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Senior Staff Attorney The candidate provides direct representation to detained or locally released immigrant children as required or permitted by current funding contract(s). Accountable for facilitating pro bono representation of detained unaccompanied child respondents in immigration removal proceedings, including by providing direct representation as required or permitted by current funding contract(s). Serves as mentor and leader to staff attorneys, legal interns, and volunteers, including by maintaining current materials and trainings on legal services. Reviews legal screenings conducted by shelter services departments and reviews and assigns follow-up services, including additional interviewing, referrals to other legal services providers and child advocates, or in- house representation. Regularly appears in immigration court to represent child clients in removal proceedings and to act as Friend of Court for other detained youth as appropriate. Assists in the training and retention of pro bono attorneys and other legal volunteers. Assists with tracking and developing legal training needs for legal and shelter services department staff. Accesses, processes, and ensures the confidentiality and control of client information. Monitors case activities and maintains the data integrity of case management systems. Performs other related duties as required. Possession of a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school is needed. Licensed to practice law in a U.S. state or territory or Accreditation, as required in order to appear as representative before immigration court is essential. Should have 1 year experience in representing clients before various venues on immigration matters. Fluency in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms are needed. Licensed to practice law and member in good standing of State Bar of Texas are preferred. Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention are preferred. Prior work experience with children, particularly from Central America and including Mayan language-speaking populations are preferred. Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving field work or work in remote locations are preferred.
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