Staff Attorney
Job Details
LA Office - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
$60,724.00 - $86,532.00 Salary/year
Negligible
Day
Professional Services

SALARY IS NEGOTIABLE

ELIGIBLE FOR SIGNING BONUS ! !
 

We are looking for an experienced Staff Attorney to join our Immigration team in Los Angeles.

WHO WE ARE

We are the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services, and education and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.  We serve more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year, focusing on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice. With our Advancing Justice affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., we enrich, enhance, and serve our communities across the country.

The Immigration Project at Advancing Justice – Los Angeles assists immigrants nationally and locally who are seeking help with immigration relief such as adjustment of status, representation in immigration court, and other forms of family-based immigration. The Immigration Project hosts free in-house and off-site workshops and information sessions within Los Angeles County and Orange County to assist undocumented immigrants for little to no cost. Immigration consultations are also available in-person or over the phone by appointment only.

WHO YOU ARE

You share our mission of advocacy for Asian Pacific Americans. You enjoy the thrill of serving the public interest while championing civil rights and social justice. You take pride in your work enriching lives and communities in Los Angeles and across the country. You are looking for your next role in an organization that supports your career as much as you support the organization and its goals. You are looking for a job where you make a difference, and your impact is directly proportional to your contribution. You are a game changer. You are a leader. You are an advocate.

WHAT YOU BRING

  • JD and active bar membership in any US state (California preferred)
  • Minimum two years of immigration experience, including immigration court experience, with experience working with victims of crimes and removal proceedings
  • Bilingual in at least one Asian language strongly preferred (Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Thai, Tagalog or Vietnamese)
  • Demonstrated sincere commitment to social justice and serving on behalf of low-income, immigrant communities, AANPHI or non-profit environments preferred  
  • Valid driver's license and/or access to alternative means of transportation

WHAT WE BRING

  • The special opportunity to join a mission driven team
  • Rich medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Retirement options through 403B and match
  • Flexible and Hybrid work schedules
  • Referral and Signing bonuses

ABOUT THE ROLE

Reporting to the Immigration Project Director, the Staff Attorney works directly on complex immigration cases, including on immigration cases dealing with victims of crimes (U, VAWA, T visas), and removal defense cases, provides technical support and capacity building to other nonprofit organizations on immigration, and staffs evening and weekend workshops. Primary duties assigned to the staff attorney include, but are not limited to, providing direct application assistance in complex immigration cases, providing legal representation for diverse clients with complex immigration cases before USCIS and Immigration Court, including appeals and habeas petitions, and conducting immigration trainings for other CBOs and partner agencies. The pay range is $60,724 to $86,532 per year. The position is covered under the Collective Bargaining Unit.

Your day-to-day typically includes:

80% Provide direct application assistance with immigration cases

  • Undertake administrative and logistical duties related to direct application assistance
  • Conduct legal review of immigration cases
  • Provide legal representation for diverse clients with complex immigration cases before USCIS and Immigration Court
  • Maintain an active caseload to meet project deliverables 
  • Regular travel to detention centers

10% Provide Technical Assistance and Support

  • Organize and implement various immigration trainings
  • Work with intake staff to provide immigration consultations, review/approve appointments, answer immigration related questions, and documents
  • Provide technical assistance and/or coordination support of workshops and clinics 

10% All other duties as assigned

  • Provide consultations, advice, and/or referrals in conjunction with attorney
  • Assist legal team in determining appropriate legal remedy or advice for clients
  • Provide information to clients about legal services and referrals
  • Provide general case support, including but not limited to interviewing, document preparation, filing, discovery, case and calendar maintenance

To apply for this role, or please visit our website - https://advancingjustice-la.org/careers/

 

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