The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced trial attorney with at least six years of criminal defense experience and who satisfy the First Department requirements to represent people charged with homicide offenses (Click here for the First Department Homicide Panel requirements.) for our new Homicide Practice Group (HPG).
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.
Each year, we defend 27,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.
Experienced homicide attorney will work collaboratively with other attorneys and advocates at BxD to establish and expand the HPG.
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Applicants must have:
To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both a cover letter and resume as a single document when prompted. Your cover letter should include the number of trials conducted to verdicts, specifying whether the matter was a felony or a misdemeanor, whether you were sole or lead counsel (or second seat), the number homicide matters handled and the number of homicide trials conducted to verdicts.Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. Interviews will commence the week of September 24, 2018. Please contact Karen Smolar, Trial Chief, via email at email@example.com 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.