Brooklyn Defender Service, Trial Attorney

Trial Attorney, Public Defender Office

Candidates for the position of Trial Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice should possess qualities that clearly demonstrate they will excel as career public defenders in one of the nation’s premiere criminal defense law firms. Students will have ideally taken trial advocacy, evidence, ethics, criminal law and criminal procedure courses leading up to their J.D. degree. We are particularly interested in students who have participated in clinical programs involving client representation at those law schools which offer such programs. We also seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to serving the public interest, as expressed by coursework, internships and extra-curricular activities. Prospective attorneys in the Criminal Defense Practice must have an appreciation of, and ability to relate to, the obstacles faced by our indigent clients, both in their Brooklyn neighborhoods and in negotiating the vagaries of New York’s criminal justice system. Candidates whose own background and experience reflect the diversity of Brooklyn’s communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should apply directly to with their cover letters and resumes, and note this is for the NLLSA job fair. 

Cover letters should be addressed as follows: 

Richard M. LaFontaine, Esq.

Senior Trial Attorney & Director of Recruiting

Brooklyn Defender Services, Criminal Defense Practice

177 Livingston Street, 7th Floor

Brooklyn, New York 11201

718.254.0700 x124


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