The Bronx Defenders

  • Supervising Attorney, Civil Action Practice

    Posted Date 8 months ago(11/7/2018 10:27 AM)
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  • Overview

    The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic Supervising Attorney with a commitment to social justice to join our 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 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.


    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.


    The Civil Action Practice seeks a Supervising Attorney to work closely with the Managing Director to supervise and mentor the general civil staff attorneys and legal advocates, as well as provide comprehensive civil legal representation in collaboration with our interdisciplinary teams.  

    The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for:

    • Implementing practice priorities, assigning work, and supervising, supporting, and assessing staff to assure high-quality legal representation
    • Carrying an individual caseload proportionate to their supervisory responsibilities  
    • Providing comprehensive advocacy and representation to help our clients resolve a broad range of civil legal problems such as barriers to housing, eviction, employment, public benefits, forfeiture, police misconduct, criminal record errors, and disability
    • Representing clients in a range of contexts, including negotiations, administrative and judicial proceedings, and trials  
    • Working with the Director to develop and implement training and public education to the community


    Qualified applicants should:

    • Be admitted to practice law in New York
    • Have a minimum of 4 years of litigation experience, with specific experience in housing law  
    • Have demonstrated commitment to the public interest law, racial justice and housing justice
    • Have experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
    • Have demonstrated experience supervising attorneys, advocates or interns
    • Be creative, flexible, independent, and highly motivated leaders
    • Have excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and non-lawyers in criminal, immigration, and family practices
    • Experience with reentry issues is highly desirable     
    • Ability to speak Spanish is highly desirable


    Salary is commensurate with experience.  For candidates with 1-10 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $71,000 to $102,500. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy; and a professional development fund. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.  



    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.



    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 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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