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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 the Training Coordinator position in our 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-related 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 reforming 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), three social workers, and three legal advocates.
Role & Responsibilities
The Training Coordinator must be a licensed attorney, and will report directly to the Legal Director of the Immigration Practice. They will carry a reduced caseload representing non-citizens with open criminal justice involvement in removal proceedings and before US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They will focus primarily on the following:
- Developing a robust training program for new staff/interns, in coordination with the Managing and Legal Directors
- Leading on-boarding processes for all new hires
- Creating and managing Continuing Legal Education programming with internal and external trainers for Immigration Practice staff, in coordination with the Managing and Legal Directors
- Overseeing development and organization of internal and external training materials, practice advisories, and litigation toolkits
- Identifying external trainings that would be valuable for our staff to attend
- Assisting in the development of the Immigration Practice’s presence on BxD’s intranet platform
- Providing technical support to, and assisting staff with, the use of research tools, such as Westlaw, AILA Link, and the PIKA database
- In conjunction with the Legal Director, organizing and updating an accessible and extensive resource bank of relevant immigration court motions, briefs, and litigation tools
- Collaborating with other practice areas leaders to improve the flow and management of knowledge and information across practices
Supervision, Mentoring, and Leadership Responsibilities
- Supporting and mentoring Immigration Practice staff attorneys on research issues, when necessary
- Providing additional supervision, when requested
- Serving as a member of the Immigration Practice’s leadership team
- 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
- A passion for teaching immigration legal issues to advocates with less experience
- Demonstrably strong research and writing skills
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- A capacity to self-motivate and work independently
- Excellent organizational skills
- A passion for BxD's mission and values, and a dedication to building a robust legal practice
- Commitment to and experience in serving low-income communities of color, like those in the South Bronx
- *Spanish fluency or high-level proficiency strongly preferred
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 Friday, August 10th, 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.