Full-time Staff Attorney – Immigration Unit

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Job location
601 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Public Law Center
Street address: 
601 Civic Center Drive West
City: 
Santa Ana
State: 
California
ZIP: 
92701
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Organization Description
The Public Law Center (PLC), Orange County's non-profit pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Through volunteers and staff, PLC provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 34th year of service, PLC works with more than 1,600 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.
The Immigration Unit provides assistance in the following areas: U visa, T visa, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, DACA, naturalization, and some deportation defense. The staff attorney would be expected to provide assistance in these areas through direct representation and providing technical assistance to our pro bono volunteers.

Requirements: 

Qualifications

  • Active membership in the California State Bar
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • 1-3 years demonstrated experience in immigration law, including case preparation, legal research, and client representation before USCIS and EOIR
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with immigrant communities
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to train a variety of audiences, from clients to pro bono attorneys
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently
  • Must have own transportation, valid CA Driver’s license, insurance and good driving record

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide direct legal services to low income clients in the areas of: SIJS petitions, asylum applications, U visa, T visa, DACA, and naturalization
  • Help organize and coordinate immigration legal services through clinics and workshops throughout Orange County
  • Provide training to pro bono attorneys and volunteers as needed
  • Represent PLC at legal networking and community outreach events 
  • Full time position; occasional evening and weekend work required
  • Other duties as assigned
To apply: 

Please submit resume, cover letter and writing sample (10 pages or less) to [email protected]. Please no phone calls
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled

Notes: 
Excellent benefits provided State and local Bar dues paid
Salary range: 
Salary & Benefits • Salary dependent on experience
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Expiration date: 
Monday, April 25, 2016