Details: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
40 Court Street
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), a nationally-recognized nonprofit statewide poverty law and policy center, seeks an experienced attorney with a strong background in immigration law to address significant immigration law changes under the current federal Administration.
About the Opportunity: Since 2017, federal changes to immigration laws, policies and regulations have had and will continue to have very harmful effects on immigrant communities, particularly low income immigrants. Systemic advocacy, such as affirmative and appellate litigation and federal, state, and local policy advocacy, are critical to prevent or mitigate harmful impacts, prevent discrimination, and/or delay the effects of harmful policies until fairer ones can be attained. This project offers a unique opportunity for creative and strategic lawyering on a statewide and national basis, in partnership with diverse and dedicated immigration legal services providers and immigrant-serving community organizations, to make a lasting impact on the lives of low-income immigrants in Massachusetts.
Key Responsibilities: The Immigration Attorney will partner with MLRI’s Senior Immigration Attorney Iris Gomez to develop and support systemic advocacy, including impact litigation and administrative advocacy, aimed at mitigating and/or challenging adverse policies at the federal, state, and/or local level that harm low-income immigrants communities, including: Haitian and Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, DACA grantees, mixed-status families facing adverse consequences because they received critical safety net benefits in the past, and immigrants at risk of removal despite significant family ties and/or other hardships if deported. The Immigration Attorney will engage in additional related legal advocacy and community lawyering activities and provide training, expertise, and support to advocates and policymakers as the need arises in this volatile new federal policy environment.
Desired Background & Qualifications:
- J.D. and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts or any other state
- Minimum 7 years post-law school immigration law experience, including litigation experience
- Experience or knowledge of issues affecting low-income immigrants in Massachusetts, particularly of color populations
- Knowledge of issues affecting the intersection of federal immigration law with other laws, policies, programs, and/or agencies affecting low income people
- Ability to strategically advocate in cross-substantive legal areas
- Ability to lead and coordinate coalitions and advocacy campaigns
- Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent writing and legal research skills
- Demonstrated commitment to MLRI’s mission of addressing poverty, advancing racial equity, and ensuring access to justice
Excellent benefits package includes health and dental.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish-speaking candidate preferred but not required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Qualified applicants must electronically submit the following: 1) cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, 2) resume, 3) one short writing sample, 4) three professional references. Electronically submit application materials to ImmAtty@mlri.org with “Immigration Attorney” in the subject line. No telephone calls please.
Applications will be reviewed as received & interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates should submit applications as early as possible.
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. MLRI strives for racial and ethnic diversity because it is critical both to achieving MLRI's mission and to operating in a way that is consistent with MLRI's organizational values. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.