Job Details

Senior Detention Attorney

Company name

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Oct 17,2019

Valid Through

Jan 30,2020

Posted on

Sep 06,2019

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Newark, NJ, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Senior Detention Attorney
The candidate will be responsible for: direct legal representation; mentoring detention attorneys and staff; and participation in statewide and nationwide detention-related advocacy activities. Provide in-depth individual consultations and representation to indigent, unrepresented immigrant detainees before the Elizabeth and Newark Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals. Provide support and mentorship to company Detention Attorneys and Legal Assistants on substantive legal issues. Manage caseload and maintain client files in good order, including photocopying applications, letters, supporting documentation, and follow up work. Maintain client and case information in Law Logix. Participate in meetings with Department of Homeland Security representatives, jail staff and service providers on detention issues. Monitor conditions and access at the detention center and jails for use in reports and advocacy activities. Compile quarterly narrative and statistical reports regarding case consultation and case representation. Assist in the documentation of FRINJ’’s experiences and in the preparation of company quarterly reports and reports to funding sources. Conduct presentations on immigration and detention issues to the general public. Respond to the media to publicize detention practices and policies and the impact of detention on immigrants and their families. Participate in company staff meetings and case reviews.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have admission to a state Bar. Should have 3 years’ experience with immigration law and procedures preferred, especially detained removal defense. Must have excellent legal skills and understanding of movement lawyering principles. Bilingual English/Spanish or English/French highly desirable. Must have strong written and oral communication skills including public speaking. Must have ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, the public and donors. Should have familiarity with software applications in a Windows environment, including Microsoft Word and Law Logix. Must have understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of firm in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
972 Broad Street
6th floor
Newark, NJ 07102

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