Immigration Practice – Padilla Team Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary will be within the parameters of BDS’s compensation scale and commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline



177 Livingston Street
United States


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We defend more than 35,000 indigent clients per year in New York City in criminal, family, and immigration proceedings. BDS’s clients have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted needs that must be addressed in a high-volume, fast-paced setting.

We seek to fill staff attorney positions on our Padilla team of the Immigration Practice at BDS.

BDS’s Immigration Practice currently has a staff of around twenty-five attorneys, three BIA accredited representatives, three social workers, five paralegals, three administrative assistants, and three legal fellows. Our Immigration Unit’s "Padilla" team advises criminal defense colleagues and clients, helping to devise strategies to minimize the immigration impact of our clients’ criminal and family court cases. Additionally, the Padilla and Youth and Communities teams screen clients for relief and represent them in applications for citizenship, permanent residence, visas for domestic violence or trafficking victims, and other immigration benefits, as well as in non-detained removal proceedings, order of supervision appointments, and post-order motions. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) team has been serving as assigned counsel under the first-in-the-nation program providing legal representation for indigent New Yorkers in detained removal proceedings at the Varick Street Immigration Court and in New Jersey.


We seek dynamic lawyers with at least one year of experience working at the intersection of immigration and criminal law or at least one year of experience representing immigrants in removal proceedings. 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.

Preference will be given to candidates admitted in New York State, although attorneys admitted in other states willing to pursue NY admission, and recent law graduates who sat for the July 2018 New York Bar Examination with robust immigration experience, will also be considered.


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.

Level of Language Proficiency


Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred, and fluency in other languages (such as Haitian Creole, Russian, French, Mandarin and/or Cantonese) is also preferred. In your application materials, please state all language skills and your level of proficiency in each language (i.e., whether you can work by yourself with clients who speak that language).

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

How to Apply:

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, at least two references, and a writing sample to Include "BDS Padilla Immigration Attorney" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only applicants invited for interviews will be contacted.

Deadline (if applicable):

Applications will be reviewed immediately and until the position is filled. BDS highly recommends submitting your application no later than October 5, 2018