Staff Attorney

Santa Ana, CA

Due to recent funding from the state of California, we are excited to add a second person to our Santa Ana office!


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.


Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide creative representation to immigrants before the 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate required;

  • Active California State Bar License required or licensure from another state and willingness to "waive into" the CA Bar via the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Program; those who took the February 2018 bar exam will be considered;

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

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

  • 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;

  • DACA Recipients strongly encouraged to apply;

  • Passion for social justice for immigrants required.



Competitive public interest between $55,000 - $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.


As a 501(c)(3) corporation, attorneys are eligible for public service loan forgiveness programs for federal student loans.  


Application Instructions: 

Email cover letter, resume, 3 references, and brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to: Immigrant Defenders Law Center at In the subject line please write FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_STAFF ATTORNEY APPLICATION. Please indicate where you came across our job posting. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.



Immigrant Defenders Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Los Angeles, CA 90014

Riverside, CA

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2121 North Tustin Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

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(213) 634-0999

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