Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks an attorney with three or more years experience to join its Education and Employment Practice as an employment attorney to provide legal representation for individuals with concurrent criminal legal, family court, and immigration matters.Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) represents approximately 30,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily public defense representation in criminal, family, and immigration defense. We also provide legal representation for our clients on a variety of issues, including housing, benefits, education, employment and wide-reaching immigration legal services. We are one of the largest public defense providers in New York and the United States; representing people who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting.The Education and Employment Practice provides a range of legal services to clients facing employment-related collateral consequences due to an arrest or prior conviction. Employment attorneys work across practice areas to determine employment-safe plea arrangements and engage in direct employer advocacy. Attorneys also represent workers in hearings to lift license suspensions and revocations, affirmative discrimination complaints, and applications for post-conviction relief (i.e. sealing a prior conviction) to limit the lasting harm that comes from current and past involvement in court systems.We also address some workers rights issues, including filing complaints about wage theft and demanding back wages, asserting rights to paid and workplace accommodations, and assisting with unemployment insurance claims and other employment benefits. Because stable employment and financial security are so closely tied to positive outcomes in other court proceedings, our employment attorneys work contributes significantly to our other core work of avoiding harsh sentences, keeping families together, and avoiding negative immigration consequences.*Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, BDSs Education and Employment Practice was based in our downtown Brooklyn location and involved frequent in-person court appearances and client meetings.At this time, the practice is operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.ResponsibilitiesEngage in the direct representation of individuals on employment matters, such as wage and hour violations, workplace discrimination, and other common problems facing low-wage workers;Advise individuals who have been arrested to help them understand the collateral employment consequences of a pending case and possible resolutions;Provide representation to workers who have been arrested to help preserve jobs in state-regulated industries, and provide representation in license suspension and revocation hearings;Provide direct employer advocacy to help prevent document discrimination against immigrant workers and to help keep workers who have been arrested employed with open court cases.Provide representation to individuals seeking to claim unemployment insurance, pandemic unemployment assistance, or other employment benefits;File motions to seal eligible offenses under New Yorks sealing statute;Handle full case load from intake interview through negotiation/litigation, including motion practice and trial, to resolution;Conduct legal research, write legal memoranda;Assist in identifying and developing impact litigation;Collaborate with attorneys and social workers in BDS criminal, family and immigration practices to address the varied employment BDS clients.QualificationsThree years of litigation experience representing clients in employment matters.Admission to the New York bar or ability to become admitted.Interested in strategizing around issues for clients who face multiple interrelated issuesExcellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work independently and in a team setting.Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and manage multiple deadlines and emergencies.Fluency in a second language; Bilingual ability in Spanish is preferred.Passion for Brooklyn Defender Services mission with a demonstrated commitment to social justice for people who are arrested, facing family separation or are immigrants.Application RequirementsTo apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Applications should be emailed to Gabe Freiman at Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committedto creating and maintaininga diverse work environment and supports a nondiscrimination policy in all employment practices.We are focused on equity and inclusion and thusstrongly encourage candidatesof all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, experiences, and other characteristics that make us different to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or another reason, you may contact the Director of Human Resources, Christina Wallace, at .
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