The Bronx Defenders (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 diverse 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.
All applicants must be dedicated to serving racially and socioeconomically oppressed communities, and to collaboratively contributing to the holistic defense of our clients. Spanish proficiency is a strong plus.
Compensation for all staff positions is commensurate with experience and accompanied by excellent benefits.
Fellowship Opportunities, 2019
Applications due Friday, July 19th
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 19, 2018. Those selected for interviews will be informed by July 27, 2018, and the selection process will conclude in August.
Entry-Level Attorney Positions - Training Team 2019
August 17th through October 12th
We will be accepting applications from law graduates and attorneys with less than three years legal practice for our Immigration, Family and Criminal Defense Practices beginning Friday, August 17th through Friday, October 12th at 11:59 PM EST.
The Training Team receives seven weeks of intensive, interdisciplinary training on holistic representation, substantive law, legal advocacy, client and community engagement, as well as race, class and privilege as it relates to the work, among other things. Beyond this seven-week period, staff members receive consistent and comprehensive training relevant to their practice and the representation of the Bronx community.
For Second-Year (2L) Law Students, Summer 2019
August 17th through October 12th
We will be accepting applications from second-year (2L) law students for our Immigration, Civil Action, Impact Litigation, Family Defense, and Criminal Defense Practices beginning Friday, August 17th through Friday, October 12th at 11:59 PM EST.
For First-Year (1L) Law Students
The Bronx Defenders will not be accepting applications from first-year (1L) law students this year.
Undergraduate Internship Opportunities
December 1st through January 18th
Applications will be accepted from Saturday, December 1st to Friday, January 18th.
*Summer Internship Diversity Programming
The Bronx Defenders offers a range of diversity programming and activities for interns from marginalized backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to the following:
Intern of Color Mentoring Program
Recognizing the underrepresentation of people of color in the legal profession, and the need for greater representation in the public interest field, The Bronx Defenders offers an Intern of Color Mentoring Program (IOC) to our summer intern class. Self-identifying interns of color who opt-in to the IOC Program are paired with mentors of similar backgrounds and interests who offer support and professional guidance. The IOC Program presents social activities, such as mentor/mentee mixers, as well as a “Race, Class, and Privilege Discussion Series”, in which interns have a safe space throughout the summer to discuss personal and professional experiences while exploring the nuances of oppression and intersectionality. Discussions and trainings are designed to empower interns in their careers, but also to explore the ways in which we might empower and become better advocates for our clients from marginalized experiences.
LGBTQI Mentoring Program
Interns who identify as LGBTQI may opt-in to this program, in which they are paired with mentors of similar identification and experience who provide support and professional guidance. The Bronx Defenders LGBTQI working group creates a supportive safe space where interns can discuss personal and professional experiences while exploring the nuances of oppression and intersectionality. Programming includes, but is not limited to: Orientation Cultural Competency Trainings, mentor/mentee mixers, collective participation in the Annual Pride Parade, field trips to the Bronx Trans Collective, and Queeroke (Queer Karaoke). Discussions and trainings are designed to empower interns in their careers, but also to explore the ways in which we might empower and become better advocates for our clients from marginalized experiences.
Due to our limited resources, our internship opportunities are currently unpaid. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their academic institutions or third-party funders.
Lateral Attorney Applicants
We are currently accepting applications for lateral staff attorney positions in our Civil Action Practice. Please see the related posting for a full description and to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for positions with The Bronx Defenders, please view our Job Listings below, select the position(s) of interest, and follow the instructions to apply. Please be sure to upload both a resume and a cover letter together as a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.
If you encounter difficulty, please click the Applications FAQ link at the bottom of the page.
For additional questions regarding employment opportunities at The Bronx Defenders, please contact Diatre Padilla, Recruiting & Hiring Coordinator, at email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
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.