Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting.
Brief Description of Job
We seek both newer and more experienced immigration attorneys with relevant experience to join our Immigration Practice. Our Immigration Practice currently has a staff of eighteen attorneys, three BIA accredited representatives, two paralegals, and four administrative assistants. Our Immigration Practice's "Padilla" team advises our criminal defense colleagues and helps devise strategies to minimize the immigration impact of our clients' criminal proceedings. The Padilla team and our Immigrant Youth and Communities team also help clients apply for citizenship, permanent residence, visas for domestic violence or trafficking victims, and other immigration benefits, and represents clients in non-detained removal proceedings. Finally, since November 2013 our New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) team has been serving as assigned counsel under NYIFUP, a first-in-the-nation program that provides legal representation for indigent New Yorkers in detained removal proceedings at the Varick Street Immigration Court and in New Jersey.
We seek to fill attorney positions in both our Padilla and our NYIFUP teams. We seek dynamic lawyers with at least one year of experience representing immigrants in removal proceedings or at least one year of experience working at the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, criminal justice, and/or social justice issues. The job requires a proactive ability to solve problems under time pressure, enthusiasm, and the strongest commitment to clients. Applicants must possess a demonstrated ability to perform nuanced legal research and writing at the highest standard, to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and through writing, to be a team player, and to have the strong organizational skills required to manage a high volume of cases. Clinical or professional background in immigration and/or criminal law is preferred.
Languages (if applicable):
Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency (i.e., whether you can work by yourself with clients who speak that language).
Applications will be accepted immediately and until positions are filled. However, submission by April 14, 2017 is highly encouraged.
BDS is an equal opportunity employer which supports a policy of non-discrimination in all employment practices including, but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, lay-offs, and terminations.
177 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY, US 11201
Employment type:Full Time
Professional level:None specified
Salary:Salary will be commensurate with experience and within the parameters of BDS’s compensation scale.
Language proficiency:Languages (if applicable): Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency (i.e., whether you can work by yourself with clients who speak that language).