required. Ability to work collaboratively with other lawyers and support staff. This is a salaried position beginning at $60,000 plus excellent Government benefits. Cattaraugus County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send cover letter expressing your interest along with a resumé to: Darryl R. Bloom, Esq., Cattaraugus County Public Defender, 175 North Union Street, Blue Bird Square, Olean NY 14760; tel (716)373-0004; fax (716)373-3462 or email at pubdef@cattco.org.


Utica, NY: Assistant Public Defender-- 3rd Assistant, Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division
The Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division seeks applications for Assistant Public Defender (3rd Assistant). This is a continuous recruitment announcement. The 3rd Assistant assists the Public Defender in the representation of indigent persons, charged with crimes at all stages of a criminal proceeding; keeps abreast of all procedures and policies within the Public Defender's Office; assists the Public Defender in maintaining law files which may be useful in criminal defense work. Applicants must be admitted to the Bar of New York State. To apply, submit the following materials by email to pubdef@ocgov.net or by mail to Frank J. Nebush, Jr., Esq., Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division, 250 Boehlert Center, 321 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501: (1) Certificate of Good Standing from the Appellate Division of admission; (2) complete resume including elementary education and all employment, listing employers' addresses and telephone numbers; (3) three references with addresses and telephone numbers; (4) writing sample; (5) copy of valid NYS driver's license; and (6) completed Oneida County application. Grade/Salary plus excellent benefits: 36P- $52,441. Oneida County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Monroe County: Public Defender's Office

The Monroe County Public Defender is accepting resumes for an entry-level position as an assistant public defender in the Town Court Bureau. In this position the attorney would be responsible for representing persons charged with misdemeanors or violations in town courts throughout Monroe County. Starting salary is $60,028 with excellent benefits, including full health insurance, dental, vacation, sick time, compensatory time, and membership in the NYS Retirement System. Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York and have a valid driver's license. All employees of Monroe County are required to reside within Monroe County. Interested applicants should submit a resume to the Monroe County Public Defender's Office, 10 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614. 

 


Out of State Job Postings

Harrisburg, PA: 2 Positions, Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania
The Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is seeking an Assistant Public Defender and a Research and Writing Specialist for its Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). The Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and other minorities are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Federal Public Defender: This is a full time attorney position in the Harrisburg office. The Capital Habeas Unit represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings. An AFPD in the CHU represents petitioners in capital habeas cases in federal court from the initial petition through all subsequent federal hearings and appeals. An AFPD is responsible for providing legal guidance and leadership to collaborative teams of paralegals, investigators, and research and writing attorneys, on each of their cases. Due to the complexity and duration of capital habeas proceedings, AFPDs and their teams develop critical long-term relationships with their clients through ongoing contact and correspondence. An AFPD analyzes complex and diverse records, pursues relevant training on a continuing basis, and is responsible for establishing and maintaining ongoing communication and consultation with expert witnesses and other counsel representing their clients. For more information about this position, click here.

Research and Writing Specialist: A Research and Writing Specialist provides advanced legal research, drafting, analysis and litigation assistance to Assistant Federal Public Defenders in the CHU. A Specialist stays apprised of the latest developments in habeas corpus and criminal law and procedure in federal and state courts, especially Pennsylvania. Specialists analyze and research client and case-related records, develop relationships with clients through extensive contact and correspondence, draft federal petitions and appellate briefs, and assist with record collection and fact investigations. All CHU clients are represented by collaborative teams of paralegals, investigators and attorneys, which requires all members to possess strong oral, written and interpersonal skills, independent and cooperative skills, and ability to prioritize and meet critical deadlines. Research and writing specialists may appear in court only in exceptional circumstances. For more information about this position, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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