Supervising Attorney

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Job location
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Legal Aid Society
Street address: 
199 Water Street
New York
New York
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice is seeking a Supervising Attorney to join a dedicated team of managers, staff attorneys, paralegals and social workers in the Citywide Immigration Law Unit to supervise the Immigration Youth Project. The Unit is a recognized leader in the delivery of high quality legal services to immigrants in New York City and surrounding counties. The Unit provides low -income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services ranging from deportation defense to adjustment of status to Legal Permanent Residence and citizenship applications. The Unit specializes in the intersection between immigration and criminal law and works collaboratively with all practice areas to serve the Society’s diverse immigrant clients through a comprehensive service model. Unit staff represent immigrants before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), before immigration judges in removal proceedings, the Board of Immigration Appeals and in federal court on habeas corpus petitions and petitions for review, and on administrative and judicial appeals. Currently, the Immigration Law Unit is comprised of an attorney-in-charge, five supervising attorneys, twenty-eight staff attorneys, eight paralegals and three social workers, and is located at 199 Water Street in Lower Manhattan.


The ideal candidate must have: admission to NYS Bar; a minimum of five years legal practice preferred, with a background in child welfare strongly preferred; comprehensive knowledge of family law, immigration law, and experience litigating cases in family court, immigration court, and before the USCIS Asylum Offices; demonstrated commitment to and experience in working with vulnerable children, public interest law and civil legal services; experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people is strongly desired; experience supervising and mentoring others; excellent writing, analytical and organizational skill; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated commitment to policy advocacy and administrative reform; demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to work in and value collaborative team models. Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required.

To apply: 

The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, references and the Applicant Information Form ( electronically in a single PDF document by 3/22/16 to: [email protected] and include the Job Reference Code: CIVIL-2016-012 in all correspondence and in the subject line of your email. If one or more of the required items are missing or if the application is not in a single PDF, your application will not be processed.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016