Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/10/2018

Address

Seattle
Washington
United States

Description

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)

PRO BONO COORDINATING ATTORNEY POSITION

SEATTLE, WA

August 2018

 

 

Background: KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, and is the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone. We do this in partnership with over 531 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations has served more than 16,386 children since 2009, and trained over 26,018 private sector attorneys to provide them with high quality representation in their deportation proceedings. KIND promotes protection of children in countries of origin and transit countries and works to address the root causes of child migration from Central America. KIND also advocates to change law, policy, and practices to improve the protection of unaccompanied children in the United States, by educating policymakers, the media, and the broader public about the violence that is driving children out of Central America and their need for protection. 

 

Overview: KIND seeks a full-time Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Seattle, Washington to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children, some of whom are in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and some who have been released to caregivers in Washington, through KIND’s relationship with Microsoft Corporation. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration agencies and courts, as well as state courts. 

 

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  1. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys, paralegals and interpreters at Microsoft (Microsoft volunteers)
  2. Recruit, train, and coordinate Microsoft volunteers and develop and maintain internal resources to help them effectively represent unaccompanied children in immigration court, relevant state court hearings and USCIS interviews;
  3. Provide hands on mentorship and case management assistance to Microsoft volunteers;
  4. Serve as co-counsel with Microsoft volunteers in immigration court; relevant state court proceedings and USCIS interviews as needed;
  5. Provide direct representation to some children in immigration court; relevant state court proceedings and USCIS interviews
  6. Manage Microsoft internal case set-up, closing and archiving procedures for Microsoft volunteers;
  7. Administer office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  8. Assist in developing and managing KIND’s relationship with Microsoft as well as other corporate counsel and law firms;
  9. Attend and participate in Microsoft’s Pro Bono Steering Committee;
  10. Assist the Seattle office by performing other duties related to community relations as needed;
  11. Participate in conferences, meetings and trainings as needed; and
  12. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission.

 

 

Qualifications for the Ideal Candidate:

 

  1. Fluency in Spanish desired;
  2. Admitted to practice law in the state of Washington;
  3. At least one to three   years’ experience practicing immigration law, which should include preparing and representing immigrants and asylum seekers before immigration authorities, or substantially equivalent experience, and/or representing youth in dependency proceedings;
  4. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
  5. A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
  6. An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;
  7. Ability to utilize technology to manage individual cases, Microsoft volunteer engagement, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements.  
  8. Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently; and
  9. Ability to work collaboratively.  


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

 To Apply:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/jobs/.  Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.


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