The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal 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 and diverse staff. Our staff of over 400 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, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. 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 more than 20,000 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 levels. 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 Legal Department litigates complex immigration matters in the federal courts and provides legal resources, guidance, and practice advisories for BxD’s Immigration Practice. The federal litigation includes: petitions for review to circuit Courts of Appeals; federal petitions for writs of habeas corpus in district court; and other creative federal litigation strategies based on client needs, including FOIA, mandamus, Federal Tort Claims Act claims. The legal guidance work includes: ensuring that the practice is informed of legal updates that impact the practice using monthly updates, advisories, sample motions; consulting on complex legal issues in affirmative or defensive immigration cases and or plea consults; ensuring legal issues are being consistently litigated across the practice and preserved for appeal; tracking cases moving through the immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that may result in a petition for review to the circuit; serving as a resource for the practice regarding the law and litigation strategy; working collaboratively with other organizations on current and developing issues and strategies in immigration and federal court practice; working collaboratively with the other practices within BxD to ensure that our state court litigation is aligned with the needs of our non-citizen clients; and coordinating amicus submissions.
The Immigration Practice Counsel will report to the Legal Director and will hold the following responsibilities:
To be eligible, applicants must have:
Applicants must demonstrate:
Salary is commensurate with experience. For candidates with 3-6 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $83,986 to $91,500. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.
To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
The application deadline is January, 10th 2021, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are 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 an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating an anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities and experiences. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting hiring and promotion processes that are equitable and accessible to those commonly excluded from the workforce. We do not discriminate against and in fact specifically encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, neurodivergent and those directly impacted by criminal, civil, family and immigration legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience and particularly welcome applications from the Bronx community that we serve.
To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when…