Social Worker

Brooklyn Defender Services is an interdisciplinary law office that represents almost 40,000 indigent clients arrested each year with specialized legal services for young clients and those with immigration issues.

The Criminal Defense Practice represents clients who are facing both misdemeanor and felony cases in Brooklyn Supreme and Criminal Courts. BDS advocates for clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a very fast-paced setting. BDS seeks an energetic social worker to become an integral part of the criminal defense team to advocate for clients, both in and out of court.

Social workers team up with attorneys to provide comprehensive legal representation and to determine case strategy to criminally involved clients. Social workers provide both written and oral advocacy for clients. In addition they conduct client assessments, provide crisis intervention, develop service plans, refer clients for services, communicate with service providers about clients’ needs, and conduct visits to incarcerated individuals.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Masters Degree in Social Work and be licensed or willing, and eligible, to become licensed. Strong writing skills are a must for this position. Applicants must also be willing to work as part of a team in a very fast-paced environment and need to possess excellent writing, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have experience working in forensic settings. Bi-lingual social workers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Brooklyn Defender Services is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation.

How to apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Alicia White at Please include social work position in the subject line.

Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Defender Services
Alicia White

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, US