• Assistant Public Defender

    Posted: 02/07/2024

    RE-ISSUED 1/5/2024 (Updated Salary)


    The Warren County Public Defender’s Office has an opening for an Assistant Public Defender. The work involves responsibility for representing indigent defendants as assigned by the Public Defender. The APD represents the defendant through every stage of proceedings following arrest through and including any appeals. In addition to actual representation, the APD assists the Public Defender in the investigation, preparation, conduct and appeal in various court and legal proceedings involving indigent defendants. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Defender and First Assistant Public Defender with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment. Does related work as required.

    TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)
    Represents and counsels’ defendants at every stage of proceedings following arrest;
    Initiates such proceedings as are necessary to protect the rights of the accused;
    Assists the Public Defender in the preparation of various court proceedings;
    Confers with defendants, law enforcement personnel, judges, and District Attorney’s staff concerning individual cases;
    Investigates respondent’s financial status in family court support matters;
    Prepares cases for trial by responding to motions, preparing for hearings, evaluation case, plea-bargaining and discussing case with District Attorney staff in criminal cases and with attorney for the other party in family court cases;
    Prepares all pleadings, including petitions, answers, discovery demands, motions and orders in Family Court matters;
    Prepares for trial by researching law and rules of evidence, preparing trial file of evidence, reviews prospective jurors, reviews trial charges by judge, prepares witnesses for trial and develops trial strategy;
    Supervises clerical staff in connection with the preparation of cases and the maintenance of appropriate records; Tries cases, including jury selection, presentment of cases, questions witnesses at trial, preparing opening statements and preparing closing summations;
    May handle post judgment motions, including receiving motions to vacate judgment, preparing response and brief and arguing motion in Superior Court;
    May handle appeals by preparing brief, arguing appeal in the Appellate Division, seeking permission of Court of Appeals if not a matter of right, and arguing the appeal in the Court of Appeals.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: At the time of appointment, possession of a license to practice law in the State of New York.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of an appropriate NYS motor vehicles license at the time of appointment or otherwise demonstrate an ability to meet the transportation needs of the position.

    SALARY RANGE: $74,865 to $79,923 (commensurate with experience). May qualify for Public Interest Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

    Interested Candidates may submit a copy of a cover letter and resume to:
    Gregory Canale, Public Defender
    Warren County Public Defender’ Office
    1340 State Route 9
    Lake George, New York 12845
    c/o Erin Brothers

    Warren County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer