Staff Attorney (Post-Conviction Relief)

Los Angeles, CA



In order to increase access to justice for people facing immigration court, ImmDef is currently hiring additional legal and administrative staff.

The Immigrant Defenders Law Center (“ImmDef”) is a next-generation, social justice law firm that provides high-quality representation and legal services to immigrants in Southern California. ImmDef was founded with the belief that no immigrant should be forced to go into court alone and our universal representation programs for children and adults are a first step towards that goal. Learn more about us at

In 2016, ImmDef launched a unique project focusing on obtaining post-conviction relief for indigent immigrants in order to eliminate the adverse immigration consequences of criminal convictions and sentences. Post-conviction relief work entails case analysis, advocacy, and litigation before the California state criminal courts on overlapping issues involving constitutional, criminal, and immigration laws.

ImmDef seeks a full-time Staff Attorney, based in our Los Angeles office, to primarily work on preparing and litigating post-conviction relief for individuals facing deportation proceedings, as well as providing research and evaluation of criminal issues in removal defense cases. The staff attorney may also represent individuals in their removal proceedings in immigration court. The Staff Attorney will work under the direct supervision of our Supervising Attorney experienced in post-conviction relief and in collaboration with managing and staff attorneys. Our attorneys receive support from paralegals, administrative assistants and case managers.


Essential Functions

1. Prepare and litigate post -conviction relief petitions and motions in California criminal courts;

2. Provide research and analysis of criminal immigration issues relevant to ImmDef’s removal defense cases.

3. Stay up to date on rapidly changing criminal and immigration laws and policies as they relate to criminal immigration issues.

4. Comply with data and program reporting requirements.

5. Participate in advocacy and policy work related to criminal immigration issues.



  • Strong grasp on legal concepts, especially as they pertain to immigration or criminal law;

  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills;

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with staff and clients;

  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem solving;

  • Highly resourceful team player, with the ability to also excel independently;

  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of constituent service and response


Required Education and Experience

  • J.D., and 1-3 years applicable experience;

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure;

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

  • Passion for social justice for immigrants required;

  • DACA recipients encouraged to apply!


Salary & Benefits


  • $58,000 - $72,000 annually DOE

Holidays and Paid Time Off

  • 12 paid holidays 

  • 1-Week paid winter break between Christmas and New Years

  • 15 vacation days per year

  • 12 Sick Days per year

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • ImmDef offers a number of health plans that are 100% paid plans for staff starting on the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.

  • Additionally, we pay 75% of the premiums for select plans for immediate family members, including registered domestic partners.


FSA and Dependent Care FSA

  • ImmDef offers FSA plans to help offset the costs of eligible health care expenses for you, your spouse, and your eligible dependents using pre-tax dollars

  • We also offer Dependent Care FSA to pay for eligible dependent care services, such as preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or adult daycare.


401(k) Retirement Savings Plan

  • ImmDef staff are eligible to enroll in our 401(k) plans immediately upon hire, contributing pre-tax dollars towards their retirement goals

  • After six months on staff, ImmDef will match 100% of contributions up to 3%

  • Funds are vested immediately!


Public Service Loan Forgiveness

  • As a 501(c)3, qualified ImmDef staff are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Bar Dues

  • ImmDef covers California bar dues up to $450 annually

Parking and Travel Stipend

  • ImmDef Staff commuting into our DTLA office are eligible for reimbursement of parking or public transit costs up to $90 per month.

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.


ImmDef believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for our immigrant communities!


Immigrant Defenders Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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