Location: San Francisco, CA, San Joaquin Valley, CA, Washington, D.C., or Texas
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney focused on combatting immigration enforcement based in San Francisco, the San Joaquin Valley of California, Washington D.C., or Texas. This is an exempt position that reports to the Supervising Attorney.
The ILRC is a national nonprofit legal support center headquartered in San Francisco with staff in Washington, D.C., San Antonio, TX, and the San Joaquin Valley of California. The mission of the ILRC is to work with, educate, and enhance the capacity of immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector, in order to build a democratic society that values diversity, dignity, and the rights of all people. Founded in 1979, the ILRC is regarded as one of the foremost experts on engaging immigrants and developing their leadership in the democratic process, providing expertise on complex issues of immigration law, procedure and policy, and engaging in advocacy and educational initiatives on policies that affect immigrants. We are a team-based organization that makes most of its decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input.
The Staff Attorney – Enforcement will further the ILRC’s technical support and capacity-building work on behalf of immigrants and the practitioners who defend their rights. In addition to the general Staff Attorney duties, this position will focus on issues related to combatting immigration enforcement.
Job Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney – Enforcement will be responsible for contributing to several concurrent programs including:
Specific immigration enforcement projects that might include: - Drafting and reviewing legislative language for pro-immigrant state and local laws. - Providing legal advice and trainings on immigration enforcement and how to build local policies protecting immigrant rights. - Helping communities understand and combat immigration detention, 287(g) agreements, ICE detainers, and other enforcement mechanisms. - Working with coalitions on campaigns against jail expansions, the school-to-deportation pipeline, surveillance of immigrant communities, and other emerging issues. - Strategizing on stories and media opportunities to drive local and national campaigns for immigrant rights.
Other projects that could include: - Responding to legal technical requests from public defenders, private practice attorneys, nonprofit agency staff, and pro bono attorneys who work with low-income immigrants on issues relating to immigration enforcement, family-based immigration, removal and deportation defense, VAWA, asylum, SIJS, naturalization and citizenship, and other immigration law issues. - Writing manuals, practitioner advisories, and outreach and educational materials for attorneys, paralegals, community organizers, members of the immigrant community, and others. - Preparing and leading webinars and in-person seminars on a variety of topics in immigration law. - Working with networks of other immigrant rights organizations and/or organizing with and presenting to groups on immigration law, policy, and immigrant rights issues. - Engaging in policy and advocacy work on immigration law issues. - Writing grant proposals and reports to foundations and corporations, and representing the ILRC in meetings with funders and supporters. - Traveling for trainings, funder visits, and other events throughout the United States. - Helping immigrants lead and participate in civic engagement projects.
Salary/Benefits: Pay is very competitive for the field and commensurate with experience according to the ILRC salary scale for Staff Attorneys. The ILRC provides competitive salaries, excellent benefits including professional membership dues, health/dental/vision insurance for employees and their children, a flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility. A generous relocation benefit is available to qualified new hires.
Applications: This position will remain open until it is filled and is currently available. We will consider applications on an ongoing basis beginning immediately. To ensure consideration of your application, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, your salary requirements, a current resume, a writing sample that demonstrates immigration law knowledge, and the contact information for three professional references.
Online applications are preferred. As an alternative, you can mail your application to:
Staff Attorney – Enforcement Hiring Committee
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
1458 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
No phone calls please.
The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.
Qualifications: The successful applicant is required to have:
A minimum of five years of experience representing clients in the practice of general immigration law before the BIA and the EOIR, especially in regard to more complicated family-based and removal cases.
Broad knowledge of deportation defense law, including the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability; the intersection of criminal and immigration law; and the rules governing BIA and judicial review.
Excellent writing, editing, legal analysis, and oral presentation skills.
Exceptional time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
A strong work ethic, including the following qualities: organized, flexible, reliable, and dependable, with the ability to be an independent worker, and able to handle several projects simultaneously while thriving in a team-based collaborative decision-making environment.
A willingness to travel throughout the United States.
A current Bar membership in good standing for any state in the United States or the District of Columbia.
Deep experience understanding and monitoring immigration enforcement agencies, practices, procedures, and policy issues.
At least one to three years of experience working closely with community organizers and non-lawyers on organizing campaigns.
Experience in policy work related to immigration enforcement, criminal justice, incarceration/detention, or other local or state laws and policies.
It is a plus if the applicant has additional experience including:
Deep familiarity with the immigration and/or criminal justice systems.
More than seven years of experience representing low-income clients in the practice of general immigration law, especially family-based and removal cases, including experience representing clients before the BIA and the EOIR.
Criminal defense experience.
Writing and securing grants from foundations and corporations.
Technical writing whether for immigration or other purposes.
Training, teaching, or other public speaking experience.
Working in, leading, or forming coalitions.
Collaborating with immigrant communities.
Coordinating civic engagement projects or working as a community organizer.
Second language proficiency, preferably Spanish, within the range of conversational to fluent.
Business marketing and/or public relations experience utilizing both traditional and social media communication, such as: preparation of media materials and website content; outreach to and interaction with media outlets; writing and sending press releases; preparing interview talking points; writing blog posts, articles, or letters to the editor.
Broad knowledge of family-based immigration law.
Experience in journalism, media, or messaging and communications work on immigration enforcement and/or criminal justice issues.
Established relationships with allied organizations in California and nationally.
Federal litigation experience, especially related to police accountability actions, habeas corpus, or other civil rights cases.
Expertise in legal and policy issues related to prisoner rights, policing, law enforcement authority, and criminal procedure.
About Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The increasingly complex legal and social challenges faced by immigrants in the 1970s created a growing need for expert assistance and training in immigration law and policy. Bill Ong Hing, a well-known immigrant rights attorney, recognized this need and founded the Golden Gate Immigration Clinic in 1979, which later became the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). The ILRC seeks to improve immigration law and policy, expand the capacity of legal service providers, and advance immigrant rights.
The ILRC trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country. We inform the media, elected officials, and public to shape effective and just immigration policy and law. Our staff works with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote civic engagement and social change.