Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Justice

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
131 Steuart St., Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Street address: 
131 Steuart Pl, Suite 400
San Francisco
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Law yers’ Committee f or Civil Rights
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) works to advance, protect
and promote the legal rights of communities of color, and low-income persons, immigrants, and
refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, LCCR provides free legal assistance and
representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy
LCCR was founded in 1968 when the country was reeling from the shock of the assassinations of
Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy. Today, LCCR continues to partner with pro bono
attorneys to support communities that face racism and discrimination. Our racial justice, education,
immigration, and economic justice work is driven by the clients and communities we serve. Learn more
General Summary of Work Performed
The Senior Staff Attorney will (1) direct the pro bono asylum program; (2) train and mentor pro bono
attorneys handling asylum cases; (3) supervise Immigrant Justice program staff; (4) represent a small
number of clients in removal proceedings and some affirmative applications before USCIS; (5)
identify, develop, and participate in immigrant justice policy advocacy and litigation priorities; and (6)
collaborate with community organizations and other legal non-profits to ensure LCCR is working to
best meet the needs of immigrant communities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Direct the Pro Bono Asylum Program: Since 1983, LCCR has represented hundreds of
individuals seeking refuge in the United States. We currently have pro bono attorneys,
immigration attorney-mentors, and interpreters working on over three hundred open cases.
The Senior Staff Attorney places a critical role in managing this program, including:
• Provide active mentorship for pro bono attorneys handling asylum cases;
• Develop training materials and draft practice advisories for pro bono attorneys;
• Organize and teach regular in-person trainings and webinars to recruit and train pro
bono attorneys;
• Supervise Immigrant Justice program staff, which currently includes one paralegal
and one staff attorney;
• Supervise the intake interview process, meet with potential clients to explain
immigration options and answer legal questions, oversee the case placement process
and maintenance of client files.
2. Direct Representation: Represent a small docket of clients in removal proceedings and in
affirmative applications before USCIS. The attorney should be willing and interested in
seeking all available forms of relief for the client, but most cases will involve applications
for asylum and alternative forms of humanitarian protection, Special Immigrant Juvenile
Status, or U- or T-visa applications.
3. Impact Litigation and Policy Advocacy: Lead the Immigrant Justice Program’s advocacy
and public education efforts related to changes in law and policy affecting asylum seekers.
In partnership with LCCR’s litigation team and community partners, identify and explore
civil rights injustices and systemic problems experienced by immigrants. Work with other
staff, immigrant communities, and partner organizations to achieve solutions through
litigation, policy, and other advocacy.
4. Community Outreach: Organize, attend and participate in community events, legal
workshops/clinics, volunteer recruitment/training events, and participate in communitybased coalitions related to immigrant rights.
5. Represent the program and organization in the community, and participate in the overall
work of LCCR’s Immigrant Justice Program.
6. Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management. This position may require some
evening and weekend work.


1. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
2. A minimum of five years of legal experience, and a minimum of three years of experience
in immigration cases. Experience working with pro bono attorneys highly preferred.
Experience in impact litigation, asylum and/or working with unaccompanied minors a
3. Excellent organizational, communication, analytical, writing, and editing skills; strong
attention to detail.
4. Ability to relate to and communicate respectfully and effectively with a broad range of
clients, colleagues, and partners in the legal community and beyond. Values working
cooperatively with others.
5. Ability to work as a member of a team and independently. Ability to set and carry out
objectives with minimal supervision.
6. Ability to think strategically and creatively, solve problems, innovate, exercise initiative, and
manage multiple tasks/projects and sensitive information while also being able to determine
when to ask for assistance.
7. Impeccable integrity, judgment and discretion.
8. Knowledge of and commitment to the mission and goals of the LCCR and the Immigrant
Justice Program and a willingness to fulfill the requirements of the position.

To apply: 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and
list of three references by email to [email protected] (Subject Line: “Senior Staff Attorney – IJ
In your cover letter, please respond to the following question, or we may choose not to consider your
LCCR serves highly diverse communities. To ensure that we are best positioned to serve these
communities, we strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that help us work effectively in
cross-cultural situations with clients, our coworkers, and our communities. We seek to create an
inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How have your
background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment
to cultural competency and racial equity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this
question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
Questions regarding this position may be submitted to [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019