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The Immigration Practice in Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks rising third year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law school graduates to sponsor for post-graduate public interest law school-based fellowships. 

 

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is a public defender office that represents approximately 30,000 people per year who cannot afford an attorney in a variety of legal proceedings in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan. We represent and provide services to people who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting. Our staff of 450 are attorneys, social workers, paralegals, investigators and administrative staff as well as the leadership of the organization.


BDS’ Immigration Practice works at the intersection of immigration and criminal law. The Immigration Practice has three primary focus areas: ICAP, NYIFUP, and Padilla. 


·      The Immigrant Community Action Project (ICAP) team provides a full range of immigration legal services to BDS clients and Brooklyn residents Attorneys represent noncitizens in non-detained removal proceedings and for affirmative immigration benefits such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), adjustment of status, and victim and trafficking visas. We identify clients in-house through our criminal and family defense practice and also participate in external clinics in partnership with numerous community-based organizations.

·      BDS serves as assigned counsel under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (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 non-detained removal proceedings if our efforts result in the clients’ release. NYIFUP attorneys provide ongoing representation to clients facing immigration detention and deportation on a wide array of defenses, applications, and other creative advocacy efforts.

·      Padilla attorneys work in close collaboration with BDS criminal defenders to avoid or minimize the negative immigration consequences of their noncitizen clients’ criminal cases, and to ensure clients are fully advised of those consequences pursuant to our obligations under the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky.


Qualifications/Proposals

 

BDS’ Immigration Practice is interested in sponsoring dynamic candidates to zealously represent and advocate on behalf of our noncitizen clients. Candidates must have a clear commitment to immigrant rights, criminal justice, and/or social justice issues. Applicants must be strong legal writers, clear communicators, team players, and have the strong organizational skills necessary to manage a fast-moving docket and high volume of cases. They must work effectively and respectfully with indigent clients, including clients experiencing mental illness, trauma and poverty. Fellows will have a diverse, challenging docket supported by close supervision and peer collaboration. Fellows will be fully integrated into one of the three practice areas depending on preference and needs.


Fluency in Spanish or another second language is strongly preferred.

 

Application Requirements 

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter including a statement of interest, resume, writing sample, and at least two references. Please indicate whether you have a preference for one of the three Immigration Practice areas and detail any requirements and timelines for your school-based fellowship. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with preference to those applying before May 1, 2021. Applications should be emailed to Sophie Dalsimer at sdalsimer@bds.org.  

 

Brooklyn Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse work environment and supports a nondiscrimination policy in all employment practices. We are focused on equity and inclusion and thus strongly encourage candidates of all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, experiences, and other characteristics that make us different to apply.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Director of Human Resources at cwallace@bds.org.

 

The Immigration Practice in Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks rising third year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law school graduates to sponsor for post-graduate public interest law school-based fellowships. 

 

Brooklyn…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Location

On-site
177 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter including a statement of interest, resume, writing sample, and at least two references. Please indicate whether you have a preference for one of the three Immigration Practice areas and detail any requirements and timelines for your school-based fellowship. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with preference to those applying before May 1, 2021. Applications should be emailed to Sophie Dalsimer at sdalsimer@bds.org.  

To apply, please submit a cover letter including a statement of interest, resume, writing sample, and at least two references. Please indicate whether you have a preference for one of…

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