The Bronx Defenders

  • Supervising Attorney, Immigration Practice

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/6/2018 3:06 PM)
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  • 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 Supervising Attorney in its Immigration 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 and diverse staff. Our staff of over 300 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, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. 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.


    BxD 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, immigration attorneys at BxD 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 (NYIFUP), the first-ever universal representation project in immigration court.


    The Immigration Practice consists of 29 attorneys (including the Managing and Legal Directors, and four supervisors), four social workers and four legal advocates.


    The Supervising Attorney will report directly to the Managing Director of the Immigration Practice and work on the following:


    Client Representation

      • Carrying a reduced caseload involving the representation of non-citizens facing deportation in removal proceedings, and of non-citizens with criminal justice involvement
      • Emulating best practices for staff attorneys through vigorous, high-quality representation that is holistic and client-centered


    Attorney Supervision

      • Conferencing cases with supervisee attorneys in the NYIFUP practice on a weekly basis
      • Reviewing and providing substantive feedback on written work
      • Providing in-court supervision for all appearances by unadmitted law graduates, as needed and upon request for admitted attorneys
      • Assisting with preparation for individual hearings and supervising litigation, as necessary and appropriate
      • Monitoring caseloads and overseeing entries into our case management system to ensure that data and outcomes are accurately recorded
      • Monitoring and, where appropriate, providing guidance to staff attorneys regarding docket management
      • Monitoring staff attorneys’ organization, time and calendar management, client interactions, and relationships with the judiciary and adversaries
      • Monitoring overall workloads, paid time off usages, and cross-practice collaborations between Immigration and the rest of BxD staff


    Performance Evaluations

      • Formally conducting annual performance evaluations of attorneys and advocates
      • Providing continual year-round feedback to attorneys to promote the continual development of their practice and skills, particularly after trials and the submission of written work


    Immigration Practice Leadership Team Collaboration

      • Participating in weekly Practice Supervisor meetings and in monthly leadership team meetings
      • Contributing to systemic policy reform initiatives


    Supervisory Skill Development

      • Attending formal trainings for supervisors
      • Working with the Managing and Legal Directors to develop supervisory skills


    Applicants must have:

      • A J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school
      • At least three (3) years of immigration law experience, preferably criminal-immigration/“crim-imm” practice, or relevant/equivalent experience
      • Demonstrably strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
      • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
      • Excellent organizational skills
      • A passion for teaching immigration legal issues to advocates with less experience
      • A capacity to self-motivate and work independently
      • The ability to work in fast paced environment and solve problems under pressure
      • A passion for the mission and values of BxD and a dedication to building a robust legal practice
      • Experience working in and with low-income communities of color, like those in the South Bronx
      • Spanish fluency or high-level proficiency strongly preferred
      • Valid driver’s license is required



    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 missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.


    The application deadline is July 27, 2018, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Please contact Sarah Deri Oshiro, Managing Director, 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, experiences, and communities to apply.


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