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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.



Wayne County, NY: First Assistant Public Defender, Wayne County Public Defender's Office
The Wayne County Public Defender's Office, practicing high quality and innovative criminal defense in a rural setting, currently has an opening for a 1st Assistant Public Defender. This attorney will be have the opportunity to carry a mixed caseload of serious felonies and misdemeanors while balancing the needs of supervision, mentoring, and training of less experienced attorneys. Significant experience in serious trial practice preferred. Proven dedication to indigent defense required. Participation in creating and displaying the practice expectations of the office expected. Benefits include health insurance, dental, NYS retirement system and reasonable caseloads. Salary depends upon experience. Residency in Wayne County required for this position. Applicants must be currently admitted to practice in NYS. Send resume, references and a writing sample to Andrew D. Correia, Esq., Wayne County Public Defender’s Office, 26 Church Street, Lyons NY 14489 or at acorreia@co.wayne.ny.us.

Broome County, NY: Broome County Public Defender
Broome County is seeking applicants for the full time position of Broome County Public Defender to run an 11 attorney office in Binghamton, NY, which provides representation to indigent criminal defendants at trial and appellate levels. Applicants must have both trial and administrative experience, and be admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Starting base salary: $100,269.00 plus benefits. Appointment to an initial term of 5 years subject to reappointment by the County Executive. Upon acceptance of the position, a Broome County residence will be required. Applications may be obtained from the Broome County Department of Personnel website or by written request to P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, New York 13902; 607-778-2276. AA/EOE. Applications must be submitted by 8/15/18.

Essex County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Essex County Public Defender's Office
The Essex County Public Defender's Office seeks applications for an Assistant Public Defender. The Assistant Public Defender represents eligible indigent persons in all criminal proceedings before all trial level courts in Essex County, in addition to representation before all levels of appellate courts. Responsibilities include: advising eligible clients concerning requested custodial interrogations by law enforcement consistent with NY and Federal Constitutional rights; negotiating favorable disposition with district attorney's office; preparing and trying cases before all Essex County trial courts; meeting with clients who are incarcerated in the Essex County Jail; initiating proceedings which may be necessary to protect the rights of such eligible indigent persons; prosecuting any appeal when in her/his judgment the facts and circumstances warrant such appeal; and supervising assigned clerical staff. Frequent travel to Essex County town and village justice courts and attendance at night courts.

Applicants must be a member in good standing of New York State Bar or registered for the July 2018 NYS bar exam and will be admitted immediately upon passing. For 3Ls, the offer would be probationary while waiting on bar results and admission. Applicants must be able to assume an active misdemeanor, felony, and appellate case load. Criminal defense, prosecution, or comparable criminal law experience preferred. Trial/courtroom/appellate experience preferred, other comparable experience considered. Other requirements: strong people/interpersonal skills; possess a Valid NY driver's license and be willing to frequently travel to local justice courts; own or have access to reliable transportation; and pass pre-employment drug test. Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position. Must become a resident of Essex County by date of appointment (or shortly thereafter).

The Public Defender's Office is a small, rural office located in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks region! Salary: approximately $55,000-$60,000/year plus benefits (health insurance, NYS retirement, etc.). Application deadline: July 1, 2018. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Brandon Boutelle, Essex County Public Defender, at bboutelle@co.essex.ny.us.


Monroe County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Family Law, Monroe County Public Defender's Office
The Monroe County Public Defender's Office is looking for an attorney to join its Family Law practice. The expected start date for the job would be somewhere around June 1. The salary range is from $59,798 to $67,128 and includes an excellent health insurance and vacation benefits package. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Adele M. Fine, Esq. by email to afine@monroecounty.gov or by mail to 10 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614.


Syracuse, New York: Parole Social Worker, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks a Social Worker for its Parole Program. The Social Worker will evaluate clients and recommend necessary treatment options, and will advocate for alternatives to incarceration or for lesser sentences. The Social Worker will work closely with Parole Program Attorneys and will be responsible for interviewing clients, communicating and coordinating with treatment providers to obtain appropriate placements, organizing necessary paperwork and supporting documents, and performing bio-psycho-social assessments.

Qualifications: MSW and NYS Certification in Social Work (LMSW); background in working with clients with special needs: history of substance abuse, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and developmental delays; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to negotiate with community-based treatment providers; excellent organizational skills; ability to work within a team.

Salary: D.O.E. plus excellent benefits.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references, to Linda Gehron, President/CEO at lgehron@hlalaw.org. Hiscock Legal Aid is an equal opportunity employer, persons of color, women, LGBT and bilingual persons are encouraged to apply.


Franklin County, New York: Assistant Conflict Defender, Franklin County Conflict Defender's Office
The Franklin County Personnel Department is accepting applications for an Assistant Conflict Defender, located within the Franklin County Conflict Defender’s Department. The 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 criminal cases of all levels in Town and County Courts, as well as Family Court appearances on custody, neglect, and support cases. Recent law school graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in NYS and be admitted to the NYS Bar. Salary: $55,000. Generous fringe benefits. To view complete job description and download a civil service application please visit the county website at www.franklincony.org. Interested candidates must submit the following: a cover letter, completed civil service application, resume, and proof of current admittance to the NYS Bar to the Franklin County Personnel Department, 355 West Main Street, Suite 428, Malone, NY 12953. Phone: (518) 481-1677. Residency waived- candidate will need to relocate to Franklin County within 60 days of being hired. Application and all required documentation will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE.


Franklin County, New York: Assistant Public Defender, Franklin County Public Defender's Office
The Franklin County Personnel Office is accepting applications for an Assistant Public Defender, located within the Franklin County Public Defender’s Department. The 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 Public Defender 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. Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar (must submit proof of admittance). Salary: $55,000. Generous fringe benefits. To view the complete job description, please visit the county website mentioned below. Documentation will be accepted until position has been filled. Applications can be printed from our website, www.franklincony.org, or picked up at the Franklin County Personnel Office located at 355 W. Main Street, Suite 428, Malone, NY 12953. Phone: (518) 481-1677. Generous fringe benefits. EOE. Residency Waived – candidate will need to relocate to Franklin County within 60 days of being hired.


New York, NY: Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender
The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) currently seeks a Supervising Attorney to join its talented staff. OAD is New York City’s oldest provider of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, and the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense office. Since its founding in 1988, OAD has maintained a national reputation for superb appellate advocacy and innovation, as well as a holistic, client-centered, approach to representation. OAD has been repeatedly recognized by the New York State Bar Association, and the appellate courts, for excellent representation.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree, with at least 5 years of appellate litigation experience.
  • Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10.
  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to representing poor people convicted of crimes.
  • Strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for clients.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Supervisory and case management experience strongly preferred, with an interest in and commitment to the professional development, training and support of attorneys, legal interns, and administrative staff.
  • Experience in trial court, particularly in post-conviction proceedings, is a plus.
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to jobs@appellatedefender.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Supervising Attorney Position. For more information, click here.

OAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.


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: $55,000-$88,850, 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.


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 $51,154 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. 

 


 

NYSDA Internship Programs Public Interest Employment

Law Internship Program in Albany, NY
Internships are available for law students who want to gain experience in legal research and criminal law. Students can earn academic credit through Albany Law School or any participating institution. Law students work on a variety of criminal defense research projects, and participate in the preparation of case summaries for NYSDA's publications and databases. During the summer, law student interns are eligible to work along with staff and observe NYSDA's Basic Trial Skills Program for new attorneys. Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Charles F. O'Brien
Executive Director
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: cobrien@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Criminal Justice Internship Program in Albany, NY
Internships are available for students who want to gain experience in criminal justice research. Students can earn academic credit through the SUNY School of Criminal Justice in Albany or any participating institution. Among its many responsibilities, NYSDA engages in the following activities: providing technical assistance to public defense providers and local, state and government officials; reviewing and analyzing public defense and relevant criminal justice research studies, reports and literature; assisting in evaluation of county public defense systems; undertaking public defense data collection, including caseload, budget and expenditure data; designing survey instruments; and assisting in reviewing and analyzing public defense legislation. The criminal justice intern works under the supervision of the Executive Director and Deputy Director to fulfill the office's social science research needs. Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Charles F. O'Brien
Executive Director
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: cobrien@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Library Internship Program in Albany, NY
Internships are available for students who want to gain experience in librarianship or information science. Students can earn academic credit through the School of Information Science and Policy, University at Albany or any participating library school. The Backup Center Library plays a key role in NYSDA's mission by providing research and support services to staff lawyers, public defense attorneys and government officials. Library Interns, working under the supervision of Director of Legal Information Services, will have the opportunity to interact with professional staff, government agencies, vendors and publishers. Interns will work in any or all of the following areas: reference and research, collection development, cataloging, indexing and database management, records management and space planning. Send a cover letter and resume (preferably by email) to:

Ken Strutin
Director of Legal Information Services
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: kstrutin@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

 

 

 

 

 

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