The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, is hiring a fellow for its Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program to begin in May or June of 2018. The position is open to recent law graduates, with a preference for attorneys with at least two years of practice experience. The position is for one year, with a potential one-year extension.

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December 15, 2017

Resent from the National Catholic Reporter:

Without a lawyer, immigrants lost in a system stacked against them 

If you can help, one place to start is with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network -https://cliniclegal.org/

 

                The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted from December 4, 2017 and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,960 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.50/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 17, 2018, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

                Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

                LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2018, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Advanced Sentencing Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

                Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 10, 2018.  Early applications are encouraged.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an experienced staff attorney to work on immigration matters and other general civil legal issues for D.C.’s immigrant communities. 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

and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The bulk of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. From our work with clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and impact litigation.

Tasks and Duties 

The immigrants’ rights staff attorney will handle a caseload of immigration law matters (U visas, T visas, VAWA petitions, and possibly DACA, SIJS, and TPS matters) and provide advice and representation to members of D.C.’s immigrant communities across a wide range of legal services practice areas, helping to promote family stability through litigation or negotiation of agreements regarding custody and support of children for immigrant parents, as well as handling housing, consumer, and public benefits matters as appropriate. In addition, the staff attorney will engage in community organizing and education, conduct interviews of prospective clients, and work on systemic advocacy efforts related to the protection of immigrants’ rights. He/she will represent and conduct outreach and training to immigrants regardless of their immigration status. Legal Aid’s immigrants’ rights attorney will primarily work out of Legal Aid’s central office and may also work and conduct initial applicant interviews out of a community office.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in immigration law and/or serving the legal needs of immigrant communities required;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
  • Experience in other legal services, including family law, housing, consumer, or public benefits strongly preferred; and
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish 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 encourages applications from 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. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a resume and letter of interest here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=5. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

 

The Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at Georgetown Law announces that it is now accepting applications for its annual fellowship program in clinical legal education. CALS will offer one lawyer a two year teaching fellowship (July 2018 June 2020), providing a unique opportunity to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting.

Read the full announcement here.

CAIR staff attorney opening

November 7, 2017

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition’s Detained Adult Program seeks a licensed attorney and committed advocate to undertake a newly-funded universal representation pilot project  to increase rates of direct representation to  immigrant adults detained  by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the state of Maryland. The adults we serve originate from a wide variety of countries and speak many different languages, and include many longtime residents with extensive family networks in the United States.

Responsibilities under this new position will primarily involve providing direct representation services under a universal representation model to detained immigrants with roots in Prince George’s County, Maryland, including before the Baltimore Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Department of Homeland Security.  This attorney will work in cooperation with CAIR Coalition’s broader legal team and will participate in efforts in to build sustainable models of legal services for detained immigrant adults in Maryland and the DMV area. Because this will be the first universal representation pilot project in the DMV area, the attorney will also be responsible for communicating outcomes and learnings of the project, with an interest to duplicating such efforts in the future.

Description of responsibilities:

  • Direct representation: Provide direct representation in the Baltimore Immigration Court under a universal representation model pilot program to a caseload of approximately 40 detained immigrants over of a twelve-month funding period. Cases will span the full-breadth of relief from removal and related issues, including requests for bond, asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention Against Torture, cancellation of removal, waivers.  Cases may also include motions to reopen, limited representation before DHS, including stays of removal, and appeals to the board of immigration appeals.
  • Pro Bono Services:  Mentor pro bono attorneys in a limited number of pro bono referrals. Assist in the development and maintenance of resources for pro bono teams.
  • Promotion of Sustainable Models of Legal Services: Participate in convening to discuss, imagine and promote best practices for legal service providers in Maryland.  Present on findings and outcomes of universal representation pilot project.  Seek to develop sustainable model of legal services for detained immigrants in Maryland and the DMV area by building on the findings on this project.

Requirements:

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and member in good standing with a state bar association.
  • 2-3 years of experience practicing immigration law. A background in deportation defense strongly preferred.
  • Written and oral Spanish proficiency required; fluency preferred.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to pass a required background check.
  • Must be willing to regularly travel to Baltimore and to detention centers throughout the state of Maryland.

Salary and Benefits:

Commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays.

Application process:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to hr@caircoalition.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, early submissions are encouraged. No phone calls please.

Hogar Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is seeking a supervising attorney for immigrant services.  See the full announcement here.