IMMIGRATION STAFF ATTORNEYS
We are seeking to fill several full-time positions based in
the Batavia, NY office of the Immigration Program of the Erie County Bar
Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) to handle our work under the New
York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) contract at the Buffalo Federal
Detention Facility in Batavia, and some WNY county jails which hold immigrant
The ideal candidates will be admitted to practice law, have
at least one year experience in litigation, preferably in immigration removal
proceedings, and want a career in litigation defending low-income immigrants
detained at the Batavia Federal Detention Facility who are subject to removal
for a variety of reasons including criminal convictions, unlawful entry and
visa overstays. The ability to speak both Spanish and English fluently is very highly preferred. In
the alternative, fluency in French and Mandarin are also very desirable. If the potential candidate possesses two or
more years of immigration litigation experience but does not speak a language
other than English, s/he is also encouraged to apply.
Also required are strong organizational skills to track and
report required data about the work in a timely and accurate manner; an ability
to work cooperatively with fellow staff and supervisors; the means and willingness to travel between
the Buffalo office and the Batavia office, and to county jails in the eight
counties of Western New York, as needed (a driver's license is required);
strong oral and written advocacy skills; a willingness to work independently
while also taking direction and operating as part of a team; the organizational
ability required to juggle many cases efficiently; and the flexibility to
handle other tasks which the attorney may be called upon to handle at VLP, such
as community outreach and education.
Please send a resume, a cover letter clearly explaining your
interest and qualifications for this position, and contact information for 3
references to: Robert M. Elardo, Executive Director/CEO, ECBA Volunteer Lawyers
Project, Inc. 237 Main St, Suite 1000 Buffalo, NY 14203 or firstname.lastname@example.org There is
an immediate need. Please apply ASAP.
For information on VLP, see www.ecbavlp.com
VLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is based on
experience. VLP is a non-profit agency with excellent fringe benefits including
fully paid health insurance, a cafeteria plan for dependent care and parking
costs, long term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous leave time.
The work atmosphere is congenial, respectful and flexible.