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Posted by: The Legal Aid Society - 3/12/2019
Job Expires: 3/28/2019
Civil Practice Supervising Attorney - Federal Practice

The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking a Supervising Attorney to work in the Law Reform and Immigration Law Unit's Federal Practice. The Supervising Attorney will supervise the representation of low-income clients before the U.S. District Courts and the Courts of Appeals to safeguard immigrants' due process and liberty rights and ensure that immigration laws are accurately interpreted and fairly applied. The Supervising Attorney will also participate in regular Second Circuit working group meetings with other providers and practitioners to discuss current issues pending before the Second Circuit.

The Immigration Law Unit is a recognized leader in the delivery of high quality legal services to immigrants in New York City and surrounding counties. The Unit provides low-income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services which include, but are not limited to, detained and non-detained deportation defense for unaccompanied minors and adults, affirmative applications before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and representation before administrative, district and federal appeals courts. The Unit specializes in the intersection between immigration and criminal laws and works collaboratively with all practice areas to serve the Society's diverse immigrant clients through a comprehensive service model. Unit staff represents immigrants before USICS, the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal courts on habeas corpus petitions and petitions for review and on administrative and judicial appeals. The Law Reform Unit is co-counsel with ILU on cases concerning the children separated from their parents at the border and the denial of special immigrant juvenile status and has been working on issues involving immigration and public benefits including public charge. LRU and ILU are exploring issues around ICE in the Courts as well as video conferencing at Varick Street. The Immigration Law Unit is comprised of three distinct practices for immigrants who are detained, affirmative benefits and immigrant youth and is located in Lower Manhattan.

* Develop and conduct litigation at the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and in federal district courts
* Identify unsettled legal issues of significance to the Society's immigrant clients and locate cases that could be litigated before the relevant courts for the purpose of establishing favorable precedent on their behalf
* Identify systemic problems faced by the Society's immigrant clients that could be addressed through affirmative litigation
* Collaborate with practitioners throughout the country to develop and participate in national litigation and law reform projects related to federal immigration policy
* Track case law developments related to immigration law and policy in the federal courts
* Work with pro bono counsel on assigned pro bono cases
* Assist in coordinating and supervising federal immigration matters
* Assist in the direct supervision and mentoring of staff attorneys, paralegals and volunteers working with detained and non-detained immigrants in removal proceedings
* Assist in monitoring and maintaining a high standard of representation and client service
* Maintain a reasonable caseload
* Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy and supervise implementation of legal strategies
* Foster and encourage teamwork and communication
* Develop skills and knowledge of staff members
* Assist with the development and implementation of programs
* Assist with the funding for and reporting on programs
* Respond to client, community and staff concerns

* Provide individualized consultation to staff attorneys
* Develop competence within the Immigration Law Unit to litigate immigration-related cases in federal district and circuit courts
* Develop pro se and pro bono lawyer resource materials and trainings on a range of federal court issues
* Engage in policy advocacy
* Other duties as assigned

Posting End Date-11:59 pm EST
Mar 28, 2019
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters

* Minimum of five years federal litigation or comparable experience, preferably in immigration law before the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals
* Admission to New York State Bar and a Federal District Court. Must be eligible for and immediately seek admission to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
* Strong interest in, and understanding of, issues impacting immigrant youth
* Excellent research, writing, analytical, organizational and communication skills
* Interest in developing new approaches to representing immigrant clients in federal proceedings
* Ability to work with pro bono lawyers
* The candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with staff attorneys and manage a complex caseload
* Proficiency in languages other than English, particularly Spanish, is desirable, but not required

Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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