Appeals Attorneys


Federal Defenders of New York (“FDNY”) is seeking applicants for a position as an appellate attorney. FDNY is the federal public defender that provides legal representation for indigent persons who are accused of federal crimes in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. We are vigorous in the defense of our clients, and we are seeking applicants with a similar level of passion and dedication to our clients and our work. The appeals unit represents our clients on direct appeals and habeas corpus proceedings in the Supreme Court, the Second Circuit, and the federal district courts. For more information about our office you can visit our website at

Applicants must be admitted to the bar of any state or the District of Columbia and have a minimum of two years of legal experience. Demonstrated excellence in legal writing is a prerequisite for the position. The successful candidate will also have strong oral advocacy skills and the ability to effectively and respectfully communicate and collaborate with other attorneys, non-legal staff members, and clients.

Please email your resume, cover letter, and two writing samples of which you are the sole or principal author to The subject line of the email should be 2021 Appeals Attorney Hiring. The application deadline is September 7, 2021. Your cover letter should be addressed to David Patton, Executive Director, Federal Defenders of New York.

Salary is consistent with the federal pay scale and will depend on the years and nature of your legal experience. The benefits are excellent. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. Federal Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to creating a work environment that fosters inclusion and belonging for all employees.