The Bronx Defenders

Welcome

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 marginalizes 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 comprehensive benefits.  


ANNOUNCEMENTS

2020 Fellowships at The Bronx Defenders

We will be accepting applications through Sunday, July 28, 2019

 

Every year during the month of July, The Bronx Defenders accepts applications from third-year law students and recent graduates proposing innovative projects to support holistic defense within or across any combination of our criminal, family, civil, immigration and/or impact litigation practices. Interviews will take place through the second week of August of this year, candidates will be notified by the end of the month and sponsored fellows will begin their term in September 2020. Please see more details and apply through the appropriate listing below. Please note that this is not a route to apply for direct service positions in our Criminal Defense Practice; please see our Entry-Level Training Team listing for such opportunities.

 

Entry-Level Attorney Positions - Training Team 2020

We will be accepting applications beginning Monday, July 15th - Friday, October 4th, 2019

 

Every year, in August through October, The Bronx Defenders accepts applications from third-year law students and recent graduates for our criminal, family and immigration practices. Interviews will take place through the beginning of December and the selected interdisciplinary class of entry-level attorneys and advocates starts in September of the following year.  Please apply through your on-campus interviewing program or nearest career fair if possible, otherwise, please check our listings below during the application period and follow the instructions to apply.    



INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Summer 2020 Legal Internship Opportunities

We will be accepting applications beginning Monday, July 15th - Friday, October 4th, 2019

 

Every year, in August through October, The Bronx Defenders accepts applications from second-year law students for our criminal, family, civil, immigration and impact litigation practices. Interviews will take place through the end of October/first week of November and our robust summer internship programming will begin May of the following year. Please apply through your on campus interviewing program or nearest career fair if possible, otherwise, please check our listings below during the application period and follow the instructions to apply.  

 

Summer 2020 Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

Applications will be accepted Monday, December 2nd, 2019  through Friday, January 31, 2020

 

Every year, The Bronx Defenders accepts applications from undergraduate college students for our investigations, parent advocate, civil legal advocate, immigration civil legal advocate, youth mentoring and community organizing roles. Interviews will take place during the month of February and our robust summer internship programming will begin in May. Please check our listings below during the application period and follow the instructions to apply.  

 

 

Summer Internship Diversity Programming

 

The Bronx Defenders offers a range of diversity programming and activities for interns from underrepresented backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to the following:

 

Need-Based Diversity Funding

 

 

We understand that financial hardship can make pursuing internship opportunities and careers in public service incredibly difficult, particularly for those from marginalized communities. The Bronx Defenders is dedicated to cultivating committed advocates from various backgrounds and experiences, particularly those who reflect the identities and experiences of the populations that we serve. In effort to promote the diversity and inclusion of people from such underrepresented groups, The Bronx Defenders is offering need-based funding to those in greatest financial need, who contribute to underrepresented diversity in the profession. Each summer intern class will receive information about this funding opportunity, assuming funding is available.

 

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, our internship opportunities are currently unpaid otherwise. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their academic institutions or third-party funders, and will share opportunities for financial assistance and affordable housing as we learn of them.



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 professional support and guidance. In addition to social events and networking mixers, the IOC Program features a Race, Class, Powr and Privilege Discussion Series, in which interns have a safe and supportive space throughout the summer to unpack the nuances of privilege and oppression as it relates to their lived experiences, and the representation of marginalized communities.

 

LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program

 

Interns who identify within the LGBTQ+ spectrum may opt-in to this mentorship program, in which they are paired with mentors of similar identification, orientation and/or interests who provide professional support and guidance. The Bronx Defenders LGBTQ+ mentoring program creates a safe and supportive space for participants to explore nuances of privilege and oppression as it relates to their lived experiences and the representation of marginalized populations. Activities include a variety of meetings and social events.

 


Lateral/Experienced Attorney Applicants
We are currently accepting applications for lateral staff attorney positions in our Civil Action Practice. Please see the related job announcements below for details on the available positions and the application process.


Note that we are not currently accepting applications for our Criminal Defense Practice.


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 Lecelott Rosario, Recruiting & Hiring Coordinator, at lecelottr@bronxdefenders.org. 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.

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