The Bronx Defenders

Summer Legal Internships 2018: Criminal, Civil, Family, Immigration, and Impact Litigation Practices

3 months ago
Job ID
2017-1156
Category
Legal

Overview

The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks energetic second-year law students committed to public defense to join our Criminal Defense, Family Defense, Civil Action, Immigration, and Impact Litigation Practices for Summer 2018.

 

Over a period of 10 weeks, The Bronx Defenders Summer Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for interns to receive extensive training in various legal disciplines and play an integral role in holistic defense. Interns gain invaluable client interaction, participate in a summer-long intensive trial training, and as rising third-year law students, are permitted to advocate for clients in court.

Responsibilities

Criminal Defense Practice

Criminal Defense Attorneys zealously advocate for individuals charged with criminal offenses in the Bronx Criminal Courts. They appear in various proceedings including but not limited to arraignments, hearings and trials in criminal courts, as well as concurrent proceedings such as Superintendent’s suspension and Department of Motor Vehicle refusal hearings. Criminal Defense Attorneys provide comprehensive representation in collaboration with attorneys and advocates in other practice areas to avoid or mitigate any enmeshed consequences that may arise out of our clients’ contact with the criminal court system. To that end, Criminal Defense Attorneys must consistently be prepared to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, prosecutors, and other actors within the systems our clients navigate. Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending individuals charged with criminal offenses.

 

Civil Action Practice

Our Civil Action Practice provides comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation with our Criminal and Family defense practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from Criminal and Family court proceedings while facilitating the reintegration of our clients into the community.  

 

Our Civil Action Practice attorneys and legal advocates represent clients in every forum in New York City – administrative, state, and federal – to address these problems.  Our civil staff attorneys and advocates provide comprehensive advocacy to help our clients resolve civil legal problems related to barriers to housing, eviction, employment, public benefits, police misconduct, criminal record errors, and civil forfeiture. Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending individuals in civil legal proceedings.

 

Family Defense Practice

Family Defense Attorneys at The Bronx Defenders are at the forefront of a movement to provide holistic, institutional representation to parents in Bronx County Family Court who are fighting allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. They are dedicated to fighting on behalf of parents whose parental rights are in peril while creating long-term solutions for the reunification and stability of families. Family Defense Attorneys provide comprehensive representation in collaboration with attorneys and advocates in other practice areas to avoid or mitigate any enmeshed consequences that may arise out of our clients’ contact with the family court system. To that end, Family Defense Attorneys must be consistently prepared to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, representatives of the Administration for Children’s Services, and other actors within the systems our clients navigate. Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending parents charged with abuse and/or neglect.

 

Immigration Practice

Over a decade ago, The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation. 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, Immigration Attorneys 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 challenging unforgiving federal immigration laws. Since November 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. Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending all noncitizens in immigration proceedings.

 

Impact Litigation Practice

Interns in our Impact Litigation Practice will support attorneys in collaborating with all other practice areas at The Bronx Defenders to identify, develop, and litigate challenges to systemic violations and injustices that affect our clients, including racially-discriminatory policing, unequal access to housing and employment, government seizure of property, curtailment of parental rights in family court proceedings, immigration abuses, and other government misconduct. Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to social justice, and exceptional research, writing and data collection skills.



Legal Interns will assist Attorneys in every aspect of client representation. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to preparing for hearings and trial, interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting legal research, writing legal motions, connecting clients with necessary resources and representing them in court pursuant to the Student Practice Order. Interns will also have the opportunity to observe or co-counsel cases in other venues (ie. Criminal Court, Civil Court, Family Court, Immigration Court, Administrative Hearings, etc.) as necessary or desired.

 

Notably, all summer legal interns will receive extensive client interaction, especially while participating in our Community Intake. The Bronx Defenders is one of the only public defender offices in New York City that allows any resident of the Bronx to walk into the office and seek assistance with any issue. Summer legal interns will engage with and help to connect these residents to the appropriate services or advocates to address their issues.

 

Qualifications

Applicants for all practice areas must demonstrate:

  • Experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
  • Strong research, writing and oral advocacy skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think critically and quickly on their feet
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams

 

Applicants must be:

  • A second-year law student at an American Bar Association accredited law school

 

The summer internship will begin on May 29, 2018 and end on August 3, 2018.

 

To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. In your cover letter, please specify the practice area(s) to which you are applying. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

 

Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 13, 2017. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis through Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For local candidates, interviews will take place on The Bronx Defenders Justice Campus located at 360 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY. Otherwise, interviews will be conducted via telephone or Skype. If you have any further questions, please email Shannon Cumberbatch at shannonc@bronxdefenders.org. No phone calls, please.

 

The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.

 

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