Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization's annual operating budget is over $27 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 280, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.
The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.
Values that guide us
- We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.
- We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
- We address our clients' multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
- We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers' most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
- We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
- We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
- We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
- We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
- We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.
Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU):
NYLAG's Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU) provides New York's low-income immigrant communities with comprehensive legal services. IPU handles a range of immigration cases including adjustment of status, non-immigrant visas, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), family petitions, consular processing, naturalization, VAWA self-petitions, petitions for U or T-nonimmigrant status, removal defense and other forms of immigration relief.
The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for supervising staff attorneys, accredited representatives, and paralegals representing clients in removal, with a particular focus on immigrants newly released from detention, minors, and parents in proceedings with their children. The Supervising Attorney will also provide direct representation to clients in removal proceedings.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervise case work of staff attorneys, accredited representatives, and paralegals.
- Train and advance professional development of staff.
- Carry a partial case load of complex cases in removal and before USCIS.
- Manage grants to ensure data reporting requirements are met.
- Conduct presentations, workshops, legal clinics and individual consultations.
- Work with a variety of third party stakeholders, including staff at government agencies and community based organizations.
- Participate in overall management of the Immigrant Protection Unit.
- Admitted to practice law (with a preference for admission to the New York State Bar).
- Fluent in Spanish.
- At least 5 years of immigration law experience.
- Supervisory experience preferred.
- Expertise in removal defense cases.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
- Excellent written, oral, and analytical skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
NYLAG's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.