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SIFI Lead Attorney (Stewart) Duties: Manages weekly pro-bono attorneys and a full-time staff comprised of one direct services attorney and one project coordinator in order to provide the highest quality legal representation to individuals detained in the Stewart Detention Center. Coordinates the legal strategies for SIFI clients and is primarily responsible for devising (in collaboration with the SIFI team) the optimal pathway for victory in each SIFI case. Identifying eligibility for any defense against removal, eligibility for release through bond, parole, habeas or other lawful mechanisms, and potential litigation and other advocacy involving issues such as law enforcement misconduct during enforcement actions and conditions of confinement. Both directly and through volunteer attorneys, provides legal advice and representation to SIFI clients in accordance with the best practices and rules of conduct of the profession, provides on-the-ground/local guidance to the advocacy team for litigation efforts, and participates in regular program management and government liaison meetings. Works with local staff and SIFI organizational partners to run the operations of the project. Manages SIFI local staff. Based on SIFI case selection criteria, thoroughly screens pro bono attorneys’ intakes for defenses against deportation, bond and parole eligibility, and other potential legal claims and advocacy. Oversees development of release strategies for bond, parole, and habeas-eligible clients. Engages in quality control for bond and parole submissions, including reviewing and editing documents. Assists in the development, in collaboration with pro bono attorneys, the SIFI legal team, and others as necessary, the optimal pathway to victory for SIFI clients. Helps develop legal strategies to address facility- and immigration court-centered issues such as access to courts and counsel, due process violations, and prolonged detention. Helps develop factual record, refer cases and clients, and provide on the ground support to remote teams in litigation involving issues such as Fourth Amendment violations and other law enforcement misconduct, access to courts and counsel, conditions of confinement, and prolonged detention. Liaises with government officials to raise issues that arise. Oversees volunteer management and assesses volunteer skill each week to ensure best possible volunteer experience. Communicates regularly with SIFI organizational leadership. On conjunction with SIFI leadership, ensures that all staff and volunteers meet the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. Collaborate deeply with Phase 3 staff, pro bono attorneys and related partners in order to maximize the success of Phase 3 merits cases. Other functions necessary to ensure successful completion of the project.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree from accredited university. Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia. 3+ years of experience practicing before immigration courts preferred. Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (conversational, speaking and writing). Dedication to and experience working with low-income, immigrant clients. Experience managing and directing staff. Experience working within volunteer-based projects preferred. Commitment to working long hours. Willingness and availability to live and work for 1 year.
Req No. 2017-1149. Send cover letter, resume, references, and legal writing sample.
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