The Bronx Defenders (BxD)—an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx—seeks a passionate attorney committed to public defense to work as a Supervising Attorney in our Right to Counsel Housing Team.

The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 400 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have developed a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for the people we defend.

Each year, we defend more than 20,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, family, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic change at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the people we represent and communities we work with and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.

Civil Action Practice

Our Civil Action Practice (CAP) provides comprehensive civil legal services to the people we represent and their families by integrating civil representation with our criminal, immigration, and family defense practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from criminal, family and immigration court proceedings and facilitate the seamless reintegration of the people we represent into their communities.  

 Our Civil Action Practice attorneys and legal advocates represent people in every forum in New York City – administrative, state, and federal – providing comprehensive representation to assist the people we representin 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.    

Housing Justice and the Right to Counsel

Recognizing the challenges to accessing affordable, quality and safe housing in New York City, The Bronx Defenders has a team exclusively dedicated to providing tenants at risk of losing their homes with defense attorneys for their Housing Court cases. Our Housing Team was developed in response to the 2017 New York City Right-to-Counsel Law, which provides tenants facing eviction in Housing Court and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) administrative proceedings with access to free legal representation. We are one of seven institutional providers effectuating the Right to Counsel in Housing and have dedicated attorneys and advocates on a housing team serving and representing tenants in the community and in Housing Court.


Recognizing the expanding and evolving landscape of our Housing Right to Counsel work, The Bronx Defenders seeks a passionate Supervising Attorney with a commitment to housing justice to supervise our Right to Counsel in Housing Team (RTC Housing Team) in the Civil Action Practice (CAP). Reporting to the Housing Team Director, the Supervising Attorney will represent a reduced caseload of clients and directly supervise RTC housing team attorneys, advocates and other staff. 

Direct Supervision

● Onboard, support, train, and supervise attorneys and advocates doing right to counsel work to provide high quality, creative, client-centered representation and advocacy

● Meet with each supervisee on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to support, address, and manage caseload, referrals, and client issues

● Review and evaluate supervisees’ data entry and case management to ensure high-quality services, evaluate the impact of housing advocacy, and meet funding/reporting requirements 

● Review, monitor, and evaluate attorney workloads to ensure equitable distribution

● Support, evaluate, and provide feedback on client-related advocacy, including written, oral and trial advocacy in administrative fora, courts, and the community

● Manage and support coverage for supervisees

● Monitor the ethical responsibilities in litigation and advocacy in conjunction with the Housing Director, Managing Director and CAP Supervisory Team

● Collaborate with CAP Training Directors to onboard, train, and aid in the ongoing professional development of supervisees

● Promote and facilitate intra-practice and interdisciplinary collaboration among attorneys, advocates and administrative staff

● Work to provide equitable, culturally conscious supervision, and support marginalized supervisees in navigating experiences of oppression in their work 


Supporting and Advancing the Growth and Evolving Landscape of our Housing Work

● Manage and organize intake, and devise equitable systems and protocols to organize how we are retained by new clients and how we manage our client work related to RTC housing work

● Organize and supervise community clinics and the community housing hotline

● Participate in meetings with external partners, funders and the Office of Court Administration 

● Participate in campaigns, coalitions and other working groups

● Conduct staff, community & partner trainings 

● Support development of pipelines, including supervision of interns

● Collaborate with Policy, Organizing, Community Engagement, Community Intake, Impact Litigation and other practices and departments at BxD to advance housing services, communications, organizing and other strategic reform 


● Meet regularly with the Housing Director, Managing Director and CAP Management Team

● Inform and help to implement practice priorities and improvements

● Aid in determining the direction and growth of civil legal services at BxD

● Work to develop and implement CAP related information management, training, and other public education within the office and the community 


To be eligible, applicants must have:

● Membership in good standing to the New York State Bar or eligibility for admission to the New York State Bar

● Minimum of 3 years of civil litigation experience, with a minimum of 2 years in housing litigation

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate: 

● Experience working in and with racially, ethnically and socioeconomically marginalized communities 

● Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate, collaborate and connect with people with various backgrounds, identities and experiences 

● Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and non-lawyers 

● Meticulous attention to detail

● Strong legal analytical skills and capacity to employ non-legal resources and solutions

● Strong verbal and written advocacy skills

● Commitment to fierce advocacy, and willingness to strategically challenge authority in defense of clients

● Ability to multitask, maintain order and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment 

● Ability to think critically and creatively in fast-paced settings

● Supervisory and mentoring skills, including

o Interest in and commitment to developing and mentoring supervisees

o Ability to provide intentional, equitable and constructive feedback

o Flexibility in balancing needs of supervisees against their own caseload

● Ability to receive constructive feedback, demonstrate introspection and shift behavior accordingly

● Ability to exercise excellent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality with sensitive matters

● Commitment to raising one’s cultural consciousness and challenging oppressive practices on an interpersonal and institutional level

Preferred, but not required

● Spanish fluency is strongly preferred

● Experience supervising and training interns or staff is a plus

This is a primarily in-person position.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  For candidates with 3-10 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $83,200to $101,240, reflecting the attorney salary scale plus $10,000. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended. 

Approximately 70% of The Bronx Defenders’ staff, including attorneys and non-attorneys, are represented by UAW Local 2325 – Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (AFL-CIO). This position is not within the bargaining unit. 

This position is exempt. By law, nonexempt employees are compensated hourly based on their annual rate and therefore are entitled to over-time, whereas exempt employees are not.