The Bronx Defenders

  • Staff Attorney, Civil Action Practice

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/2/2018 8:14 PM)
    Job ID
    2017-1213
    Category
    Legal
  • Overview

    The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic advocate with a commitment to social justice to fill a staff attorney opening in its Civil Action Practice.

     

    BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice 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 staff.

     

    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 and facilitate the seamless reintegration of our clients into the community.  The current 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 representation to assist our clients in overcoming civil legal barriers to housing, eviction, employment, and public benefits, as well as addressing instances of police misconduct, criminal record errors, and civil forfeiture.  

    Responsibilities

    The Civil Action Practice seeks a staff attorney to provide comprehensive advocacy and representation to help our clients resolve a broad range of civil legal problems and with a focus on eviction and barriers to housing. The attorney will work collaboratively with attorneys, advocates and social workers to assess client legal needs.  The attorney will represent individuals in negotiations, administrative and judicial proceedings and trials, with a particular concentration in housing. The attorney will staff housing court intake. The attorney also will be involved in community intake, trainings and public education.

    Qualifications

    • Applicants should be
      • law graduates who will sit for the New York State Bar Exam in July, or
      • admitted to practice in New York, with a minimum of 1-3 years of litigation experience.
    • Experience in and commitment to housing justice issues highly desirable.
    • Applicants must be creative, flexible, independent, and highly motivated leaders.
    • Excellent organizational skills, writing ability, and communication skills are essential.
    • Ability to speak Spanish is highly desirable.
    • Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and must be fierce, committed advocates to our client base.

     

    Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

     

    To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload BOTH a cover letter and resume as a single document when prompted. Applications without cover letters will NOT be considered.

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Please contact Runa Rajagopal, Managing Director, Civil Action Practice, via email at runar@bronxdefenders.org with any questions regarding the position.

     

    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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