Career Opportunity – Western District of New York



The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York is now accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender position in the Buffalo office.

An Assistant Federal Public Defender provides zealous, professional legal representation to indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Responsibilities include managing an extensive caseload with cases at varying stages of litigation; preparing pleadings, briefs, and motions; representing clients in trial, hearings and at other related proceedings; reviewing various documents; developing litigation strategies; meeting with clients, experts, witnesses, family members, and others.

All applicants must either be admitted to the State Bar of New York or be a member in good standing of another state bar. Trial and/or federal criminal defense experience is strongly preferred. Applicants must have strong writing and advocacy skills, the ability to work in a team environment, and a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense. Computer proficiency is required.

This is a full-time position that precludes the private practice of law. Employees are considered at-will and are not covered by the Civil Service Reform Act. A final offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including name, fingerprint and IRS tax check.

To apply, forward letter of interest, resume, the AO 78 Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment, (which can be found on our website three references, and writing sample in .pdf format to:

Chelsea Miller, Case Management Assistant
Subject Reference: AFPD-Buffalo

The position is available until filled. All responses will remain confidential. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Federal Public Defender Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women & Minorities Are Encouraged to Apply.