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.
In this position, you will: directly supervise and mentor staff attorneys, paralegals, social worker and volunteers working with undocumented youth and unaccompanied minor children on the Juvenile and Priority dockets in immigration court, family court and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; assist in monitoring and maintaining a high standard of representation and client service; analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy and supervise implementation of legal strategies; foster and encourage teamwork and communication; develop skills and knowledge of staff members, and coordinate staff training on issues relevant to child welfare work and immigration law; provide oversight to weekly Priority dockets; foster relationships with and respond to the needs of attorneys throughout Legal Aid, particularly to attorneys in the Juvenile Rights Practice and the Criminal Defense Practice; liaison with the New York State Family Courts and the New York Immigration Court; participate in Practice-wide management discussions and decision making; assist with the development, funding, implementation and reporting of programs; respond to client, community and staff concerns; and other duties as assigned.
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 (http://www.legal-aid.org/info_form.html) electronically in a single PDF document by 7/31/16 to: Jobs-Civ@legal-aid.org 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.