The Bronx Defenders

Training Team 2018: Criminal Defense, Family Defense, and Immigration Practices

3 months ago
Job ID
2017-1159
Category
Legal

Overview

The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks energetic third-year law students and entry-level attorneys with a commitment to public defense to join our Criminal Defense, Family Defense, and Immigration Practices for Training Team 2018.

 

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.

 

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 will primarily litigate abuse and neglect cases, but will occasionally appear in concurrent matters including custody, visitation and termination of parental rights cases. 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 neglect.

 

Immigration Practice:

Over a decade ago, The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation. Our 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 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.

 

Additional responsibilities specific to the Immigration Practice include but are not limited to:

  • Representing non-citizens in applications for immigration benefits including citizenship, adjustment of status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and remedies for victims of crimes
  • Representing non-citizens facing deportation in removal proceedings, both detained and non-detained
  • Representing clients on the full scope of matters before the EOIR Immigration Court related to the removal case, including bond hearings; challenging removability; representing clients in applications for relief including but not limited to asylum, withholding of removal, deferral of removal under CAT, adjustment of status with waivers of admissibility, LPR and Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal, Special Immigration Juvenile Status, and U and T visas; and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Because some clients are detained in facilities a short drive from New York City, a valid driver’s license or ability or ability to obtain one is required (but a car is provided)
  • Spanish fluency or high proficiency is required to provide extensive legal counseling and representation to Spanish speaking clients

Qualifications

All applicants, regardless of practice area, must be:

  • Preparing to graduate from or a recent graduate of an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • A third-year law student, recent law school graduate or attorney having less than 3 years relevant legal practice

 

All applicants, regardless of practice area must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to public service, as well as to working with clients from economically and racially marginalized communities
  • Ability to think critically and quickly on their feet
  • Excellent research, writing and courtroom advocacy skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams

 

Applicants, if hired, must:

  • Sit for the New York State Bar Examination or submit the appropriate materials necessary for Pro Hac Vice admission or waiver

 

The anticipated start date for these positions is September 2018.

 

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

 

Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 13th, 2017. You will be notified by October 30th, 2017 only if you are selected to interview, and will receive information about the interview at that time. Interviews will take place between Monday, October 30th, 2017 and Friday, December 1st, 2017 on The Bronx Defenders Justice Campus located at 360 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY. 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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