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Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice Seeks Experienced Staff Attorneys

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Brooklyn Defender Services | Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn Defender Services


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DESCRIPTION: BDS provides multi-disciplinary and client-centered criminal, family, and immigration defense, as well as civil legal services, social work support and advocacy for tens of thousands of clients in Brooklyn every year. Brooklyn Defender Services is hiring experienced Staff Attorneys to join our Family Defense Practice.


Description of Family Defense Practice: BDS's Family Defense Practice (FDP) represents low-income parents in child welfare cases in Brooklyn Family Court. Our mission is to fight the removal of children from their families and advocate for families to be reunified as quickly as possible. Using an interdisciplinary approach, teams of attorneys, social workers, paralegals and administrative staff advocate for our clients, who are primarily Black, Latinx and immigrants, both in and out of Family Court.  FDP defends parents' due process rights in family court by fighting unwarranted state intervention in their lives. Out of court we advocate for clients and help families obtain the benefits and services they need to keep their families safe and stable. Central to our mission is advocating for systemic change in the family court and child welfare system.


Qualifications: Candidates are expected to be admitted to the NYS Bar and have demonstrated commitment to child welfare practice or related area and to a client centered practice. Candidates should have strong litigation and written and oral communication skills.


Responsibilities: FDP has a high volume, client-centered litigation-focused practice. Attorneys spend most of their days in court and frequently conduct hearings and trials, often on an emergency basis. Staff attorneys are expected to provide high-quality and vigorous representation at all court appearances and throughout the course of a case. Our office takes a collaborative team approach to representation, and attorneys work closely with social workers, paralegals and our administrative team to provide inter-disciplinary representation that includes assistance on related legal matters, such as housing, immigration, public benefits and criminal cases. FDP has a robust motion practice and attorneys write and argue motions frequently.

DESCRIPTION: BDS provides multi-disciplinary and client-centered criminal, family, and immigration defense, as well as civil legal services, social work support and advocacy for tens of thousands of clients in Brooklyn every year…

Details at a glance

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

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs.bfdp@bfdp.bds.org including Experienced Staff Attorney on the Subject Line.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs.bfdp@bfdp.bds.org including Experienced Staff Attorney on the Subject Line.

Location

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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