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Organization TypePublic Interest
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Legal Director Responsibilities: Lead staff in developing, refining, and implementing Immigration Equalityâ€™s strategic plan, insofar as it applies to the Legal Department. Analyze current and proposed policies so as to advocate for systemic change, or to support the Executive Director in so doing. Spearhead the organizationâ€™s impact litigation. Review all direct or amici appellate cases, including those before the BIA, the federal circuit courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Set criteria and evaluate processes for the identification and intake of legal services cases suitable for representation by in-house or pro bono legal teams. Manage a case load of approximately 650 matters. Supervise and mentor in-house attorneys, paralegals, and legal fellows representing clients at all stages of the administrative or judicial process. Ensure, directly or indirectly, that in-house and pro bono attorneysâ€™ questions receive timely and appropriate responses and that their work product is suitably vetted. Maintain Immigration Equalityâ€™s National Hotline, through which the organization fields questions regarding the application of immigration law and policy to LGBTQ and HIV-positive persons. Sustain Immigration Equalityâ€™s role in developing and delivering legal training programs, including CLE programs and government trainings. Assist the Development and Public Affairs teams in fundraising and public relations efforts by providing them with regular updates about the work of the Legal Department. Ensure appropriate data collection for donor reporting and grant management, preparing for and participating in audits of contracts and grants where required. Participate actively as a member of Immigration Equalityâ€™s executive management team, meeting regularly with other Directors to ensure the smooth execution of organization-wide projects and the responsible stewardship of organizational resources. Stay informed about, and report periodically to the Board of Directors on legal and policy developments in order to ensure that work and messaging are responsive to current trends.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree and license to practice law in any state or district of the U.S. 7+ years of relevant experience as a practicing federal litigator or immigration attorney; preferably some of both. 3+ years of managerial experience. Familiarity with relevant legal standards and processes including asylum, removal defense, family-based immigration, detention advocacy, and federal appeals. Experience in navigating the complex intersection between immigration and criminal law. Excellent writing and strong public speaking skills. Proven experience leading, motivating, and inspiring others. Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber. Remarkable attention to detail. Ability to work some evenings and weekends. Ability to travel as needed. . Desired Competencies. Demonstrated commitment to, and experience working with, the LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrant community. Experience and interest in work supporting community organizing, campaigns, and policy and advocacy initiatives.
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