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Immigration Staff Attorney 

About the Organization Her Justice is a nonprofit organization that stands with women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help to address individual and systemic legal barriers. Her Justice is looking to add a self-motivated individual to our team who will further our organization's goal of connecting women living in poverty with volunteer lawyers in the areas of family, matrimonial, and immigration law and supporting the implementation of the organization's policy strategic plan and the policy mission to reform the civil justice system such that it produces the most favorable outcomes for women like our clients, through processes that are as equitable, empowering, and as efficient as possible. Visit our website for more information: www.herjustice.org.

Please Note: Our physical office is currently open. Staff are given an option to work from home, from the office, or a combination of both, depending on their needs and job requirements. All Her Justice staff are provided with a business laptop computer. This position is based in our New York City office and the hire must be based in New York City.  
Description

Job Description:

We seek a staff attorney with 3 – 5 years of immigration law experience to join our 20-person legal department. Fluency in Spanish is required as is experience handling Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, and U Non-Immigrant Status cases for survivors of domestic violence. Experience representing indigent clients is strongly preferred. Familiarity with family and matrimonial law, public benefits, criminal law, and/or housing matters is a plus. The staff attorney will train and mentor pro bono attorneys representing clients in immigration matters and maintain a small in-house caseload of immigration cases with unique and challenging issues, helping us stay at the forefront of immigration practice. The candidate will ideally be able to work both individually and in a close-knit team, have strong organizational skills and/or experience coordinating programs, and be comfortable interacting with both our clients as well as lawyers at major law firms.

Job Responsibilities:

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform client intake, provide advice and counsel to clients, and assess cases for pro bono placement through consultations with clients
  • Mentor and support volunteer attorneys who are handling immigration cases for Her Justice referred clients
  • Maintain a small caseload of immigration matters to help survivors of domestic violence and their derivative family members obtain lawful immigration status
  • Work with the immigration team to develop and strengthen existing Her Justice immigration practice
  • Work with the immigration team to develop new forms of connecting pro bono attorneys to immigration matters, such as creating immigration clinics and identifying additional immigration remedies relevant to Her Justice target populations
  • Recruit and train volunteer attorneys from large law firms to provide pro bono representation to Her Justice referred clients by conducting CLE training, and presenting on issues of immigration law
  • Manage and coordinate legal clinics with partnering law firms
  • Assist in recruiting, training, and supervising in-house volunteers and law students
  • Assist with preparing grant proposals and reports
  • Serve as a resource to non-immigration staff on immigration-related matters
  • Participate in community outreach, media relations, and other forms of marketing and public education
  • Present at board meetings and serve on committees and panels relating to immigration policy issues and/or reform efforts
  • Participate in the development and implementation of Her Justice policy initiatives related to immigration law

Qualifications

We seek a self-motivated and self-directed team player who possesses outstanding organizational, interpersonal, communication, writing, and computer skills. We value experience representing indigent clients, survivors of domestic violence, and clients from diverse backgrounds and communities. We value a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with clients who have experienced trauma. We also value experience in policy/advocacy work and a demonstrated commitment to systems reform on issues affecting women living in poverty.

  • JD degree and bar admission in any state is required
  • Fluency in Spanish, written and oral, is required. Candidates who are not fluent in Spanish will not be considered
  • At least 3-5 years of experience handling immigration cases for survivors of domestic violence is required
  • Computer proficiency, including knowledge of the Microsoft Suite, is required
  • Familiarity with family law, matrimonial law, public benefits, criminal law, and/or housing issues is a plus

Salary: The salary for this position is in the range of high 70k to low 80k, dependent on experience. Her Justice also offers excellent benefits such as medical insurance, a 401K plan, and a liberal vacation policy.

 
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Tags legal, nonprofit  
Company Website http://herjustice.org  
Position Immigration Staff Attorney  

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