The Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is accepting applications for a new clinical teaching fellowship in immigration law.  The fellowship is ideal for a recent law school graduate with at least two years of immigration law experience post law school.  The application deadline is November 15, 2017.  See the full announcement here.

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The University of Connecticut School of Law invites applicants for an opening as a Clinical Instructor of Law serving as the William R. Davis Clinical Fellow, beginning in the summer of 2018.  See the full announcement here.

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 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 in 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.

 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for a two-year clinical fellowship in Immigration Law, beginning January 8, 2018, in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’sChildren and Family Justice Center.  The fellowship will provide an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience in both clinical law teaching and immigration law.

Founded in 1992, the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) is a comprehensive children’s law office and part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  CFJC attorneys and law students work together to promote justice for children, adolescents, and their families through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, and law reform.  The CFJC’s Immigration Law Project represents youth and indigent parents in deportation proceedings before the Chicago immigration court.  Immigration Law Project clients include unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant youth involved in multiple legal systems, and parents at risk of separation from their U.S. citizen or immigrant children.

The Immigration Law Fellow will represent youth and parents in immigration court proceedings as well as assist in the supervision and teaching of clinical students.   The fellow will also design and participate in community outreach activities and use a broad range of strategies, including public advocacy and policy-related research, to advance the interests of immigrant youth and parents.

The fellowship is open to applicants with two to four years of immigration-related experience.  Admission to a state bar is required and admission to the Illinois bar is preferred.  Additional experience in family law or criminal law and fluency in Spanish are also preferred.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017.  Applicants should submit a one-page statement of interest describing the applicant’s reasons for applying for the fellowship, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and the names of three professional references.  Applications and inquiries should be directed to Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe at u-nzelibe@law.northwestern.edu.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its Center for International Human Rights, the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, the MacArthur Justice Center, the Environmental Advocacy Center, the Children and Family Justice Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions, and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation, externships, negotiations and trial advocacy.

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab seeks to fill a staff attorney position with someone with federal court and/or appellate litigation experience. CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab responds proactively to disproportionate legal injustices detained immigrant men, women, and children face by expanding cutting-edge impact litigation to engender systemic change through legal precedent that benefits broad groups of immigrants. We provide an innovative space to engage in this litigation with major pro bono law firm partners to leverage limited resources for the maximum impact.

Description of responsibilities:

Identifying, developing, and participating in federal, appellate, and state-level impact litigation, including novel theories of litigation.

Submitting friend of the court briefs.

Providing technical legal assistance to other advocates on a variety of legal issues affecting immigrants in detention, including the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

Mentor and co-counsel with teams of pro bono attorneys on cases through the life of the case.

Educating pro bono attorneys and other advocates through trainings and panels, development and maintenance of practice advisories and other legal resources, and relevant outreach.

Implementing the programmatic priorities of CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab and mentoring staff.

Requirements:

J.D. degree from an accredited law school and member in good standing with a state bar association.

Demonstrated ability to identify innovative litigation approaches.

Experience in federal court and/or appellate litigation.

Experience or knowledge of immigration and/or criminal issues preferred but not required.

Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Strong organization and time management skills.

Driver’s license and ability to travel occasionally for work.

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, as the position is open immediately. No phone calls please.

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is very pleased to announce two new fellowship positions, in our Environmental Law and Immigrant Rights Clinics. These fellowships are designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in the field with mentorship and  to help the attorney to advance a career in public interest law or to launch a career in clinical teaching.

More information about these fellowships and online applications can be accessed through the following links:

Environmental Law Clinic Fellow:  https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04153

Immigrant Rights Clinic Fellow: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04253

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington seeks a full-time attorney for its Hogar Immigrant Services program. Hogar Immigrant Services offers a wide range of services at little or no cost to a vulnerable immigrant population, without regard to religious or ethnic identity. Our goal is for immigrants to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully as productive members of American society.

The Staff Attorney will prepare a wide range of immigration cases for submission to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of State, Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She/he will represent clients before the USCIS Washington District Office, Arlington Asylum Office, ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals, (BIA), including removal proceedings.

See the full announcement here.