Staff Attorney


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

03/28/2018

Address

Atlanta
Georgia
United States

Description

Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit legal services organization, seeks an engaging, enterprising, and empathetic lawyer for the Staff Attorney position in our new Atlanta, GA office. This role will provide critical legal counsel to our clients, immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence, who seek asylum and related relief before the Department of Homeland Security, federal immigration courts, and appellate courts. The successful candidate will be well-versed in immigration law, be adept at facilitating trauma-informed legal representation, and have a thriving passion for social justice. S/he will also play a lead role in litigating immigration appellate work for the Atlanta office.


The ideal candidate is an activist-minded, self-starting professional with excellent oratory and written communication skills. We are seeking a dynamic individual who can seamlessly operate in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining his/her passion for our mission and supporting internal and external collaboration.


About the Tahirih Justice Center: The Tahirih Justice Center is a growing national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, Congress, and communities. Through pro bono holistic legal services, community outreach and education and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih’s 70 employees work from offices in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Key Areas of Responsibility

• Advise, counsel, and represent immigrant women and children in their legal matters before Department of Homeland Security, immigration courts, and appellate courts

• Mentor and train pro bono attorneys

• Coordinate a broad range of legal services to support asylum seekers in removal proceedings before the Atlanta Immigration Court

• Strategize with local and national partners on appellate work and advocacy goals, in consultation with Executive Director

• Support innovative use of technology to leverage volunteer resources while effectively providing high-quality legal services

• Represent Tahirih in coalition efforts to expand networks of legal and social services support for clients, rooted in Tahirih’s holistic model of representation

• Supervise legal fellows and interns

• Contribute to grant proposals, reports and periodic policy pieces


Minimum Qualifications:

• Current bar membership of any state in good standing

• Minimum three years of experience working on asylum, U-Visa, T-visa, VAWA, and SIJS applications

• Ability to communicate effectively in one or more languages other than English, especially Spanish

• Excellent legal analysis, written and oral advocacy and presentation skills

• Creative and strategic legal thinker

• Responsible, self-initiating, and focused, with proven ability to work independently and also collaboratively in a team-based decision-making environment

• Meticulous organizational habits and exemplary time management skills

• Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and cross-cultural communication skills

• Excellent creative problem solving, strategic thinking, and analytical skills

• Flexibility to meet with key stakeholders outside of standard office hours

• Demonstrated commitment to legal services, public interest law, and/or social justice

• An engaging communicator who can effectively and independently communicate with diverse audiences and network collaboratively among a variety of stakeholder groups

• Must be highly self-motivated and driven

• Must be comfortable in a collaborative, consultative environment

• Must be committed to nonpartisanship


Desirable Qualifications:

• Experience in appellate work at the Board of Immigration Appeals and / or federal court

• Experience in Family Law

• Experience mentoring attorneys and law students

• Experience designing trainings and presenting to professional audiences

• Understanding of the law firm and pro bono culture and previous work experience with recruiting volunteer attorneys a plus.

Benefits

Annual salary and benefits: Competitive compensation depends on experience. Generous benefits include fully-paid employee health, vision and dental insurance; a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a very generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Minimum Qualifications:

• Current bar membership of any state in good standing

• Ability to communicate effectively in one or more languages other than English, especially Spanish

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

recruiting@tahirih.org

http://www.tahirih.org

Submissions: Please email a cover letter, legal writing sample, resume, and a list of three references to recruiting@tahirih.org.


Deadlines: We will begin reviewing applications on rolling basis. We hope to identify a candidate who can start work as soon as possible. Candidates from all regions are encouraged to apply, and relocation assistance will be provided.


Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


Tahirih Justice Center is committed to equal opportunity and promotes equity and transparency as core values. Tahirih practices inclusiveness in decision making through the use of consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih does not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Applicants committed to equity from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities are encouraged to apply. 


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