Public Defender Career Fair.

New York State Public Defenders Career Fair

October 4, 2019

Save the date!

This was the first event of its kind and marks an exciting chapter in the history of indigent defense in New York State.

Download a spreadsheet of those Public Defenders Offices (XLS) who have registered for the 2018 Career Fair.

On this page:


Please contact Lisa Patterson, or 716-645-2056.

For Public Defenders Offices

The New York State Public Defenders Career Fair is a wonderful opportunity for public defenders offices to recruit potential attorneys and law student interns.

For Interested Applicants

Public defenders offices from across New York state will travel to Buffalo, NY, to participate in this inaugural career fair. They will be conducting on-site interviews for internships and employment opportunities. 

Directions to the Center for Tomorrow

If you are using GPS, enter the address: 101 Service Center Rd., Amherst (Buffalo), NY.

You can use the Google map on the right side to enlarge the image and view the exact location of the building near the intersection of Maple Rd. and Flint Rd.,

Entering via the Flint Road entrance (off Maple Road), make the first left (onto Service Center Road) -- the Center for Tomorrow is on the corner to your left -- parking is on the right.

To use Google Maps on the right, select the 'View Large Map' link. When it opens Google Maps, you can see a large map of the area for the training. If you need specific directions, use the 'Directions' link on the upper left area and it will open another screen for you to enter the address you will be leaving from. This will provide a list of map routes. Choose the one you want by clicking on it to see specific road by road directions.


We will share information on lodging once we get closer to the date of our event.

How did this come about?

In April 2017, New York State enacted statewide reforms intended to improve the right to counsel for people charged with a criminal offense, who cannot afford to hire an attorney. 

Amendments to New York County Law § 722-e and the addition of Executive Law § 832 (4) enacted by New York State Governor Cuomo and supported by the NYS legislature encourages and enables each criminal defense provider of legally mandated representation to furnish high quality, effective representation for every client. These recent legislative reforms offer public defense providers across the state the opportunity to hire additional attorneys, investigators, social workers and support staff and develop other resources to further their efforts in improving the overall quality of mandated representation. 

Persons eager to explore opportunities within the New York State public defense arena who seek a challenging work environment that promotes diversity, embraces change, and provides leadership opportunities are encouraged to participate in this Public Defenders Career Fair.