Public Defender Career Fair

New York State Public Defenders Career Fair

Friday, October 19, 2018

Center for Tomorrow (CFT), University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY  14228 - 1:00-5:00p.m.

We are pleased to announce the first New York State Public Defenders Job Fair.

This is 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 thus far. (We will continue to update this spreadsheet as more offices register.)

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. If you are a public defenders office that is looking to hire, please register online.

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. If you are a recent law school graduate or a currently enrolled law student, you must register to participate.

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 have reserved rooms at a group rate at the following hotels for your convenience:

Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14221
Group Rate: $139/night (for October 18-19, 2018). Contact Anne Marie Taft at 716-276-7001 and ask for the UB Law School Job Fair.

Candlewood Suites Buffalo Amherst
20 Flint Rd, Amherst, NY 14226
Group Rate: $99/night for October 18-19, 2018
Contact 716-688-2100 and use the code “PDF” or make your reservation online.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Buffalo – Amherst
10 Flint Rd, Amherst, NY 14226
Group Rate: $104/night (for October 18-19, 2018).
Contact 716-689-4414 and use the code “PDJ” or make your reservation online.

Additional hotels in the immediate area:

Comfort Inn University
1 Flint Rd, Amherst, NY 14226

Red Roof PLUS+ University at Buffalo - Amherst
42 Flint Rd, Amherst, NY 14226

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.