Staff Attorney

Riverside, CA

ImmDef seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to provide fearless and zealous advocacy to clients in immigration removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will work under the direct supervision of a Managing Attorney and in collaboration with their fellow attorneys. Our attorneys receive support from paralegals, administrative assistants and case managers. This is a rewarding and exciting position where the successful applicant will be engaged in cutting edge immigration litigation. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Provide creative representation to immigrants before the Immigration Courts, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and CA state court proceedings related to a client's removal case; 

  • Stay up to date on rapidly changing immigration laws and policies; 

  • Comply with data and program reporting requirements. 


  • Juris Doctorate degree required; 

  • Active, California State Bar License, or license from another jurisdiction and (for some positions) commitment to “waiving in” to the CA Bar via the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Program. We will consider those who sat for the July 2017 bar exam and are awaiting their results.

  • Spanish language proficiency required (will be tested at time of interview); 

  • Experience working with detained immigrants or other incarcerated populations is a big plus; 

  • Preference for experience working with marginalized populations and survivors of trauma; 

  • Experience with removal defense, family law, criminal defense, and/or child welfare related matters is a big plus; 

  • Experience working in a high volume, social-justice law firm is a huge plus; 

  • Strong case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required 

  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to zealously pursue new and untested legal theories; 

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required; 

  • Enthusiasm for working at a progressive, start-up organization; 

  • Passion for social justice for immigrants required. 



Competitive public interest between $53,000 - $65,000 DOE + generous benefits package, including health, dental, sick and vacation time, 11 paid holidays/year, and our office is closed between 12/25 and 1/2. 


Application Instructions:  

E-mail cover letter, resume, 3 references, and brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to: Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center at In the subject line please write FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_STAFF ATTORNEY APPLICATION. 


Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 



Immigrant Defenders Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Find us:

634 S Spring St, 10th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Riverside, CA

(solo atendemos clientes con cita; by appointment only)

2121 North Tustin Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

(solo atendemos clientes con cita; by appointment only)

Call us:

(213) 634-0999

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