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Post-Graduate Legal Fellowship Sponsorship (2 Openings) Tucson, Phoenix or Florence, AZ

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The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to thousands of adults, youth, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day. The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal and social services that ensure that detained immigrants are empowered and have access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.

Detention in Arizona is growing, family separation continues, and recent changes to case law and policies have made bond and asylum incredibly challenging. The Florence Project is on the frontlines of immigration, fighting back against constant attacks on immigrants’ rights. The Florence Project is looking for passionate, committed, and innovative 3L or LLM students and/or recent law graduates to join the Florence Project as a fellow to be part of the change, fighting for immigrants’ rights in these challenging times. 

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Florence Project is seeking to collaborate with up to two rising 3L or LLM students and/or recent law graduates to apply for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or Justice Catalyst fellowships to begin in Fall 2022. To allow for a robust internal selection process and time to prepare the fellowship application, all interested candidates should submit their fellowship proposal documents no later than June 25th. This year the Florence Project will consider fellowship proposals to fill critical community needs into the following areas:

  • Border Advocacy: providing information and education to migrants in country of origin; offering accompaniment and continuity of services before, during and after migrants present at the Mexico-US border; developing a pilot program to allow for access to counsel at the port of entry to protect and advance the rights of migrants to seek asylum and other humanitarian relief.
  • Children’s Rights: identifying and connecting with immigrant children and families in the child welfare system to provide education and consultation and advance opportunities for immigration relief; providing Padilla counsel and immigration advice and representation to immigrant children involved in the juvenile justice system.
  • Crimmigration: providing representation to individuals in removal proceedings while in criminal custody, especially to individuals with severe mental illness; updating resources on collateral immigration consequences of Arizona criminal convictions and fighting criminal grounds of removability.
  • Detained Migrant Women (Cis & Transgender): representing survivors of gender-based violence both in the United States and abroad, and/or women with mental health concerns using trauma-informed practices; implementing creative strategies for release and to end the detention of survivors; holistic representation of women including coordination of mental health services inside of detention and advocating with ICE for therapy / crisis hotline or other additional supportive services currently not available for women; build the Florence Project’s network of survivor-based groups and coalitions supporting survivors.
  • Detained LGBTQ+ Migrants: representing LGBTQ+ migrants; collaborating with LGBTQ+-led organizations to build deep client connections and to develop LGBTQ+ friendly community education; implementing creative strategies for release and to end the detention for LGBTQ+ migrants; bringing attention to conditions of detention for LGBTQ+ migrants.
  • Due Process Issues: identifying systemic due process issues in our local courts and/or in custody, and training staff to ensure issues are preserved; providing representation on appeal to challenge due process errors.
  • Mental Health Advocacy: representing individuals with mental illness in both immigration and criminal custody who are not eligible for appointment of counsel pursuant to Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder and/or who have been erroneously denied appointment of counsel; documenting and reporting violations of the Franco-Gonzalez settlement in the Arizona detained courts.

The Florence Project welcomes projects that use diverse and complementary strategies including direct client representation in immigration court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals, federal court litigation, multi-disciplinary collaboration, pro bono placement, community education, accompaniment, and pro se empowerment, to name a few. 

Depending on the specific project proposal, this position may be based in either our Phoenix or Tucson office or remotely. Please note, that as the Florence Project’s focuses on providing legal services to detained men, women, and children and migrants at the Mexico-US border, any project will likely require regular travel to and time spent at detention centers, shelters for migrant children, and/or the border.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Shannon Johnson, Managing Attorney, Direct Representation, at the Florence Project at sjohnson@firrp.org prior to June 19th to discuss potential project proposal ideas.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3L law student, LLM, or recent law graduate. 
  • Fluency or professional proficiency in Spanish is required.
  • Must take the bar exam or be licensed to practice law, in good standing, in any state in the United States prior to beginning the fellowship. Applicants proposing to provide representation to immigrant children must be willing to take the Arizona bar exam or be admitted or eligible to be admitted to the Arizona bar. For all other proposals, the Arizona bar exam or admission is preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a career in public interest and to the population or need the project proposes to serve or fill.
  • Strong oral advocacy skills.
  •  Demonstrate commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way. 
  • Demonstrate a zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission.  
  • Must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions.  
  • Strong legal research skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse populations.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 
  • Highly organized, an innovative thinker, and work in high-volume settings with limited resources. 
  • Excellent problem solving, research and analytical skills. 
  • Effectively manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.  
  • Demonstrate to be a hardworking, flexible, respectful team player that can work effectively in a collaborative, innovative, and client centered work environment.  
  • Ability to work independently, be adaptable and reliable in the face of conflict, pressure, crisis or changing priorities. 
  • Exhibit high ethical standards and the ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Must be able to pass federal and state background checks. 
  • Travel is required for this position.  
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.  
  • Proven computer skills. Advanced understanding of basic office applications. 

The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Benefits

SALARY AND BENEFITS


Final offer of employment at the Florence Project will be contingent on award of a fellowship. The fellow position is a full-time, salaried exempt position. The Florence Project’s starting salary is $61,000; it exceeds the salary amounts provided by the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and Justice Catalyst Fellowship Programs. We will provide the additional funding necessary to allow the fellow to have pay equity with other similarly qualified staff. We strive to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. We offer excellent benefits to all staff including fellows. Our benefits in include: 

  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short-term disability insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project, and partial health insurance premiums paid for dependents.
  • Eligible employees are eligible for an employer matching retirement plan as soon as the employee contributes to their retirement plan.
  • One personal day paid each month.
  • Twenty-five days of vacation per year.
  • Five days of sick/medical leave annually.
  • Twelve weeks of paid parental leave. 
  • Relocation Assistance for out of state new hires.
  • Bereavement leave.
  • All federal holidays observed.
  • After three years of employment, employees are eligible for an eight-week paid sabbatical.
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work.
  • The Florence Project will reimburse each attorney on staff for the cost of their bar license fee for one jurisdiction.
  • All attorneys have a generous continuing legal education (CLE) budget.
  • Ability to work remotely.

SALARY AND BENEFITS


Final offer of employment at the Florence Project will be contingent on award of a fellowship. The fellow position is a full-time, salaried exempt position. The…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish Required

Spanish Required

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Phoenix, AZ, USA

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented and directly affected communities.  

All post-graduate legal fellowship proposals are due no later than June 25th at 5 pm PST. To apply, please complete the application below and upload the following three documents:

  1.  A letter, not to exceed one page, providing a 1-2 sentence description of your project proposal, your particular interest in partnering with the Florence Project, and your connection to and experience working with the population/need your project addresses.
  2. A project proposal, not to exceed 400 words, describing the issue(s)/need(s) to be addressed, the reason(s) the project is timely, the strategies the project will employ to tackle this need/issue, and the proposed goals and/or outcomes.
  3. A resume.
  4. A document listing three professional references including their name, title, and contact information (phone and/or email).

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants wishing to apply for the Skadden Fellowship will be asked to submit law school transcripts after the interview. 

This call for post-graduate legal fellowships is for informational purposes only and is subject to change and modification without notice. This posting includes a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications, and requirements of the position, but does not include all the essential job functions of the position. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with…

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