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Hiring Notice: Northern New York Federal Public Defender

By Robyn Hagan Cain on August 23, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is advertising an opening for a Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York.

The Northern New York Federal Public Defender's office provides legal representation to persons financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal and related proceedings. Representation includes counsel and investigative, expert and other services.

The minimum qualifications for the position include:

  • Admission to the bar in any state.
  • A reputation for integrity.
  • Five years criminal practice - significant federal criminal trial practice preferred.
  • Familiarity with federal sentencing guidelines.
  • Ability and commitment to provide zealous and high quality representation.
  • Ability to effectively administer a professional office.

The position will be located in either Syracuse or Albany, NY. Travel is required. The federal public defender’s term is four years, and the annual salary $155,500.

The Federal Public Defender handles a wide range of cases including felonies, misdemeanors, appeals and non-capital habeas matters. The office also provides training and education to all criminal justice act panel attorneys to improve the quality of indigent representation in federal court.

In addition to the completed application - don’t worry, it’s only nine pages - applicants must submit a writing sample of no more than 10 pages. The Circuit Executive’s office requires an original and six hard copies of both the application and writing sample, as well as a “diskette,” in Rich Text Format (RTF), containing both the application and writing sample. Applicants must also provide one up-to-date résumé and three letters of reference.

Application packages are available now and must be received in the Circuit Executive’s Office no later than 12:00 noon on September 30, 2011.

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