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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileLead Attorney Responsibilities: Works with local staff and organizational partners to run the operations of the project. Manages local staff. Based on case selection criteria, thoroughly screens pro bono attorneys’ intakes for defenses against deportation, bond and parole eligibility, and other potential legal claims and advocacy. Assists in the development, in collaboration with pro bono attorneys, the legal team, and others as necessary, the optimal pathway to victory for 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 address issues that arise. Oversees volunteer management and assesses volunteer skill each week to ensure best possible volunteer experience. Communicates regularly with organizational leadership. In conjunction with 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. Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (conversational, speaking and writing). 3+ years of experience practicing before immigration courts preferred. Dedication to and experience working with low-income, immigrant clients. Experience managing and directing staff. Experience working within volunteer-based projects, preferred.
Duration: 1 year, with the possibility of an extension
Req. No. 2017-1154
The Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104