Training & Legal Support Attorney

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Training & Legal Support Attorney

Date Posted:

May 11, 2022

We Are

The American Immigration Council (the "Council") works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. 

We are seeking talent to join our team!

The Immigration Justice Campaign is a collaboration between the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The Campaign is a broad-based project to activate a community of lawyers (and other volunteers with supporting skills) to defend noncitizens facing detention and removal and to advocate for due process and justice for noncitizens targeted for immigration enforcement. The Campaign matches volunteers to noncitizens seeking release through parole and/or bond as well as representation in Immigration Court, the Asylum Office, and before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Circuit Courts.

The Campaign has a range of partnerships and projects around the country, including those that serve individuals detained by ICE in Texas, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Georgia and throughout the southeast; resettled Afghans seeking asylum; families subjected to accelerated immigration court dockets; and individuals who had previously been subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). 

Your Role

The American Immigration Council seeks a highly motivated, impact-driven, flexible individual for its Immigration Justice Campaign. This individual will continue the significant momentum and growth the Campaign it has achieved over the past few years and shepherd a large and diverse team forward into the next phase of the Campaign’s development. 

The Training & Legal Support Attorney will be a national resource for attorneys engaged in pro bono immigration representation with a focus on affirmative and defensive asylum.

The Attorney will provide mentorship to pro bono attorneys and help the Campaign continue to refine and expand its innovative mentorship models. The Attorney will field inquiries not only on practice and procedure, but also on substantive relief and release strategies. The Attorney will also assist in the preparation of innovative education and training materials under the direction of the Senior Managing Attorney, to best support attorneys providing pro bono legal services at scale (especially for remote representation). The Attorney will play a key role in ensuring that Campaign volunteers and our local partners have the necessary training materials and mentorship to succeed in their cases and to disrupt the deportation machinery. The Attorney will also ensure that the training page of Campaign’s website is up-to-date and remains a leading innovative resource for practitioners in the field who are new to immigration practice.

As with all positions at the Council, this position requires commitment to the Council’s mission and the organization’s culture of philanthropy.

Essential Job Functions 

  • Provides individual and group mentorship to Campaign volunteers providing pro bono representation in bond, parole and both affirmative and defensive asylum cases. 
  • Develops innovative training materials including practice guides, templates, and webinars for the Campaign network on bond, parole, asylum, removal defense and other relevant topics, under the direction of the Senior Managing Attorney
  • Plays a lead role in reviewing the Campaign’s training webpages to ensure that they are up to date and provide volunteers with the guidance they need to succeed on their cases, under the direction of the Senior Managing Attorney.
  • Helps develop new partnerships with legal service organizations and new types of volunteer opportunities for Campaign volunteers. 
Requirements

Juris Doctor as well as 3+ years relevant immigration law experience, including affirmative and defensive asylum. Experience in bond and parole, as well as experience mentoring, and training pro bono volunteers strongly preferred.

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Our Workplace

We offer an extremely generous total compensation package (salary and benefits).  Benefits include – medical, dental, vision, 401k with employer match, monthly transit subsidy, flexible work schedules, 3+ weeks’ vacation, 11 Federal holidays and, many more exciting benefit programs.

 Your Colleagues

  • Dedicated, dynamic, collaborative, and compassionate.
  • A community of individuals passionate about their work.
     

For considerationqualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample of no more than 15 pages and salary requirement. Cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills, and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.  

NOTE: Applications without writing samples, and cover letters which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered.

Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax, or phone).

The American Immigration Council ("Council") is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination.

The Council believes that diversity is a strength. The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful, and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its staff and board is given the opportunity to thrive.

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