Staff Attorney I (Removal Defense Attorney)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $46,000.00
Maximum: $64,000.00
Details: DOE



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



435 South Boyle Avenue
Los Angeles
United States


Under the supervision of the Immigration Legal Services Division Director, the Staff Attorney will provide immigration legal representation and removal defense in a high-volume varied immigration legal practice, which includes family based petitions, motions, waivers, TPS, Asylum, NACARA, VAWA, U Visas, T Visas, Naturalization, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other related services.

Responsibilities include representing immigrants for all available remedies in immigration court, and coordinating with other staff attorneys. The Staff Attorney may also supervise Volunteer Attorneys, Paralegals, Case Managers and Clerical staff. 

  • Provide legal representation to qualified clients of the unit, especially single-mothers and other disadvantaged groups.
  • Represent immigrants in immigration court with asylum, cancellation, adjustment of status or any other applicable remedy.
  • May represent minors in probate court, dependency court or family court to obtain predicate orders supporting SIJS.
  • Under supervision of the Directing Attorney may supervise receptionist or other clerical staff.
  • Provide in-office consultation for clients including asylum, U-visa, T-visa, VAWA, SIJS, detention and removal relief and any other applicable relief.
  • Prepare and file supporting documentation for court cases.
  • Research and write motions and briefs related to court cases, including legal research and writing for asylum cases.
  • Maintain client databases, case notes, and files for caseload as determined with the Division Director.
  • Conduct community outreach to clients regarding available remedies under the Immigration Law.

  • Keep accurate records and maintains confidentiality.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Division Director.


Profit Sharing


PTO (Paid Time Off)




Life Insurance

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Juris Doctor degree required and membership in California state bar.
  • Prior knowledge of immigration law, or relevant experience in immigration or family law. We will consider exceptional candidates waiting for bar results. 
  • Strong case management, legal research and legal writing skills. 
  • Experience in non-profit environment preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience in public interest law. 
  • Passion for social justice for immigrants required. 
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA) is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are required to complete an IILA employment application found on our web site at 


Send resume and application to:


Veronica Leon

International Institute of Los Angeles

3845 Selig Place

Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 224-3800