The Federal Defenders of New York vigorously defends persons charged with federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney. We are an independent, non-profit organization with lawyers practicing in the federal courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (SDNY / EDNY), with offices located in Manhattan and White Plains (SDNY), and Brooklyn and Central Islip (EDNY). Our mission is straightforward: although we provide our services free of cost, our clients should receive the finest legal representation available at any price.
We subscribe to a client-centered approach to legal representation. We listen to our clients, pay close attention to their individual needs, and work closely in teams of paralegals, investigators, social workers, and attorneys to address all aspects of a client’s circumstances. We fight for our clients to obtain the best result possible.
Our staff work together to provide comprehensive representation to our clients. We conduct thorough investigations, diligently counsel and advise clients about their options, and fight vigorously through motion practice and at trial. If our clients are convicted, we advocate on their behalf at sentencing by developing and presenting a full picture of their lives, not one defined exclusively by their court-involvement. We also represent our clients on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals and, if possible to the United States Supreme Court.
We are no longer accepting applications for paralegals in our Manhattan or White Plains offices. Please check back for job postings in the coming months.