Attorney, Immigration

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $75,000
Details: Current funding supports the position for 6 months, with the potential for the position to be extended based on current fundraising efforts.



Start Date


Application Deadline



405 - 14th St., 15th Floor
United States


National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a nonprofit law firm that for over four decades has worked to ensure marginalized children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives. We weave together a variety of strategies – including research, policy advocacy, and litigation – to ensure the systems intended to support marginalized children do so effectively. As a national organization we advocate and bring litigation in state and federal court.

NCYL’s mission includes advancing social, economic, and racial justice for children, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent our employees invest in their work that represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization's success. 


NCYL seeks an Attorney join our Immigration team, focused on advocating for immigrant children, including unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody, and children involved in state child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. The Attorney will focus on litigating on behalf of immigrant children and supporting policy initiatives focused on improving outcomes for system-involved immigrant children. In addition to being a member of NCYL’s Immigration team, the Attorney will be part of a dynamic and growing team of litigators. The Attorney will report to the Director of Immigration.

Essential Functions

  • Supporting litigation efforts
  • Case development, including on-site interviews and investigations and analysis of potential legal claims
  • Legal research and analysis
  • Collaborating with other NCYL staff and co-counsel
  • Litigation, and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements, including drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs; and engaging in discovery.
  • Drafting resources for judges, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals on a range of issues impacting immigrant children
  • Training juvenile court judges and other related professionals whose decisions regularly impact immigrant children
  • Tracking legislative and policy changes impacting immigrant children
  • Collaborating with immigrant children’s advocates throughout the country on litigation and policy efforts
  • Supporting fundraising efforts

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. degree; admitted to practice law in California or willing to seek admission
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing vulnerable immigrant children
  • Creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big-picture
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Skills and capacities associated with approximately two years’ experience at a public interest law firm or government agency OR approximately three years’ experience at a law firm with significant pro bono experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Significant substantive knowledge of immigration law
  • Direct experience with, or have been impacted by, the justice system;
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish 


NCYL provides health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish, oral and written

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by August 24, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.

Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

NCYL is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.