Managing Attorney - Children's Program
Duties: Supervise the team’s Staff Attorneys, Senior Attorneys, and Managing Legal Assistants. This includes overseeing and being responsible for the quality of services provided before the courts, conducting case reviews with supervised staff as needed, and providing training, mentorship, and support to the legal staff.? The Managing Attorney will work closely with the Program Manager in updating the Program Manager on supervision and oversight.? Provide direct representation to clients with the opportunity to hand-select a case load with a focus on cases posing challenging issues or appeals of particular importance. Direct representation may also include second chairing supervised attorneys in a wide variety of deportation defense cases. The Managing Attorney’s case load may range depending on workflow. Oversee case review meetings with legal staff and interns, hire new staff, coordinate orientation for new hires, and plan trainings for legal staff. Participate in program development with the Program Manager, Legal Director, Deputy Director, and the Executive Director, including participating in annual strategic planning retreats with Board and staff. Lead the implementation of any changes to the scope of direct representation legal services provided or the model for delivering those services. Supervise and maintain accurate and timely data and reports that reflect the work. Oversee collection of data by the legal staff for various grant funded positions, complete quarterly reporting for funders, and participate in network calls, meetings, and trainings. Attract, retain, lead, coach and develop an effective, diverse team of Staff Attorneys, Managing Legal Assistants, Legal Assistants, Interns, and special project legal fellows, and provide a collegial, calm, and collaborative work environment that is client-centered and ego free. Develop, monitor, and evaluate staff goals, caseloads, and work plans. Coach, train, mentor, and support the legal staff to ensure they have the necessary tools and resources needed to optimize performance and achieve established program goals and that effective communication exists among the staff and the team, including establishing and maintaining regular team meetings. Responsible for working in collaboration with the Children’s Program Manager regarding hiring, orientation, employee relations, performance management and evaluation of staff. Oversee criteria and procedures for accepting, opening, managing and closing case files; formulate legal strategies for cases and designate protocols for the allocation of limited resources. Develop and implement quality assurance protocols; ensure quality of services provided to all stakeholders. Work with Senior Managing Attorney and other Managing Attorneys, Executive Director and administrative staff to ensure that FIRRP’s legal practice is in compliance and good standing with all relevant bodies and agencies. Support Florence Project outreach and development activities as needed. Provide direct representation to unaccompanied minors including challenging casework, appeals, mental health casework, and second chairing cases with new attorneys. Oversee attorney meetings, weekly joint case review, and intake review meetings with legal staff, and plan legal trainings as needed. Well-versed, and remain current in immigration law, and on implications of criminal and civil law as it applies to the representation of immigrants and refugees. Establish and implement policies and procedures. Ensure all staff complies with required ethical standards, preserve client confidentiality, and avoid conflicts of interest. As needed, provide “Know Your Rights” presentations, intakes, and follow up support to unaccompanied minors. Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with local and national community partners, including but not limited to private immigration attorneys, public officials, law enforcement officials, and other nonprofits that provide services to the immigrant population. Develop and maintain professional relationships with the Immigration Court (EOIR) and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), government and social service organizations, and community organizations. Attend occasional meetings with EOIR, ICE officials, and/or CCA officials to discuss ongoing issues. Communicate with the Senior Managing Attorney and Advocacy program about possible advocacy initiatives and legal trainings for the community. Support Florence Project outreach and development activities as needed. Participate in organizational fundraising and outreach efforts as requested. Participate in developing and implementing special projects or presentations. Other administrative duties as necessary.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree and admission to any state Bar required. Arizona Bar is strongly preferred. 2+ years’ experience providing direct representation to immigrants in removal proceedings or other relevant experience required. Other relevant experience as a lawyer could be considered. Experience supervising staff or interns and demonstrated ability to inspire confidence in others and play a supportive role. Be a proactive and engaged supervisor without micromanaging and be a clear and thoughtful decision maker.?? In lieu of supervisory experience, leadership potential and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as ability to learn and execute a variety of job requirements with the capacity to be trained to be an effective manager may be considered. Demonstrate commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way. Demonstrate a zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission. Must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions. Strong litigation experience and/or oral advocacy skills. Strong legal research. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse populations. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Highly organized, an innovative thinker, and work in high-volume settings with limited resources. Excellent problem solving, research and analytical skills. Effectively manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. Demonstrate to be a hardworking, flexible, respectful team player that can work effectively in a collaborative, innovative, and client centered work environment. Ability to work independently, be adaptable and reliable in the face of conflict, pressure, crisis or changing priorities. Exhibit high ethical standards and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Must be able to pass federal and state background checks. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish required.
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project.
2901 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012