Immigrants’ Rights Staff Attorney

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Job location
1331 H Street, NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Street address: 
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 350
City: 
Washington
State: 
District of Columbia
ZIP: 
20005
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an experienced staff attorney to work on immigration matters and other general civil legal issues for D.C.’s immigrant communities. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest
and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The bulk of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. From our work with clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and impact litigation.

Tasks and Duties

The immigrants’ rights staff attorney will handle a caseload of immigration law matters (U visas, T visas, VAWA petitions, and possibly DACA, SIJS, and TPS matters) and provide advice and representation to members of D.C.’s immigrant communities across a wide range of legal services practice areas, helping to promote family stability through litigation or negotiation of agreements regarding custody and support of children for immigrant parents, as well as handling housing, consumer, and public benefits matters as appropriate. In addition, the staff attorney will engage in community organizing and education, conduct interviews of prospective clients, and work on systemic advocacy efforts related to the protection of immigrants’ rights. He/she will represent and conduct outreach and training to immigrants regardless of their immigration status. Legal Aid’s immigrants’ rights attorney will primarily work out of Legal Aid’s central office and may also work and conduct initial applicant interviews out of a community office.

Requirements: 

The ideal candidate will have the following:
• A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in immigration law and/or serving the legal needs of immigrant communities required;
• Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
• The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
• A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
• Experience in other legal services, including family law, housing, consumer, or public benefits strongly preferred; and
• Bilingual fluency in Spanish required.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

To apply: 

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a resume and letter of interest here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=5. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018