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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.



NYSDA is Hiring!

NYSDA is currently hiring for the following positions:

Albany Office
  • Staff Attorney, Public Defense Backup Center
New Central Islip Office, Veterans Defense Program
  • Staff Attorney
Details available at NYSDA Jobs.

Buffalo, NY: Fellowship Attorney, Federal Public Defender's Office, Western District of New York The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York is now accepting applications for a Fellowship attorney in the Buffalo, New York office. This position carries a one-year term, with the possibility of a second term. The primary practice areas are before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. This organization litigates cases in Buffalo and Rochester New York. Requirements & Qualifications: No criminal defense experience is necessary. Applicants with more than four years of criminal defense experience will not be considered. All applicants must either be admitted to the State Bar of New York or be a member in good standing of another state bar. Applicants must have strong writing and advocacy skills and the ability to work in a team environment. This position requires occasional travel to distant jails. A valid driver license and personal vehicle are required. Computer proficiency is required. Application deadline: October 24, 2018. For more information, click here. The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women & Minorities Are Encouraged to Apply.


Brooklyn, NY: Criminal Defense Practice Lateral Hires/Practicing Attorneys, Brooklyn Defender Services
The Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) Criminal Defense Practice is currently accepting applications from practicing criminal defense attorneys who would like to continue their careers with BDS. Applicants must have an appreciation of, and ability to relate to, the obstacles faced by our indigent clients and be prepared to advocate on their behalf effectively and zealously. Candidates whose own background and experience reflect the diversity of Brooklyn’s communities are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, click here. For more information about BDS, visit its website at http://bds.org/.


Rutland County, VT: Staff Attorney, Vermont Office of the Public Defender
The Office of the Public Defender in Rutland, Vermont has an opening for a full-time public defender. The office employs four other attorneys, an investigator and two secretaries. The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar or be eligible to obtain admission by waiver by the start date. Applicants must have 1-5 years of relevant legal experience, or have a background in criminal law studies and student practice. They must be able to work independently and as part of a legal team that handles a very demanding caseload. This is an exempt, full-time position. Starting salary: $52,312 to $67,808 based upon qualifications and experience. The position will remain open until filled. Please email a cover letter and resume by Sunday, October 28th to Mary Deaett, HR & Program Manager at Mary.Deaett@vermont.gov.


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.


New York City: Various Positions, Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan, First and Second Departments
The Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan (ACP or OACP) is seeking applications for four positions: Supervisory Attorney, Director of Operations, Senior Data Analyst/Senior Research Associate, and Program Assistant. 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. These services 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.

  • Supervisory Attorney: The Supervisory Attorney will provide oversight for ACP attorneys representing clients facing misdemeanor, felony and homicide charges in the Criminal and Supreme Courts in New York City. Under the supervision of the ACP Administrators and with significant latitude for independent judgment, the Supervisory Attorney will assist in the professional development of ACP attorneys through the provision of technical assistance to attorneys. For more information, click here. To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Supervisory Attorney” in the subject line.
  • 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. For more information, click here. To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Director of Operations” in the subject line.
  • Senior Data Analyst/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 Data Analyst 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 decision‐making. For more information, click here. To apply: submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Senior Data Analyst” in the subject line.
  • Program Assistant: The Program Assistant will provide clerical support and assistance on a variety of special projects and administrative matters. The ideal candidate will provide administrative and operational assistance for the Assigned Counsel Plan Administrators and for the attorneys responsible for representing clients facing misdemeanor, felony and homicide charges in the Criminal and Supreme Courts in New York City. For more information, click here. To apply: submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Program Assistant” in the subject line.
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.


Cortland, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cortland County Public Defender's Office
The Cortland County Public Defender's Office is seeking applications for a part-time assistant public defender position. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in New York State. Salary: Grade 4/$32,435.50-$39,462.50 (17 hrs/week). Approved applications will be forwarded to the Public Defender's Office until the position is filled. For more information and application information, click here. EOE.


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: $57,740 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: $71,400 plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to: Jane.PearsonCurtis@albanycountyny.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Syracuse, NY: Family Court Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York seeks an attorney to represent adult clients in Family Court matters, including Abuse/Neglect, Custody/Visitation and Support Violation cases. This position presents a unique opportunity to gain significant litigation experience, and obtain training on a wide variety of family court matters. Our attorneys are in court almost on a daily basis. The attorneys in the family court program are very passionate and knowledgeable. They routinely collaborate on cases to provide strong, zealous advocacy for our clients. HLAS works as a team to provide our clients holistic representation which provides the attorneys with access to a vast amount of knowledge and experience including practice areas beyond family court. The Family Court Program team includes law assistants and other support staff who assist attorneys with daily tasks, including but not limited to service, screening, scheduling, discovery, correspondence and client advocacy. Our more experienced attorneys are provided with opportunities and encouraged to present at CLEs and other legal platforms or community events. A demonstrated commitment to public-interest law and to serving the indigent required. Admission to New York State Bar required. Salary: D.O.E. + Excellent benefits including low cost health, dental, life, and vision insurance, 401k, PTO, and eligibility for the Federal Government’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to Linda Gehron, Esq. President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, New York 13202 or to hiring@hlalaw.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer (E.O.E.), committed to serving and employing a diverse population. Persons of color, women, LGBT and bilingual persons are encouraged to apply. Job Type: Full-time.


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 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 NYS and be admitted to the NYS Bar (must submit proof of admittance). 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.


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 $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. 

 


 

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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