Staff Attorney (2017 Rural Immigrant Justice)

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121 Sunnyside Ave
Granger, WA 98932
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Central and Eastern Washington

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking third-year law student, law graduate (including those pursuing a judicial clerkship) or attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters. This position would begin after the July 2017 bar exam.

This position is expected to be based in Eastern Washington, in either NWIRP's Granger or Wenatchee Office. These offices serve a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families. However, depending on unanticipated organizational needs, NWIRP may assign the staff attorney to work in one of its Western Washington offices (Seattle or Tacoma). The successful candidate will be informed of the placement by May 1, 2017.

The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing representation and legal assistance on a wide range of immigration cases including defending clients in removal proceedings and representing clients in applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions and applicable state court custody matters, asylum applications, protections for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes (including U visas), and citizenship applications. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

Directing Attorney, Wenatchee or Granger Office

• Provide direct representation to persons submitting affirmative applications with USCIS and the Department of State;
• Provide direct representation to persons in removal proceedings, and state juvenile proceedings;
• Conduct presentations, workshops, legal clinics and individual consultations in Spanish and English;
• Provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance to individuals in a wide range of immigration matters;
• Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements;
• Participate in NWIRP's outreach, community education and development efforts;
• Perform other tasks as required and directed by supervisory staff.

• Law degree or expected spring 2017 graduation;
• Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (Washington preferred) or plan to sit for the bar exam in 2017;
• Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP's mission, vision and values;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
• Fluent in English and Spanish;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and
• Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel;
• The applicant must have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle as the position involves some travel.

Beginning annual salary is $49,289 or DOE, plus health, dental and other benefits.

Send cover letter, resume and references to: [email protected] with the subject "2017 RIJ
Attorney - NAME". Full consideration will be given to those who apply by December 1, 2016.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. It is the policy of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. NWIRP is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. NWIRP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability. We encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community and other minority groups.


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Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016