Public Defender Field Placements (Criminal Law)

Public Defender

  • Adjunct Clinical Professor: Thomas Spina

The classroom component for client advocacy placements combines both civil and criminal practice and addresses common issues of indigent client representation.

Criminal Law - Public Defender Placements
Indigent defendants charged with other than capital crimes are represented by the Public Defender offices of each county and by assigned lawyers. Students may apply for placement with the NYS Defenders Association (a back-up center for Public Defender offices) or with one of the participating Public Defender offices listed below. Students may not be placed with private attorneys. Most students placed at these offices will be involved in direct client representation. Tasks may include research and writing, fact investigation, interviewing witnesses, jail visits, court observation, client counseling, and trial and motion work. Students placed at the participating offices listed below are required to participate in the weekly classroom session of the Public Defender Placement.




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