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Supervising Litigation Attorney

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is hiring a full-time Supervising Litigation Attorney to lead our strategic litigation practice, and also have the flexibility to participate in IDP’s other programmatic work (policy advocacy, legal resource development, communications) as needed. The Attorney will also perform general supervisory functions within our office. The Attorney’s litigation work will focus on monitoring and participating in litigation before the federal and state courts and BIA to ameliorate the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and criminal legal system contact, and to counter ICE enforcement practices. Core responsibilities include:

  1. supervising a broad docket of immigration appeals before the Supreme Court, federal Courts of Appeals and BIA through case monitoring, technical assistance, strategic coordination, amicus briefing, and direct representation;
  2. recruiting and maintaining a wide network of pro bono partners;
  3. supervising staff attorneys, legal fellows, and law students;
  4. representing IDP in coalitions, meetings, and working groups;
  5. contributing to IDP’s fundraising efforts through grant and fellowship proposals;
  6. contributing toward IDP’s legal resources and trainings.

The Attorney will work primarily with a staff of three litigation attorneys/legal fellows, and IDP’s Senior Counsel and Executive Director. Read more about the position here.


Senior Immigration Attorney – Criminal Court Specialist

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is hiring a full-time Senior Immigration Attorney to play a lead role in increasing outreach and developing resources for public defenders, with a particular focus on 18b assigned counsel in New York City. The Attorney will work with new staff in the Assigned Counsel Plan in the First and Second Department to ensure immigrants receive the full scope of advice about the immigration consequences of pleas in criminal court. The Attorney will also create and execute trainings and develop resources to engage public defenders in strategies to mitigate negative immigration consequences. As part of this work and in collaboration with other staff, the Attorney will also provide support on the IDP hotline system and provide expert consults, advice and referrals to immigrants and their loved ones, advocates, and attorneys. Read more about the position here.


Immigration Attorney – Family Court and Community Specialist

This position could be filled by a staff attorney or senior staff attorney, depending on experience.

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is hiring a full-time Senior Immigration Attorney to provide expert consults, advice and referrals to immigrants and their loved ones, advocates, and attorneys and to family defense attorneys practicing in Article 4 (child support), 8 (family offense), and 10 (abuse and neglect) proceedings in Family Court. The Attorney will identify and develop materials to educate and empower community members impacted by the criminal-immigration system with support from other staff and develop materials for family court attorneys as needed. Read more about the position here.



Legal Internships

IDP offers summer and term-time law school internships and accepts applications on a rolling basis. More information about IDP’s internship program is available here


Volunteer and Pro Bono Opportunities

IDP regularly works with volunteers in the following areas: hotline intake and advisals; graphic design; film, webinar, and podcast production; web design; legal representation, including deportation defense, petitions for review in federal courts, habeas corpus litigation in federal courts, state post-conviction relief; legal research. If you are interested in volunteering with IDP or serving as pro bono counsel, please contact us at [email protected]


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