Staff Attorney for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

$70,000 yearly
  • Immigration Center for Women and Children
  • Oct 13, 2022
Full time Immigration Legal Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) seeks a full-time staff attorney or recent law school graduate for our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The staff attorney will collaborate with other attorneys, social workers, legal and administrative assistants, and volunteers. They will represent unaccompanied immigrant children who fled abuse in their home country and are in, or released from, federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody in Los Angeles County. The attorney will work with social work staff who provide Know Your Rights presentations and legal screenings to the children at ORR facilities. This is a unique opportunity to join the ICWC team as it launches a new program to serve unaccompanied children.

Duties include conducting client intake, case assessment, and ongoing case management, researching and drafting legal documents and attending court hearings in both immigration court and state court. The attorney will work collaboratively with social services staff to provide comprehensive wrap-around services to this population. The attorney's caseload will be a combination of defensive (removal) and affirmative cases, with a focus on providing relief under asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. The attorney may supervise law students and other volunteers.

For law graduates, the role would officially convert to Staff Attorney upon passage of the bar exam and admittance to the bar.

Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Either (1) California bar admission or (2) Applicants awaiting the July 2022 bar exam results
  • Spanish language fluency required

Other Qualifications:

  • Experience in immigration law practice preferred
  • U visa, VAWA, SIJS, and/or asylum experience (including law school clinic experience and internships) preferred
  • Strong writing skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • A demonstrated interest in low-income legal services and/or a commitment to immigrants' rights
  • Ability to work effectively with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or other forms of trauma

Benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurances, a retirement plan with employer match, FSA (flexible spending account for healthcare and commuting expenses), and reimbursement for preventative wellness activities. Generous paid time off, in addition to office closures for 13 state and federal holidays and a week-long winter break.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter addressed to Executive Director, Suzanne McCormick, at suzanne@icwclaw.org.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary:      From $70,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:

We require all staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID (with booster). This position is in-office (not remote).

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Los Angeles, CA 90014: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
  • San Francisco, CA 94110: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Question(s):

  • Are you fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with booster)?
  • Do you have a California bar license or are you awaiting July 2022 bar exam results? (Required)

Language:

  • Spanish (Required)