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Posted Date 4 days ago(9/23/2021 12:49 PM)
The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx –seeks an experienced Project Director in our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program    The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that works to radically transform how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal systems. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of almost 400 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, organizers, mentors, a communications specialists who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have utilized a groundbreaking, nationally recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.    Each year, we defend more than 20,000 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 levels. 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.   Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) is a project within The Bronx Defenders that works with pregnant people and mothers with newborns,providing them with holistic defense advocacy, case management, and supportive services. Current research shows that early disruptions in bonding with a primary attachment figure can have life-long implications for babies. HMHB works with mothers at risk of losing their children to foster care to help ensure that babies are safely able to remain home, or when that is not possible, help develop plans to best promote the parent-child relationship and minimize the length of stay in foster care.   The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Project Director will manage the HMHB program and supervise all HMHB staff while carrying a reduced caseload.  The Project Director reports directly to the FDP Director of Social Work while carrying a reduced caseload.
Job ID
2021-1549
Posted Date 1 week ago(9/20/2021 2:27 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate individual with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Director of Advancement.   The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that works to radically transform how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal systems. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of almost 400 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, organizers, mentors, a communications specialists who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have utilized a groundbreaking, nationally recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.    Each year, we defend more than 20,000 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 levels. 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.   The Director of Advancement plays a key role in the organization by strengthening current fundraising strategies and developing new ones. The Director of Advancement works under the supervision of the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships and in partnership with the Executive Director, and is primarily responsible for leading all aspects of fundraising initiatives for individual giving, including annual fundraising campaigns and special events that seek support from individual and corporate donors. The Director of Advancement will also work closely with the Managing Director of Communications to support the organization’s reach and messaging through the implementation of written and digital content such as emails to donors, supporters, and partners. 
Job ID
2021-1544
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/13/2021 4:46 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks passionate new and experienced attorneys with a commitment to social justice to join our Family Defense, Immigration Defense Criminal Defense, and Civil Action Practice beginning Winter 2022.   The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal 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 400 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, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. 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 more than 20,000 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 levels. 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 attorneys will receive several weeks of intensive, interdisciplinary training on holistic representation, research and writing, litigation skills, client and community engagement, and analysis of oppressive systems on the marginalized communities we work with. Beyond this training period, throughout their time at BxD, staff will participate in practice-specific and anti-oppression trainings to sharpen their advocacy skills, raise their overall consciousness, and enhance their collaboration with clients and colleagues. 
Job ID
2021-1543
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/16/2021 4:23 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD)—an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx—seeks two passionate attorneys committed to public defense to serve as Supervising Attorneys.   The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal 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 400 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, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. 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 more than 20,000 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 levels. 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.   CAP Overview   Holistic Defense and Enmeshed Civil Consequences   Our Civil Action Practice provides comprehensive civil legal services to our clients and their families by integrating civil representation with our Criminal Defense, Family Defense and Immigration Practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from criminal, family and immigration court proceedings and facilitate the seamless reintegration of our clients into the community. Our 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 address instances of police misconduct, criminal record errors, and civil forfeiture.   Housing Justice and the Right to Counsel   Recognizing the expanding and evolving landscape of our Housing Right to Counsel work, The Bronx Defenders seeks a passionate Supervising Attorney with a commitment to social justice to supervise our Right to Counsel in Housing team (RTC housing team) in the Civil Action Practice (CAP). Reporting to the Housing Team Director, the Supervising Attorney will represent a reduced caseload of clients, provide team-based services and directly supervise RTC housing team attorneys, advocates and other staff. 
Job ID
2021-1534
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/9/2021 1:24 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD)—an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx—seeks an energetic leader committed to public defense to serve as a Director to our Housing Team.   The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal 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 400 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, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. 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 more than 20,000 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 levels. 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.   Holistic Defense and Enmeshed Civil Consequences   Our Civil Action Practice provides comprehensive civil legal services to clients and their families by integrating civil representation with our Criminal, Family Defense and Immigration Practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from criminal, family and immigration court proceedings and facilitate the seamless reintegration of our clients into the community. Our 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.   Housing Justice and the Right to Counsel   Recognizing the expanding and evolving landscape of our Right to Counsel housing work, we are growing the leadership of our housing team in our Civil Action Practice (CAP) at BxD.   Reporting to the Managing Director of CAP, the Housing team Director will lead our Right To Counsel (RTC) housing team; supervise housing attorneys, advocates and other staff; and represent a reduced caseload of clients. 
Job ID
2021-1533
Posted Date 2 months ago(7/21/2021 2:33 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks passionate law graduates and entry-level attorneys with a commitment to public defense to join our Family, Criminal, and Immigration Defense Practice beginning Fall 2022.   The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal 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 400 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, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. 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 more than 20,000 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 levels. 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.   Entry-level attorneys will receive several weeks of intensive, interdisciplinary training on holistic representation, substantive relevant law, research and writing, litigation skills, client and community engagement, analysis of oppressive systems, and their impact on the marginalized communities we work with. Beyond this training period, staff will participate in practice-specific training as well as consistent comprehensive training to sharpen their advocacy skills, raise their overall consciousness, and enhance their collaboration with clients and colleagues. 
Job ID
2021-1525
Posted Date 3 months ago(7/9/2021 7:24 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD)—an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx—seeks passionate second-year (2L) law students committed to public defense to join our Criminal Defense, Family Defense, Civil Action, Immigration Defense, and Impact Litigation Practices for our 2022 Summer Internship Program.   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 400 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 advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. 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 more than 20,000 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.   Over a period of 10 weeks, The Bronx Defenders Summer Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for interns to receive extensive training in various legal disciplines and play an integral role in holistic defense. Legal interns receive a comprehensive orientation with an introduction to all of our interdisciplinary practice areas and special projects, technical skill training and simulations, and anti-oppression workshops. Our legal interns gain invaluable client interaction experience, participate in a summer-long intensive legal skills training series, and may have the opportunity to advocate for clients in legal settings.   Our 2022 Summer Internship will begin on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 and end Friday, August 5, 2022.
Job ID
2021-1522
Posted Date 5 months ago(5/5/2021 4:12 PM)
The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks passionate third-year (3L) law students committed to public defense to join our Criminal Defense, Family Defense, Civil Action and Immigration Practices as Pro Bono Scholars for Spring 2022.   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, transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, passionate individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 400 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 defensethat 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 levels. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we work with, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.   The Pro Bono Scholars Program represents a partnership among the Judiciary, law schools, and the profession with the goal of revitalizing the legal education system to adapt to our society’s changing needs. This new option in legal education better assists students in preparing for the actual practice of law, impresses upon them the value of public service at the start of their careers, and provides much-needed assistance to those of limited means.   Students who are accepted into the Pro Bono Scholars Program will spend 12 weeks working full-time in a pro bono placement, while also completing an academic component at their law school. Students will have the opportunity to develop quality mentorship relationships and receive invaluable practical training under the supervision of both a practicing lawyer and a faculty member. As an additional benefit for participating in the program, students will be permitted to take the New York Bar Examination in February of their final year of study, before they graduate.   Please see descriptions of our practice areas below:   Criminal Defense Practice Criminal Defense Attorneys zealously advocate for individuals charged with criminal offenses in Bronx Criminal Court. They appear in various proceedings including but not limited to arraignments, hearings and trials in criminal court, as well as concurrent proceedings such as Superintendent’s suspension and Department of Motor Vehicle refusal hearings. Criminal Defense Attorneys provide comprehensive representation in collaboration with attorneys and advocates in other practice areas to avoid or mitigate any enmeshed consequences that may arise out of our clients’ contact with the criminal legal system. To that end, Criminal Defense Attorneys must consistently be prepared to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, prosecutors, and other actors within the systems our clients navigate.   Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending individuals charged with criminal offenses.   Civil Action Practice 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 while facilitating the reintegration of our clients into the community. Our 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 action staff attorneys and advocates provide comprehensive advocacy to help our clients resolve civil legal problems related to barriers to housing, eviction, employment, public benefits, police misconduct, criminal record errors, and civil forfeiture.   Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending individuals in civil legal proceedings.   Family Defense Practice Family Defense Attorneys at The Bronx Defenders are at the forefront of a movement to provide holistic, institutional representation to parents in Bronx County Family Court who are fighting allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. They are dedicated to fighting on behalf of parents whose parental rights are in peril while creating long-term solutions for the reunification and stability of families. Family Defense Attorneys provide comprehensive representation in collaboration with attorneys and advocates in other practice areas to avoid or mitigate any enmeshed consequences that may arise out of our clients’ contact with the family court system. To that end, Family Defense Attorneys must be consistently prepared to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, representatives of the Administration for Children’s Services, and other actors within the family regulation system our clients navigate.   Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending parents charged with abuse and/or neglect.    Immigration Practice Over a decade ago, The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation. 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 The Bronx Defenders 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 challenging 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.     We are specifically seeking applications from candidates with Spanish language skills and/or those from racially/ethnically marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by systemic injustice, whose lived experiences contribute to more culturally conscious client representation.
Job ID
2021-1509
Posted Date 2 years ago(11/22/2019 9:58 AM)
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 staff attorney opening in its 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 legal 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 350 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, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. 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 more than 20,000 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.  
Job ID
2019-1410
Posted Date 2 years ago(9/25/2019 11:58 AM)
The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic advocate with a commitment to social justice to fill a Housing  Staff Attorney opening in its 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, immigration, and family defense practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from systems involvement 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.     In addition to the above, The Bronx Defenders is part of the Right to Counsel Coalition and a provider staffing in court intake to provide the right to Counsel in Housing Court.
Job ID
2019-1392