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Deputy Attorney-in-Charge- Immigration Law Unit

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Job Description

The Immigration Law Unit (ILU) in The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice is a recognized leader in providing high-quality representation to non-citizens in all five boroughs of New York City and surrounding counties. Our staff of almost 100 attorneys, social workers, and paralegals across six different projects and initiatives works collaboratively to provide client-centered, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive legal services.

 

The ILU seeks a Deputy Attorney-in-Charge for the Immigrant Opportunities Initiative, Youth Project, and Domestic Violence Immigration Project, to work closely with the Attorney-in-Charge and the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project and Federal Project, be involved in day-to-day operations, and work closely with supervising attorneys to train, supervise, and mentor staff. The Deputy Attorneys-in-Charge will participate in Civil Practice-wide management discussions and decision making and will assist in maintaining relationships with other stakeholders in the legal, court, and service communities. The Deputy Attorneys-in-Charge will also coordinate city-wide efforts to improve immigration legal services with other non-profit community-based organizations. In addition, the Deputy Attorneys-in-Charge will assist in working closely with private and government funders to ensure the viability of all the programs within the Unit. The Deputy Attorneys-in-Charge will also oversee Special Projects that may arise.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide support and direction to the ILU managers under their purview in their direct supervision of staff attorneys, paralegals, social workers, interns, externs, and volunteers
  • Monitor and maintain a high standard of representation and client service
  • Support the Attorney-in-Charge in leading The Legal Aid Society in immigration matters before the community and with key stakeholders, including but not limited to funders, community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts
  • Collaborate with practitioners throughout the country to develop and participate in national litigation and law reform projects
  • Analyze emerging legal issues and develop and supervise the implementation of responsive legal strategies s
  • Foster and encourage teamwork and communication
  • Mentor and develop skills and knowledge of ILU managers
  • Reinforce and maintain staff accountability
  • Assist in supporting staff well-being and retention 
  • Coordinate and implement professional development training for staff
  • Assist with the development and oversee the implementation of the projects within their purview, and assist with the fundraising and reporting on such projects
  • Respond to client, community, and staff concerns
  • Provide oversight of pro bono initiatives within the ILU
  • Work creatively and collaboratively with the ILU to carry out the mission of the Unit, and to address and devise solutions to structural issues within the Unit as they arise
  • Develop and maintain community support and relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts
  • Represent the Civil Practice and The Legal Aid Society in the community
  • Conduct community education, training and outreach and promote the work of the office and the Civil Practice
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Documents

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a single PDF when you apply via the LAS Recruitment Portal.

Location

Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters

Requirements

  • Admission to NYS Bar or any other state bar
  • Minimum of six years legal practice required
  • Comprehensive knowledge of immigration law, and experience litigating cases in immigration court
  • Strong interest in the intersection of criminal law and immigration law
  • Strong interest in the intersection of child welfare law and immigration law
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience in public interest law and civil legal services
  • Demonstrated commitment to policy advocacy and administrative reform
  • Commitment to exploring alternative approaches for legal practice
  • Experience supervising and mentoring others
  • Excellent oral, writing, research, and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Commitment to work in and value collaborative team models
  • Ability to work with pro bono lawyers
  • Grant-writing and fundraising experience preferred
  • Pro bono, government, public service, and academic experience is desirable, but not required
  • Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability, and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if, an offer is made.


OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

 

COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION

The Legal Aid Society is taking precautions and implementing safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with New York City's requirements concerning Covid-19. All members of the Legal Aid community have a shared responsibility to support and comply with policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of our community. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy by visiting our website.


HOW TO APPLY

All applications must be completed online. We do not accept paper submissions. Please visit our Careers Page to review all current job postings, and instructions on the application process. For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org opens an email client application.


As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race or color, size (including bone structure, body size, height, shape, and weight), religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity (one's internal deeply-held sense of one's gender which may be the same or different from one's sex assigned at birth; one's gender identity may be male, female, neither or both, e.g., non-binary), gender expression (the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one's name, choice of pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics; gender expression may not be distinctively male or female and may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities), disability, marital status, relationship and family structure (including domestic partnerships, polyamorous families and individuals, chosen family, platonic co-parents, and multigenerational families), genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, caregiver status, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Description

The Immigration Law Unit (ILU) in The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice is a recognized leader in providing high-quality representation to non-citizens in all five boroughs of New York City and surrounding counties. Our…

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