The Bronx Defenders

Team-Based Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/31/2018 3:31 PM)
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The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, community-oriented indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an Immigration Staff Attorney to join our vibrant Immigration Practice.


The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation over a decade 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, 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 aimed at reforming 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, the first-ever universal representation project in immigration court. Our Immigration Practice consists of 27 attorneys (including the director and 4 supervisors), 2 social workers and 3 legal advocates. We provide comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating immigration representation with our Criminal and Family Defense Practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from criminal and family proceedings and facilitate the reentry of our clients into the community. We also work in tandem with civil generalist practitioners who provide comprehensive advocacy to help our clients resolve problems such as barriers to housing, eviction, employment, public benefits, police misconduct, criminal record errors, and disability.



This particular opening is for a position as a “team-based” attorney, who will advise non-citizens accused of crimes on the immigration consequences of contemplated dispositions. They will work closely with our criminal defense attorneys to mitigate the impact of criminal charges by crafting and advocating for appropriate alternative outcomes; work with the attorneys from our family defense practice and their clients on immigration matters impacting their Family Court case; represent noncitizens in applications for immigration benefits including citizenship, adjustment of status, special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and remedies for victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other crimes; and represent non-citizens facing deportation in removal proceedings.


Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to public service, defense of non-citizens who have been accused or convicted of crimes, as well as to working with clients from marginalized communities
  • High levels of motivation, creativity, and flexibility
  • Excellent research, writing, and courtroom advocacy skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams of advocates
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • The ability to work and problem-solve under pressure


Applicants must:

  • Have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Be admitted to a state bar
  • Have prior experience in immigration and/or criminal law, ideally both; experience in representing non-citizens in removal proceedings and/or Padilla work is strongly preferred
  • Have Spanish fluency or high proficiency, as the job requires extensive legal counseling and representation in the Spanish language


Applicant, if hired, must:

  • Sit for the very next administration of the NYS Bar Examination (if not already admitted and ineligible for admission via waiver)

Starting salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.


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. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, February 28th. Please contact Sarah Deri Oshiro, Managing Director of the Immigration Practice, via email at 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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