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Posted by: James T. Farrell, Esq. - 7/15/2019
Job Expires: 8/16/2019
Family Court Assistant Public Defender

St. Lawrence County Public Defender is in search of an attorney to serve as an Assistant Public Defender. This position is primarily focused on Family Court practice, including Child Custody and Visitation matters, Article 10 Child Abuse and Neglect proceedings, Termination of Parental Rights/Permanent Neglect matters, Family Offense proceedings, Paternity proceedings and Child Support Violation matters. This position also includes some criminal practice that would largely take place in local justice courts and would include a mix of violation, misdemeanor and felony cases. Duties include hearing and trial practice, pre-trial settlement conferences, motion practice, legal research, and frequent interaction with clients. Candidates with an interest in public interest law are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience required.  Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State. 

Salary starts at $65,551 and benefits including health and dental insurance, New York State Retirement and other benefits as provided by collective bargaining agreement. Assistant Public Defenders are members of the St. Lawrence County Indigent Defenders Union.  

The St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office has seven attorneys who provide both Family and Criminal Court representation to qualifying individuals. Our office also includes four support staff, including two typists and two legal secretaries. St. Lawrence County is located in Northern New York on the US/Canadian border. The Public Defender's Office is located in Canton, New York, the county seat of St. Lawrence County. Canton is also the home to St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton and is in close proximity to Potsdam, NY, the home of Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. Montreal, Ottawa, Burlington, VT and Lake Placid, NY are all accessible from Canton.

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