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Staff Attorney, Immigrant Protection Unit

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New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) | New York, NY
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New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)


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Published 12 days ago

Commensurate with experience.

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading not-for-profit civil legal services organization advocating for adults, children, and families that are experiencing poverty or have low income. We tackle the legal challenges and systematic barriers that threaten our clients’ economic stability, well-being, and safety. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and constantly improving how we respond to systemic issues of racism that affect our clients in their pursuit of justice. We address emerging and urgent needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, direct representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, financial counseling, medical-legal partnerships, and community education and partnerships. Last year, we affected the lives of 90,800 people. 


Mission 

The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. 


Values that guide us

• We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.  

• We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.

• We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas. 

• We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships. 

• We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.

• We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs. 

• We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.

• We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.

• We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job Description 

The Staff Attorney will provide legal representation and legal advocacy to non-citizens experiencing poverty who are in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, have previously been ordered removed by an Immigration Judge, or have complicated affirmative matters before the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. A substantial portion of these clients will be Spanish-speaking and will not be proficient in English. The Staff Attorney will also conduct screening and consultations with potential clients, many of whom will be detained or in danger of being imminently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 


Duties and Responsibilities 

• Represent clients in detained and non-detained removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and their appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Second Circuit. 

• Collaborate on federal litigation concerning detained and non-detained clients, including litigation on issues related to COVID-19. 

• Represent clients in Family Court as needed for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and in affirmative matters before the US Citizenship and Immigration Court. 

• Perform intake and screening, and provide advice, consultation, advocacy, and brief services to potential clients in NYLAG’s office, at clinical programs in the community, and in detention facilities. 

• Make visits to detention centers as necessary to interview and prepare clients. 

• Maintain data in case management system and assist with gathering data for grant reporting. 

• Represent NYLAG at advocate meetings and community events. 

• Work with and mentor pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and law students working with NYLAG.

• Conduct trainings for community-based organizations, local agencies, and other advocates in the related substantive matters. 


Qualifications 

• Admission to New York Bar required. 

• Fluency in Spanish required. 

• Minimum three years experience in immigration law required. 

• Minimum two years of experience in removal defense required. 

• Experience with federal litigation, including habeas petitions, is preferred.  

• Experience working with survivors of trauma, immigrants and/or underserved communities.  

• Excellent oral advocacy, litigation, research, and writing skills. 

• Strong organizational and administrative skills. 


NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion 

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Employment type: Full Time.  

Professional Level: Professional 

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Benefits: Excellent benefits. 

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading not-for-profit civil legal services organization advocating for adults, children, and families that are experiencing poverty or have low income. We tackle…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Excellent benefits.

Excellent benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish required.

Fluency in Spanish required.

How to Apply

Please submit application, resume, and cover letter using the above link.

Please submit application, resume, and cover letter using the above link.

Location

New York, NY

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