As part of an initiative called the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking Staff Attorneys to join its city-wide Immigration Law Unit Detention Project. The Staff Attorneys must have a deep commitment to public interest and immigration law. The Staff Attorneys will represent detained clients in removal and bond proceedings before the Varick Street Immigration Court, the Elizabeth Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and, when appropriate, in Family Court proceedings, and related proceedings before the USCIS. The Staff Attorney will also represent The Legal Aid Society's NYIFUP clients who are released on bond and continue to meet income eligibility requirements.
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.
* Represent detained noncitizens in removal proceedings in immigration courts, before the Board of Immigration Appeals and in Family Court proceedings
* Represent non-detained clients released on bond
* Provide individualized consultations to detained noncitizens at detention centers in upstate New York and in New Jersey. Travel may be required in the early morning, evenings, and weekends
* Work with pro bono counsel on assigned pro bono cases
* Engage in affirmative litigation
* Other duties as assigned
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
* Admission to New York State Bar, pending admission to the New York State Bar, or admission to any other state bar with immediate ability to waive into the New York State Bar preferred
* 3Ls who have taken an immigration clinic, or have other immigration-related work experience and coursework, will be considered
* One year of removal defense experience including law school clinics and internships, or at least two years representing indigent clients post law school graduation
* Demonstrated commitment to representing low-income, disadvantaged clients
* Immigration law and trial experience preferred
* Excellent writing, analytical, and organizational skills
* Interest in developing new approaches to representing detained noncitizens
* Ability to work with pro bono lawyers
* Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively in a team
* Ability to manage a high volume of cases
* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required
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.
HOW TO APPLY
You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. 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. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
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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