Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing direct legal and social services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through its offices in Takoma, DC and Falls Church, VA, Ayuda has amassed a 40-year history of providing critical services on a wide range of issues, and in the process has acquired nationally recognized expertise in immigration law, domestic violence and human trafficking, among other fields.

We are seeking a full-time, bilingual Immigration Managing Attorney, who can lead our Virginia office’s immigration department and represent Ayuda before the public on immigration issues.  The position is based in our Falls Church, Virginia office.

WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB:

Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

  • In seeing communities where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs
  • That families should be healthy, united, and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.

HOW YOU WILL DO THE JOB:

  • Oversee management of all aspects of Ayuda’s Virginia Immigration department;
  • Provide training, mentorship, and supervision to legal staff and administrative support staff;
  • Prepare and submit grant reports and ensure the department’s compliance with grant requirements and outcomes;
  • Lead or draft grant proposals and reports;
  • Work with staff accountant to ensure proper program and grant financial management, including management of client fee-based legal services;
  • Represent Ayuda at meetings and collaborations with other agencies;
  • Conduct trainings and community outreach on immigration issues;
  • Collaborate with Ayuda’s Social Services staff to ensure the provision of holistic services;
  • Collaborate with and support the organization’s leadership and participate in Ayuda’s leadership team;
  • Provide direct legal representation for a small caseload consisting of a variety of immigration matters including representation of: clients in administrative and judicial proceedings; asylum-seekers; victims of trafficking seeking a T-visa; victims of crimes seeking a U-visa; victims of domestic violence seeking relief under VAWA; minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and those seeking other forms of immigration relief and representation in immigration matters;
  • Collaborate with Ayuda’s Program Initiatives Department for fundraising initiatives, media requests and publicity opportunities. Provide client stories and client speakers for Ayuda’s fundraising events;
  • Other duties as assigned.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THE JOB?

  • J.D. or LL.M from accredited law school;
  • At least 4 years of immigration legal practice experience;
  • Experience supervising legal staff or interns;
  • Current bar membership in good standing to practice law in any of the United States;
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant populations and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other survivors of trauma;
  • Good communication skills, flexibility and good humor highly desirable;
  • Fluent in Spanish

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Commensurate with experience plus a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance. All federal holidays and closures observed and paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. This position is considered to be exempt for overtime purposes.

TO APPLY:

Send an email with the subject line “Managing Attorney” and the following documents to Executive Director, Paula Fitzgerald at VALegal@ayuda.com:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (10 pages double-spaced maximum)
  • 3 References

            The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks applicants to sponsor for an Equal Justice Works and/or Skadden Fellowship. The Fellow will work in Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit on a project to keep low-income families intact by engaging in a range of advocacy and direct representation to protect and preserve parental custodial rights over their children in third party custody cases. Parents living in poverty too often lose custody of their children not because they have engaged in abuse or neglect or are otherwise unfit to care for their children, but because they lack access to legal counsel and the means to avail themselves of legal protections in defending against custody claims by third parties. This project seeks to increase family stability in low-income communities and give children an opportunity to grow up in a loving environment with their natural or adopted parents.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Over the last 80 plus years, tens of thousands of the District’s neediest residents have been served by Legal Aid staff and volunteers. We currently work in the following four priority areas: housing law, family/domestic violence law, public benefits law, and consumer law. Legal Aid also has a nationally recognized appellate advocacy project. To learn more about Legal Aid, visit our website at www.LegalAidDC.org and our blog at www.MakingJusticeReal.org. Legal Aid has successfully sponsored both Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellows in the past, and our staff includes numerous current and former fellows. Legal Aid will assist the applicant we select in formulating a project to present to the fellowship programs.

Although District law provides strong protections for natural and adoptive parents to retain and preserve their custodial rights over their children, many parents are unaware and therefore fail to avail themselves of these protections when they are most needed. In the midst of a crisis—loss of housing, death of a family member, unemployment—some parents, but particularly low-income parents, consent to custody arrangements with third parties like neighbors, grandparents, and friends that they intend to be temporary without invoking the legal protections to which they are entitled and which would ensure that the consent may be revoked. Parents are usually unaware that non-court options for temporary custody are available. As such, many otherwise fit parents end up permanently losing custody of children to third parties.

 Legal Aid is seeking a fellowship candidate to help low-income parent clients protect their custodial rights with the goal of keeping children with parents when possible. The fellow would represent individual parents in custody cases, provide advice to parents on the alternatives to legal custody arrangements (such as DC’s custodial power of attorney process), conduct community outreach to raise awareness about custody issues, and develop and disseminate self-help and legal information materials on third party custody. The fellow will focus on providing these services to one of two particularly vulnerable low-income populations, domestic violence survivors and/or those with limited or no English proficiency.
 Ideal candidates will be law students entering their third year or recent graduates who expect to complete a judicial clerkship in the summer of 2017. The successful candidate must have a commitment to public interest and a desire to work in a collaborative work environment. All persons regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability are encouraged to apply. Candidates should identify in their cover letter which targeted population they believe they are well-suited to serve. Fluency in Spanish or another language commonly used by Legal Aid’s client community is a requirement for individuals who are interested in working with the limited or non-English proficient populations but would also be preferred for individuals who are interested in working with domestic violence survivors.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Fellowship applications must be submitted in the fall of 2016. The fellowship, if awarded, will begin in the fall of 2017 and is anticipated to last two years

To apply, please send cover letter and resume by email to:

fellowsearch@legalaiddc.org

Attn: Fellowship Candidate Search Committee

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

 Additional information, such as writing samples, transcripts, and references, will be sought from those selected to interview with Legal Aid.

CLC seeks to sponsor one candidate for Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other privately funded public service fellowships to begin in Fall 2017.

Once selected, the candidate will work closely with CLC staff to fully develop their project proposals and If awarded a fellowship, they will have the opportunity to provide direct representation to CLC’s clients within our GAL program while working on their fellowship project.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, list of three references, and a 1-2 page preliminary project proposal related to CLC’s work to jobs@childrenslawcenter.org. No telephone calls please.

Applications must be submitted by July 22, 2016 COB to:

Fellowship Search Committee
Children’s Law Center
616 H Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001
202.467.4949 (fax)
jobs@childrenslawcenter.org

See the full announcment here.

The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) offers a unique opportunity for U.S. citizens studying part-time or full-time in undergraduate, graduate or PhD programs to engage in citizen diplomacy and make a real difference in the work of the U.S. Government. Through VSFS, students work remotely supporting U.S. Government agencies throughout the United States and around the world. Project descriptions are at vsfs.state.gov.
Applications will be accepted from now until July 22, 2016, through USAJOBS for over 900 positions with the U.S. Department of State, USAID, NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, and over 30 other agencies, which are engaged in carrying out U.S. foreign policy. U.S. citizens who are part-time or full-time students may apply for up to three projects of interest. Applications will be reviewed and selections will be made in August. Projects start in September 2016 and end in May 2017.

PDS will be hosting an open house on Monday, July 18th at 5:00 to discuss Fall OCI (hiring for next summer and trial attorneys for the class of 2017) as well as fall and spring internships, externships and post graduate bridge grants. Information and registration at the link below:

http://www.pdsdc.org/professional-resources/calendar-of-events/event/2016/07/16/default-calendar/pds-open-house-fall-recruitment-preview

 

See the position announcment here.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Supervising Attorney for its housing law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

Tasks and Duties

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic housing practice. We give priority to cases that involve the prevention of an avoidable eviction, efforts to address dangerous or unhealthful housing conditions, and the preservation of affordable housing and public and assisted housing. In addition to an active litigation docket, we engage in significant efforts to address issues of public policy. Our unit is staffed by three supervising attorneys, nine senior staff attorneys and staff attorneys, three “loaned associates” from law firms, and a legal assistant.

Housing attorneys work out of Legal Aid’s central office and its community office in Southeast DC. They also staff two of Legal Aid’s signature projects: our Court-Based Legal Services Project, which sites a legal services office in Landlord-Tenant Court to provide same-day representation, and our Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, which seeks to reduce eviction of low-income tenants living in subsidized housing by significantly expanding their access to legal services. The Supervising Attorney would co-supervise the housing unit staff (including senior staff attorneys, staff attorneys, and “loaned associates” from law firms, and volunteer interns, as appropriate). In addition, she or he will handle an individual caseload, provide management assistance, work on policy advocacy, conduct intakes, and help shape the direction of Legal Aid’s housing law unit.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Significant experience in a legal services, preferably in housing law;
  • Prior supervisory experience;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Bilingual skills strongly preferred but not required.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

Salary and Benefits

The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. Legal Aid encourages applications from all interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Interested persons are encouraged to email a letter of interest and resume to: housingsupervisorsearch@legalaiddc.org.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

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