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Brooklyn Defender Services - Immigration Practice – NYIFUP Staff Attorney

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Brooklyn Defender Services


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Salary

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


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 represents clients who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted needs in a high-volume, fast-paced setting. We seek to fill a staff attorney position on the NYIFUP team of the Immigration Practice at BDS.

BDS’s Immigration Practice is a robust team of forty attorneys, three BIA accredited representatives, three social workers, and thirteen paralegals and administrative staff. Our Immigration Practice’s “Padilla” team advises our criminal defense colleagues and helps devise strategies to minimize the immigration impact of our clients’ criminal and family court proceedings. The Padilla team and our Immigrant Youth and Communities team also screen clients for relief and help clients apply for citizenship, permanent residence, visas for domestic violence or trafficking victims, and other immigration benefits, and represents clients in non-detained removal proceedings. Finally, since 2013, our New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) team has been serving as assigned counsel under 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 New Jersey. BDS is a pioneer in federal court habeas corpus practice and has a robust federal court and appellate docket of immigration cases. Our teams work collaboratively and frequently train and learn together. We are committed to professional development, sustainability, and self-care in this critical time to stand up for the rights of immigrants in our community.

Qualifications:

We seek dynamic lawyers with at least one year of experience in immigration law, criminal law, or other demonstrated relevant experience (including law school clinics). 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, have the strong organizational skills necessary to manage a fast-moving docket, and have the passion and compassion necessary to defend immigrants from deportation in an increasingly hostile environment for noncitizens. NYIFUP attorneys are in court and visiting clients at jails several days a week and will argue cases, write briefs, interview clients, and have a diverse, challenging docket supported by close supervision and peer collaboration.


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.


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 represents…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred, as many NYIFUP clients are monolingual Spanish speakers. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency (i.e., whether you can work by yourself with clients who speak that language).

Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred, as many NYIFUP clients are monolingual Spanish speakers. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency (i.e., whether you can…

How To Apply

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

Applications will be reviewed immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  BDS highly recommends submitting your application no later than August 9, 2019.

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, at least two references, and a writing sample to immigrationjobs@bds.org.  Include “BDS Immigration Attorney” in the subject line. No…

Location

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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