Staff Attorney (Temporary)

Riverside, CA

DESCRIPTION
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 www.immdef.org.

 

In response to the current crisis of family separation, detention and need for legal representation, ImmDef is now hiring additional legal and administrative staff. ImmDef seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to provide fearless and zealous advocacy to clients in immigration removal proceedings. This is a temporary position to cover an upcoming leave of absence. This position is expected to last 3-6 months. 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:

  1. 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;

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

  3. Comply with data and program reporting requirements.


Requirements

  • 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; candidates who sat for the most recent bar exam will be considered;

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

  • 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.

  • DACA Recipients encouraged to apply!

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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;

 

BENEFITS

​Pay

  • $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

 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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

HOW TO APPLY
Application Instructions: Email cover letter, resume, 3 references, and brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to: Immigrant Defenders Law Center at RiversideJobs@immdef.org.

 

In the subject line please write FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_TEMP 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.

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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