Founded in 1996, Queens Law Associates (QLA) is one of two public defender organizations in Queens, New York.
QLA provides indigent defense to poor people in the criminal and immigration systems. Representing over 24,000 individuals each year, QLA provides services to the most ethnically diverse county in the United States. We serve six of the ten neighborhoods with the highest concentration of immigrants in New York City. QLA believes that all individuals have the constitutional right to legal representation if they are charged with a crime and cannot afford an attorney.
QLA is seeking a Supervising Immigration Attorney to join the Immigration Program which consists of three immigration attorneys and a paralegal. Launched in 2012, the Immigration Program focuses on the intersection of criminal and immigration law and represents immigrants before the Immigration Courts as well as various federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. QLA’s immigration attorneys a) advises clients and strategizes with our public defenders to avoid negative immigration consequences; b) provides immigration support to public defenders at arraignments; c) provides free representation before USCIS, Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Court; d) and provides emergency response to the various ICE enforcement actions post-Trump. The Supervising Immigration Attorney will work closely with the Executive Director, the Managing Director, and the Deputy Directors.
· Provide supervision and training to immigration attorneys and paralegals;
· Provide regular continuing legal education trainings on criminal-immigration law;
· Monitor immigration legal developments and respond with best practices and provide other
legal resources for immigration attorneys and public defenders;
· Maintain a reasonable Padilla caseload;
· Coordinate with the public defenders to ensure that Padilla cases are completed and assist
immigration attorneys in following up with client service;
· Must be admitted to New York State Bar;
· Minimum of three years of legal practice preferred;
· Comprehensive knowledge of immigration law and/or experience litigating cases in Immigration
Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals;
· Experience supervising and mentoring others preferred, but not required;
· Excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills;
· Demonstrate ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
· Strong organizational and time-management skills;
· Ability to work with a diverse group of public defenders;
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
· Demonstrate leadership ability;
· Demonstrate commitment to advancing the rights of poor and low-income immigrants;
· Demonstrate commitment to criminal justice issues;
· Ability to speak in other languages preferred, but not required;
Salary will be commensurate with experience and within the parameters of QLA’s compensation scale. Benefits will be provided.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Sin Yen Ling at email@example.com. No phone calls, please