The Bronx Defenders (BxD) an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx seeks an experienced attorney with a commitment to immigrants rights to serve as a supervisor of our New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) detained removal defense program.
The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 400 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.
Each year, we defend more than 20,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.
The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation over fifteen years ago. Immigration attorneys work closely with clients and their advocates throughout the pendency of their cases in both Criminal and Family Court to avoid or mitigate negative immigration consequences. Additionally, the immigration staff at The Bronx Defenders represent clients in deportation proceedings in both detained and non-detained settings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based systemic reform litigation and advocacy aimed at reforming unforgiving federal immigration laws. Since 2013, our immigration attorneys have also served as assigned counsel at the Varick Street Immigration Court under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), the first-ever universal representation project in immigration court. The Immigration Practice consists of over fifty staff members including attorneys, social workers, legal advocates and administrators.
The Supervising Attorney will report directly to the Deputy Director of the Immigration Practice and will have the following responsibilities:
- Represent a reduced caseload of non-citizens facing deportation in removal proceedings
- Conference cases with attorney supervisees in the NYIFUP practice on a weekly basis
- Review and provide substantive feedback on written work
- Provide in-court supervision for all appearances by unadmitted law graduates, as needed and upon request for admitted attorneys
- Assist with preparation for individual hearings and supervise litigation
- Monitor caseloads and oversee entries into our case management system to ensure that data and outcomes are accurately recorded
- Monitor and provide guidance to staff attorneys regarding docket management
- Encourage and support the professional development of supervisees
- Attend meetings of the immigration practices leadership team to discuss ongoing issues impacting the practice
- Provide support to the practice directors and other supervisors, or assist with other supervisory duties, as requested by the Deputy Managing Director
- Lead and/or assist with external and internal trainings and presentations
We are specifically seeking applications from candidates with Spanish language skills and/or those from racially/ethnically marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by systemic injustice, whose lived experiences contribute to more culturally conscious client representation.
Applicants must have:
- Licenced to practice law in New York or eligible to become licensed to practice in New York
- At least three (3) years of immigration law experience, preferably criminal-immigration/crim-imm practice, or relevant/equivalent experience
- Experience working in and with immigrant communities and/or low-income, communities of color targeted by carceral systems
- Demonstrably strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
- Strong communication, interpersonal and active listening skills
- Excellent organization and time management skills
- A passion for teaching immigration legal issues to advocates with less experience
- The ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and solve problems under pressure while maintaining organization
- Dedication to building a robust legal practice
- Ability to think critically and quickly in moments of chaos
- Ability and desire to work well independently as well as collaboratively and respectfully with lawyers and non-lawyers alike from various practice areas
- Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate, collaborate and connect with people from various backgrounds, identities, experiences, and positions
- Openness to receive critical feedback constructively and shift behavior accordingly
- Experience working in and with racially and ethnically marginalized communities of color targeted by systemic injustice
- Meticulous attention to detail
- Excellent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality around sensitive issues
- Excellent judgment in zealous advocacy and willing to strategically challenge authority in defense of clients
- Commitment to raising ones cultural consciousness and challenging oppressive practices on an interpersonal and institutional level
- Valid drivers license preferred
We value both lived and professional experience in meeting the above qualifications
Salary is commensurate with experience. For candidates with 3-6 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $82,933 to $91,500. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.
To apply, please click APPLY TO THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both a cover letter and resume as a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.
The application deadline is November 9, 2020. Please contact Sarah Deri Oshiro, Managing Director, Immigration Practice, via email at sarahdobronxdefenders.org with any questions regarding the position.
The Bronx Defenders is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating an anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting hiring and promotion processes that are equitable and accessible to those commonly excluded from the workforce. We do not discriminate against and in fact specifically encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, neurodivergent, and those directly impacted by criminal, civil, family and immigration legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience and particularly welcome applications from the Bronx community that we serve.