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Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/19/2022 4:20 PM)
The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate investigator to join our Criminal Defense Practice as a Homicide Investigator.     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, 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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.       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 transformation at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.     Criminal Defense Practice       The Criminal Defense Practice (CDP) at The Bronx Defenders is composed of over 150 attorneys, investigators, social workers, practice associates, and administrators who provide comprehensive criminal defense representation to people in the Bronx facing police and criminal legal system involvement. CDP attorneys, advocates and administrators collaborate on interdisciplinary holistic teams to identify and address issues that contribute to the ensnarement of the people we defend in the criminal legal system and the enmeshed consequences that arise out of their contact with it. Through a client-centered approach, our CDP attorneys strive to gain a deeper understanding of the priorities of the people we represent. With that understanding, they fight for desired outcomes by strategically raising personalized, persuasive arguments in mitigation, negotiations, and litigation.      Homicide Practice Group    The Homicide Practice Group (HPG) is made up of a team of experienced CDP attorneys, social workers, mitigation specialists, and investigators who specialize in homicide cases.Homicide investigators participate in client interviewing, form relationships with family and friends of the people we represent, collaborate on mitigation reports, and learn about case theory and strategy.
Job ID
2022-1669
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/14/2022 4:17 PM)
The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced attorney to join our Forensic Practice Group (FPG) as a DNAAttorney.    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 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, 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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we represent.    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 change at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.    Criminal Defense Practice       The Criminal Defense Practice (CDP) at The Bronx Defenders is composed of over 150 attorneys, investigators, social workers, practice associates, and administrators who provide comprehensive criminal defense representation to people in the Bronx facing police and criminal legal system involvement. CDP attorneys, advocates and administrators collaborate on interdisciplinary holistic teams to identify and address issues that contribute to the ensnarement of the people we defend in the criminal legal system and the enmeshed consequences that arise out of their contact with it. Through a client-centered approach, our CDP attorneys strive to gain a deeper understanding of the priorities of the people we represent. With that understanding, they fight for desired outcomes by strategically raising personalized, persuasive arguments in mitigation, negotiations, and litigation.      Criminal Defense Attorneys at The Bronx Defenders zealously advocate for individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in Bronx Criminal Courts. 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.    Forensic Practice Group    The Forensic Practice Group (FPG), a group within our Criminal Defense Practice, utilizes forensic science to zealously defend the people we represent, advocate for policies that prevent the misuse of science in courts, and ensure forensic literacy within our office and among other public defender offices.
Job ID
2022-1668
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/13/2022 4:16 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a Spanish Language Translator to join the Operations 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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.       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 transformation at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.     Operations   The Operations department assists our dedicated staff of attorneys, advocates, social workers, and administrative professionals to ensure smooth operations and maximize efficiency within the organization. Our onsite general office support is designed to be a collaborative space for our staff to seek operational advice on general office management and facilities. The work of our department is meant to help advance the needs of the people we represent and facilitate the process by which their legal teams support them and advocate for them to reach their goals.     As an office committed to holistic representation, our operations team must stay abreast of city, state, and federal business operating procedures, employment policies, and health and safety guidelines, and centralize resources to support our staff and the people we represent in navigating the criminal, family, immigration, and civil legal systems. The Operations department also plays an active role in onboarding new staff members and conducting staff-wide trainings on office guidelines, safety protocols, and emergency drills. The Operations department helps create a safe and accessible environment for staff, visitors, and Bronx community members.Accessibility includes language access, and as an office in the South Bronx with a large Spanish-Speaking population, an Interpreter/Translator is an integral part of the operations team.
Job ID
2022-1667
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(9/9/2022 4:16 PM)
The Bronx Defenders —an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx —seeks a passionate wellness professional to serve as Director of Safety and Wellness.     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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.     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 transformation at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the people we defend and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.    Safety and Wellness at The Bronx Defenders    The Bronx Defenders is committed to intentionally transforming our institutional culture to support promote safety and wellness for our staff, the people they represent and their communities. The people we represent and our staff experience harm and direct and vicarious trauma as they balance the work with the crises happening in the world, while trying to maintain their own health and wellness. We believe that providing institutional support for the safety and wellness of defenders is critical to offeringthe holistic advocacy and support the people we represent deserve. 
Job ID
2022-1666
Posted Date 1 month ago(9/2/2022 1:12 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate social worker to join the Criminal Defense Practice.      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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.       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 transformation at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.     The Criminal Defense Practice     The Criminal Defense Practice (CDP) at The Bronx Defenders consists of over 150 attorneys, investigators, social workers, practice associates, and administrators who provide comprehensive criminal defense representation to people in the Bronx facing police and criminal legal system involvement. Through a client-centered approach, our CDP legal teams strive to gain a deeper understanding of the circumstances and priorities of the people we represent. Armed with that understanding, they fight for desired outcomes by strategically raising personalized, persuasive arguments in mitigation, negotiations, and litigation. 
Job ID
2022-1664
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/23/2022 12:00 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced attorney with a commitment to immigrants’ rights to work as a supervisor of our New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) detained removal defense program.     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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we represent.    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 change at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.     Immigration Practice Overview     Twenty years ago, The Bronx Defenders launched the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation. Our Immigration attorneys and advocates work closely with the people we represent throughout the pendency of their cases in both Criminal and Family Court to avoid or mitigate negative immigration consequences. Immigration staff represent clients in deportation proceedings in both detained and non-detained settings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based advocacy and litigation aimed at transforming oppressive federal immigration laws and policies. Since 2013, our immigration attorneys have also worked 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. The Immigration Practice consists of over fifty staff members including attorneys, social workers, legal advocates and administrative professionals.
Job ID
2022-1656
Posted Date 4 months ago(6/17/2022 1:44 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD)—an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx—seeks passionate attorneys committed to housing defense to work as Housing Staff Attorneys.   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 legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.   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 transformation at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the people we defend and communities that we work with, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.   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, 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.     Housing Justice & the Right to Counsel  Recognizing the challenges to accessing affordable, quality and safe housing in New York City, The Bronx Defenders has a team exclusively dedicated to providing tenants at risk of losing their homes with defense attorneys for their Housing Court cases. Our Right to Counsel Housing Team was developed in response to the 2017 New York City Right-to-Counsel initiative, which provides tenants facing eviction in Housing Court, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) administrative proceedings and other civil fora with access to free legal representation. Our team works with civil social workers and benefits specialists to supplement their legal defenses and provide additional services, support and resources, committed to a Housing First perspective (an approach to homelessness that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness quickly, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life.) As a provider of the Right to Counsel in the Bronx, we regularly staff in court intake. The Bronx Defenders is part of the NYC Right to Counsel Coalition.
Job ID
2022-1641
Posted Date 4 months ago(6/17/2022 1:41 PM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate advocate with a commitment to social justice to fill a staff attorney opening in the Civil Action Practice.   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 developed 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.   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 and facilitate the seamless reintegration of our clients into their communities by representing them in every forum in New York City, including administrative, state, and federal. Our Civil Action Practice 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
2022-1640
Posted Date 5 months ago(5/3/2022 4:17 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, Immigration Defense, Civil Action, and Impact Litigation Practices for our 2023 Summer Internship Program.   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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we work with.    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 transformation at the local, state, and national level. 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.   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 2023 Summer Internship will begin on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and end Friday, August 4, 2023.
Job ID
2022-1622
Posted Date 5 months ago(5/2/2022 1:09 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 work 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 developed 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 transformation 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 Civil Action Practice   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 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, providing 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 housing 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
2022-1621
Posted Date 5 months ago(4/29/2022 1:24 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 Defense, Criminal Defense, Civil Action, and Immigration Defense Practices beginning Fall 2023.   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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we represent.    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 transformation 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.   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 both practice and non-practice-specific training to sharpen their advocacy skills, raise their cultural consciousness, and enhance their collaboration with clients and colleagues.
Job ID
2022-1620
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/22/2022 11:55 AM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) –  an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an innovative technical professional with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Information Service Desk Analyst   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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we represent.    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 transformation at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.   Information Technology   Our Information Technology (IT) department is our first line of support in assisting our dedicated staff of attorneys, advocates, social workers, and administrative professionals. Our onsite help desk is designed to be a collaborative space for our staff to seek technical advice and access IT support. Ultimately, the work of our department is meant to help advance the needs of our clients and facilitate the process by which their legal teams support and advocate for them to reach their goals. As the leading office in providing holistic representation, we must stay abreast of innovative technological tools and resources that could be used to  support  our staff and clients as they navigate  the criminal, family, immigration, and civil court systems. The IT department also plays an active  role in onboarding new staff members, conducting staff-wide trainings about how to use our technological services to support clients, and proactively mitigating and defending the organization against cybersecurity risks.
Job ID
2022-1618
Posted Date 5 months ago(4/21/2022 9:06 AM)
The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks energetic, experienced attorneys with a commitment to public defense to join our Criminal Defense Practice.   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, 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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.    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 transformation at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.
Job ID
2022-1616
Posted Date 6 months ago(4/13/2022 12:14 PM)
  The Bronx Defenders (BxD)—an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx—seeks an energetic leader committed to public defense and housing rights to lead as the Director of 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 developed 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 transformation 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.   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 and 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). Reporting to the Managing Director of the Civil Action Practice, 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
2022-1613
Posted Date 6 months ago(4/8/2022 11:21 AM)
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 Scholarsfor Spring 2023.   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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we represent.    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 transformation 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 mentorships and receive invaluable practical training under the supervision of both a practicing lawyer and a faculty member. Students who complete the program will also be permitted to take the New York Bar Examination in February of their final year of study, before they graduate. See here for more information from the New York Courts   Please see descriptions of our practice areas below:   Criminal Defense Practice   Our Criminal Defense attorneys zealously advocate for individuals charged with criminal offenses in the Bronx. They appear in various proceedings, including arraignments, hearings, and trials in criminal court, as well as concurrent proceedings, such as Superintendent’s suspension hearings and Department of Motor Vehicle refusal hearings. Criminal Defense attorneys collaborate with attorneys and advocates in other practice areas to provide our clients with comprehensive representation that avoids or mitigates the many enmeshed consequences that may arise from our clients’ contact with the criminal legal system. With that goal in mind, Criminal Defense attorneys must be prepared to both litigate and engage in skillful negotiations with judges, prosecutors, and other actors involved in the systems our clients must 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 their communities. Our Civil Action Practice 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.   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 with the goal of reunifying families.    Immigration Practice   Over a decade ago, The Bronx Defenders developed 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 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
2022-1610
Posted Date 7 months ago(2/23/2022 2:54 AM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks passionate attorneys with a commitment to public defense to join our Family Defense Practice    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 developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.     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 transformation at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we defend and communities that we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.    Family Defense Practice    The Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice (FDP) provides legal representation and social work support to parents charged with child abuse and neglect, and who are at risk of losing custody of their children. 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 primarily litigate abuse and neglect cases, but will occasionally appear in concurrent matters including custody, visitation, and termination of parental rights cases.
Job ID
2022-1591
Posted Date 9 months ago(1/14/2022 1:53 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
2022-1576
Posted Date 1 year ago(4/26/2021 3:59 AM)
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced trial attorney with at least ten years of criminal defense experience who satisfies the First Department requirements to join our Homicide Practice Group (HPG) as a Supervising Attorney. This Supervising Attorney will be responsible for representing, and supervising others in representing, people charged with homicide offenses.    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, 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 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.   The Criminal Defense Practice (CDP) at The Bronx Defenders is composed of over 150 attorneys, investigators, social workers, practice associates, and administrators who provide comprehensive criminal defense representation to people in the Bronx facing police and criminal legal system involvement. CDP attorneys collaborate with advocates and administrators on interdisciplinary holistic teams to identify and address issues that contribute to our client’s ensnarement in the criminal legal system and the enmeshed consequences that arise out of their contact with the system. Through a client-centered approach, our CDP attorneys strive to gain a deeper understanding of our clients’ circumstances and priorities. Armed with that understanding, they fight for our clients’ desired outcomes by strategically raising personalized, persuasive arguments in mitigation, negotiations, and litigation.    The Homicide Practice Group (HPG) is made up of a team of experienced CDP attorneys, social workers, mitigation specialists, and investigators who specialize in homicide cases. While it is a specific group of senior practitioners, HPG is committed to encouraging a wide range of attorneys with varying levels of litigation experience to become involved in homicide work.
Job ID
2021-1508