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Senior Staff Attorney, REQ #715

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During this current situation with COVID-19, the ABA will continue to accept and process applications for job opportunities. We will conduct our recruitment process via alternative means (virtual interviews) for the time being.

The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world. The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.

Open to remote work for residents of Texas only. 

Provides technical assistance, training, resources, and opportunities for collaboration to advocates who represent unaccompanied children in Texas. Strives to help advocates understand the immigration process for children including all forms of legal relief available to children such as asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, as well as skills in working with children from diverse backgrounds and who have dealt with varying levels of trauma and grief, in both detained and released settings.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

Responds to legal technical assistance requests from legal services staff, pro bono attorneys, private practice attorneys, and other advocates who work with immigrant youth on issues relating to immigration legal relief, such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum claims, U and T visas, removal defense and other immigration law issues, as well as ethical issues, and working with children in a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive manner.

Coordinates multiple webinar trainings throughout the year on a variety of topics in children’s immigration law including development of material, presenting, and recruiting outside experts to present at trainings. 

Drafts manuals, practitioner advisories, blog pots, and other educational materials for attorneys, legal staff, and others on children’s immigration law and related topics.

Coordinates statewide and local working groups by advertising upcoming meetings, preparing the agenda, and leading the collaborative meeting.

Participates in meetings with stakeholders as needed. 

Performs other related duties as required.

Required Education, Qualifications, Experience

Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school and be in good standing, and three or more years’ experience in representing clients preferably on immigration matters.  Licensed to practice law in a U.S. state or territory. Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office products.  Excellent writing, editing, legal analysis, and oral presentation skills.

Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience

Licensed to practice law and member in the State Bar of Texas, and five years’ experience with at least three year s on immigration matters. Prior work experience with children, particularly from Central America and including Mayan language- speaking populations. Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention. Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving unaccompanied children.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188. Residency requirements may apply.

During this current situation with COVID-19, the ABA will continue to accept and process applications for job opportunities. We will conduct our recruitment process via alternative means (virtual interviews) for the time being.

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Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 68,000 - USD 76,000

Level of Language Proficiency

English and Spanish.

English and Spanish.

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1303 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

How to Apply

https://us60.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/aba/Posting/View/1645

https://us60.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/aba/Posting/View/1645

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