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Posted by: The Legal Aid Society - 5/29/2019
Job Expires: 6/13/2019
Civil Practice Staff Attorney-ILU (Youth)

The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice seeks Staff Attorneys to join the citywide Immigration Law Unit's Immigrant Youth Representation Project. The Staff Attorney will provide legal services to undocumented youth and unaccompanied immigrant children on the Juvenile dockets at the New York Immigration Court, before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and before Family Courts in New York City and surrounding counties. The attorney will work on cases such as special immigrant juvenile status, asylum, U/T visas and other forms of relief. The Staff Attorney will also work collaboratively with existing experienced staff in the Unit's Immigrant Youth Representation Project, Juvenile Rights Project staff, the New York Administration for Children's Services (ACS), and foster care agency personnel to provide immigration advice and guidance. The Staff Attorney may work with and mentor law students, pro bono attorneys, and volunteers in cases related to the Youth Project.

The Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society is a recognized leader in the delivery of high quality legal services to immigrants in all five boroughs of New York City and surrounding counties within the New York District of the USCIS. The Unit provides low-income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services ranging from deportation defense to adjustment of status to legal permanent residence and citizenship applications. The Unit specializes in the intersection between immigration and criminal law and works collaboratively with all practice areas to serve the Society's diverse immigrant clients through a comprehensive service model. Unit staff represent immigrants before USCIS, immigration judges in removal proceedings, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as in federal court on habeas corpus petitions, petitions for review, administrative and judicial appeals, and other matters.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
* Screen and provide direct representation to immigrant youth in removal proceedings in Immigration Court and Family Court. Attorney will also handle some affirmative cases 
* Appear in Family court in all five boroughs of the City of New York and in surrounding counties, including but not limited to Suffolk and Nassau counties, to obtain predicate orders for special immigrant juvenile status
* Build on existing relationships with the Society's Juvenile Rights Practice staff attorneys and others to meet the needs of undocumented youth in foster care
* Conduct forums and workshops in immigrant communities and public schools on immigration issues
* Provide regular trainings to advocates throughout the City and in Family and Immigration Courts
* Conduct policy advocacy on behalf of clients

Posting End Date-11:59 pm EST
Jun 13, 2019
Location
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
Requirements

* Admission to the New York State Bar
* Minimum of two years' experience as a practicing lawyer
* Experience working with children preferred 
* Experience working in immigration law preferred 
* Excellent writing, analytical, oral advocacy and organizational skills
* Interest in developing new approaches to representing immigrant children with immigration issues
* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team and handle a full caseload
* Ability to work with pro bono attorneys, advocates and child welfare workers
* Proficiency in languages other than English, particularly Spanish, is highly desirable

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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.

For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org .


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