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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 Supervising Attorney in its Immigration 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 staff.
Our diverse staff of over 300 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.
Each year, we defend 27,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.
The Immigration Practice
BxD pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation over fifteen years ago. 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 BxD represent clients in deportation proceedings in both detained and non-detained settings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based systemic reform-oriented litigation and advocacy aimed at 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.
The Immigration Practice consists of 29 attorneys (including the Managing and Legal Directors, and four supervisors), four social workers and four legal advocates.
Role & Responsibilities
The Supervising Attorney will report directly to the Managing Director of the Immigration Practice and work on the following:
- Carrying a reduced caseload involving the representation of non-citizens facing deportation in removal proceedings, and of non-citizens with criminal justice involvement
- Emulating best practices for staff attorneys through vigorous, high-quality representation that is holistic and client-centered
- Weekly case conferencing with supervised attorneys in the NYIFUP practice
- Reviewing and providing substantive feedback on written work
- Providing in-court supervision for all appearances by unadmitted law graduates, as needed, and for admitted attorneys upon request
- Assisting with preparation for individual hearings and supervising litigation, as necessary and appropriate
- Maintaining caseloads and overseeing entries into our case management system to ensure that data and outcomes are accurately recorded
- Observing and, where appropriate, providing guidance to staff attorneys regarding docket management
- Monitoring staff attorneys’ organization, time and calendar management, client interactions, and relationships with the judiciary and adversaries
- Monitoring overall workloads, paid time off usages, and cross-practice collaborations between Immigration and other BxD staff
- Formally conducting annual performance evaluations of attorneys and advocates
- Providing continual year-round feedback to attorneys to promote the ongoing development of their practice and skills, particularly after trials and the submission of written work
Leadership Team Collaboration
- Participating in weekly Practice Supervisor meetings and in monthly leadership team meetings
- Contributing to systemic policy reform initiatives
Supervisory Skill Development
- Attending formal trainings for supervisors
- Working with the Managing and Legal Directors to develop supervisory skills
Applicants must have:
- A J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school
- At least three (3) years of immigration law experience, preferably criminal-immigration/“crim-imm” practice, or relevant/equivalent experience
- Demonstrably strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- A passion for teaching immigration legal issues to advocates with less experience
- A capacity to self-motivate and work independently
- The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and solve problems under pressure
- A passion for the mission and values of BxD, and a dedication to building a robust legal practice
- Experience working in and with low-income communities of color, like those in the South Bronx
- *Spanish language fluency or high-level proficiency strongly preferred
- A valid driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest, click APPLY TO THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both your resume and cover letter in a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.
The application deadline is July 27, 2018, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Please contact Sarah Deri Oshiro, Managing Director, Immigration Practice, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the position.
The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply.