Staff Attorney, Civil Action Practice

Job Type

Full Time




360 East 161st Street
United States



The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic advocate with a commitment to social justice to fill a staff attorney opening in its Civil Action Practice.

Since opening our doors in 1997, The Bronx Defenders has served over 300,000 clients in Bronx County. The Bronx Defenders pioneered a model of legal representation called holistic defense, designed to fight both the causes and consequences of court-involvement. Our staff of over 280 lawyers and advocates work on interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal defense, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom work to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy to our clients. The Bronx Defenders also houses a community organizing and an impact litigation team, serving as a community resource and force for systemic change. We engage with clients, community residents, and policymakers as we seek ways to better serve the Bronx community and enhance access to justice for all.


Our Civil Action Practice provides comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation with our criminal and family defense practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from criminal and family court proceedings and facilitate the seamless reintegration of our clients into the community. The current Civil Action Practice attorneys and legal advocates represent clients in every forum in New York City – administrative, state, and federal – to address these problems. Our civil staff attorneys and advocates provide comprehensive representation to assist our clients in overcoming civil legal barriers to housing, eviction, employment, and public benefits, as well as addressing instances of police misconduct, criminal record errors, and civil forfeiture. 


The Civil Action Practice seeks a staff attorney to provide comprehensive advocacy and representation to help our clients resolve a broad range of civil legal problems, which include: eviction and barriers to housing, loss of employment licenses, criminal record errors, loss of public and disability benefits, forfeiture of property and government misconduct. The attorney will work collaboratively with criminal defense and family defense attorneys, advocates and social workers to assess client legal needs. The attorney will represent individuals in negotiations, administrative and judicial proceedings and trials, with a particular concentration in housing, employment, public benefits and forfeiture proceedings. The attorney also will be involved in community trainings and public education.


Applicants must:

  • Be law graduates who sat for the New York July Bar Exam or are admitted to practice in New York with a minimum of 1-3 years of litigation experience
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and be prepared to be a fierce, committed advocate to our client base
  • Be creative, flexible, independent, and highly motivated leaders
  • Have excellent organizational skills, writing ability, and communication skills
  • Experience in housing law or with reentry issues is highly desirable
  • Ability to speak Spanish is highly desirable


Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY TO THIS JOB ONLINE and upload your resume and cover letter in one document when prompted. Applications without cover letters will NOT be considered.

Please contact Runa Rajagopal, Managing Director, Civil Action Practice, via email at 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, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.