Overview

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks third year law students to sponsor for law-school-based fellowships.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, 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.Qualifications/ProposalsBDS is interested in sponsoring candidates with proposals for law-school-based funding to join our employment team and support BDSs mission to provide the highest quality legal representation to low-income Brooklyn residents. The fellow may employ a variety of strategies toextend our work in innovative ways, including direct representation, systemic litigation, administrative advocacy, policy reform, and public education.Application RequirementsTo apply, please submit a cover letter including project ideas and a statement of interest, resume, writing sample, and at least two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications should be emailed toGabe 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 .Tracking

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