Litigation Director

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is an independent, non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to incarcerated individuals in New York State’s prisons. Through its main office in Albany, and its five regional offices in the Bronx, Buffalo, Ithaca, Plattsburgh and Newburgh, PLS represents incarcerated clients in state and federal courts in both individual and class action litigation related to prison conditions, engages in administrative and legislative advocacy, and provides advice and information to incarcerated New Yorkers. PLS also operates a separately funded program focused on providing representation in immigration proceedings. PLS’s Pro Bono Project works with large law firms in major class action litigation and with individual practitioners in individual cases. Recent litigation includes challenges to the use of solitary confinement, claims of excessive force, challenges to disciplinary hearings and denials of temporary release and programming, habeas corpus petitions, and ADA claims.


The Litigation Director is responsible for the legal work of the program. The Litigation Director monitors the program’s administrative advocacy and litigation, reviewing all proposed federal litigation and non-routine state court litigation, and supervising the legal work of PLS’ Pro Bono Project. The Litigation Director also maintains a litigation caseload. The Litigation Director participates in ongoing program-wide strategic planning efforts to identify emerging issues, set priorities, and decide what type of advocacy will be most effective for each issue. The Litigation Director also has primary responsibility for developing and implementing training programs for PLS staff on substantive law, professional responsibility issues and litigation skills. The preferred candidate will have a minimum of 10 years litigation experience and five years management experience.


The Litigation Director reports directly to the Executive Director and is part of the organization’s management team.


PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York, and sets salaries depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k)-retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: pkane@plsny.org. Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The position will remain open until filled.