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Albany, NY: Legal Research Librarian, Public Defense Backup Center
The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) is seeking a Legal Research Librarian for its Public Defense Backup Center. The Legal Research Librarian will be responsible for providing legal research services to our legal staff and the public defense community and for managing the electronic and print resources of the New York State Defenders Association, Public Defense Backup Center. The Legal Research Librarian is an integral part of our Backup Center team, working across departments towards the mission of improving public defense representation.

The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA), a not-for-profit, membership organization, has been providing support services to New York’s public defense community since 1967. Its mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people. NYSDA operates New York’s State Public Defense Backup Center, which provides legal support services, training programs, its Public Defense Case Management System, and other services to public defense offices and assigned counsel attorneys throughout the state.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Graduate Library Science Degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited school
  • 2 + years’ experience as a librarian or legal researcher
  • Proficiency with Lexis, Westlaw, and other research databases
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, website development software, and social media platforms
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a team member; willingness to pitch in where needed
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to deal with confidential information with the utmost discretion
  • Interest in and demonstrable commitment to NYSDA’s mission
Preferred Qualifications
JD or undergraduate degree in legal studies, criminal justice, or related field

Responsibilities and Duties

Reference Services
  • Perform immediate and in-depth research requests and assist legal staff with research requests
  • Provide current awareness services to staff, such as news, legislation, and publication alerts
  • Provide current awareness services to the public defense community through website postings and updates, articles in NYSDA electronic and print publications, social media posts, and presentations
Training
  • Provide training to staff on use of legal and other research databases
Collection Development
  • Manage digital and print library holdings
  • Evaluate subscriptions and resource needs on an ongoing basis
  • Work with vendors such as Lexis and Thomson/Reuters
  • Manage and update digital transcript, expert witness, and motion databases
Staff Responsibilities
  • Direct NYSDA’s library internship program, including selecting interns and providing supervision
  • Assist with content development and writing, proofreading, and distribution of electronic and print publications
  • Assist with training programs and meetings (including occasional weekends and evenings), as needed
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and legal staff on long-range and short-term planning for NYSDA
  • Perform other tasks and projects as assigned by the Executive Director
Salary and Benefits: $60,000 +, depending on experience. NYSDA offers a generous benefit package, including paid vacation, personal, and sick time, health, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, and 403(b).

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Susan Bryant, Executive Director, New York State Defenders Association, sbryant@nysda.org (Subject Line: Legal Research Librarian). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NYSDA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences, and communities to apply.


Albany, NY: Staff Attorney, Public Defense Backup Center
The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) is seeking a Staff Attorney for its Public Defense Backup Center. NYSDA, a not-for-profit, membership organization, has been providing support to New York's public defense community since 1967. NYSDA’s mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people.

The staff attorney will provide consultation and legal research support to lawyers statewide who are representing individuals who are entitled to representation in criminal and family court proceedings under County Law article 18-b. The staff attorney will also work on Backup Center publications, prepare legal updates and practice guides, assist with planning training programs, analyze legislation and regulatory materials, and provide technical assistance to public defense providers around the state.

Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice in New York
  • At least five years’ experience in criminal defense and/or adult family court representation (10+ years’ experience preferred)
  • Demonstrated commitment to public defense and NYSDA’s mission
  • Extensive knowledge of NYS Penal Law and Criminal Procedure Law and/or NYS Family Court Act and Social Services Law
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Technology and social media proficiency
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and ability to manage varied workload and meet deadlines

The position involves some weekend and evening hours and travel to training events across the state. Salary: DOE. NYSDA offers a generous benefit package.

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Susan C. Bryant, Executive Director, at sbryant@nysda.org (subject line: Backup Center Staff Attorney). NYSDA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences, and communities to apply. For more information about NYSDA, click here.






NYSDA Internship Opportunities

Law Internship Program in Albany, NY
NYSDA considers internship applications from 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:

Susan C. Bryant
Executive Director
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: sbryant@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Criminal Justice Internship
NYSDA considers applications from 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 another 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:

Susan C. Bryant
Executive Director
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: sbryant@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Library Internships
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 another participating library science 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 our Legal Research Librarian, 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. Email a cover letter and resume to:

Susan Bryant
Executive Director
Email: sbryant@nysda.org.

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