LSC seeks an attorney to represent children in immigration proceedings. Our immigration clients are primarily monolingual Spanish speakers, and also include Central American and Mexican indigenous youth as well as youth of African descent. We welcome applicants at all levels and provide opportunities for training and leadership.
Please note that due to COVID19, employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely. However, attorneys occasionally may need to attend court proceedings and USCIS interviews in person. All LSC employees will continue to primarily work remotely and the expectation is that all employees will return to work in LSC’s office when it is safe to do so.
This position is in a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 20.
Primary duties include:
· Conducting legal screenings, client interviews, and factual and legal investigations, counseling clients, developing case strategies and case plans, and engaging in oral and written advocacy as part of representing children in immigration matters (primarily Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, T and U visa cases)
· Representing non-detained youth in Immigration Court proceedings and related state court matters (probate guardianship and dependency as needed), as well as applications before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and cases before Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
· Engaging in advocacy efforts on behalf of children, including conducting community presentations for children, families, schools, and community organizations
· Representing LSC in local and national coalitions and collaboratives as needed
· Membership in good standing of the State Bar of California
· Spanish fluency is required
· Excellent research, analytical, writing and verbal communication skills
· A strong commitment to the rights of youth
· Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to the demands and deadlines of a fast-paced caseload
· Well-organized, motivated, creative, and independent, yet also able to work cooperatively in a team-oriented environment
· Commitment to providing services with cultural humility and with an approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction
· Prior experience in the practice of immigration law
· Experience working with children who have experienced trauma
· Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and in crisis situations
Please send cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Immigration Staff Attorney” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered: LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are youth of color who come from low income backgrounds. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
P.O. Box 387 San Francisco, CA email@example.com