Supervising Senior Staff Attorney, Special Projects

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Company Human Rights First Location Los Angeles, CA, United States

Public Interest


85000 to 90000

Min 5 yrs required


Jun 22, 2022

Oct 05, 2022

Jun 07, 2022


Supervising Senior Staff Attorney, Special Projects
The candidate will conduct legal screenings and intake interviews with asylum seekers. Assist in identifying cases appropriate to either place with volunteer pro bono attorneys or Human Rights First staff for direct representation. Ensure that whether Human Rights First provides in-depth mentoring on cases placed with volunteer pro bono teams or direct representation internally, all clients and volunteers with whom we partner receive high-quality legal representation and guidance. Provide pro bono attorneys with prompt and thorough legal and procedural support on our Afghan pro bono cases, including conducting training, strategizing on individual cases, reviewing draft submissions, and informing volunteers of significant legal developments in an asylum, SIV, or other immigration laws impacting the Afghan population in the U.S. Build and maintain strong relationships with law firms and volunteer attorneys and create training and advertising materials for pro bono counsel, as needed. Identify and conduct outreach to new pro bono partners through various traditional and technological platforms, and promote attorney interest in pro bono representation of special projects clients. Identify, analyze, and respond to legal or procedural changes that affect asylum seekers, including statutory changes, proposed regulations, and decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals or federal courts. Contribute to and lead efforts to develop training materials for volunteer attorneys, including the online Pro Bono Attorney Library, and other manuals, memoranda, videos, or other training media and Assist in conducting client outreach, supporting in-person and virtual client information sessions, and maintaining other forms of regular communication with special projects client population. Provide legal advice, mentorship, and guidance to Special Projects team staff, and work with the entire Refugee Representation team to ensure inter-office support and team collaboration. Supervise non-supervisory, union attorneys (senior staff attorney, staff attorney, associate attorney, legal fellow), legal service coordinators, interns, and in-house volunteer attorneys, as needed. Ensure that supervisees have an equitable distribution of work with appropriate caseloads and that staff collectively engage in casework that meets our funding deliverables and advocacy priorities. Assist in recruiting and supervising law school and undergraduate interns. Manage the special projects pro bono list of attorneys and volunteers, lead in placing cases with volunteer attorneys, maintain a list of cases with continuing representation needs and Assist in efforts to secure and maintain funding for the organization and Refugee Representation activities, including tracking and reporting data relevant to funding. Led efforts within the legal coalition of legal service providers serving Afghan nationals in the U.S. for advocacy and coordination, such as organizing coalition calls and attending various stakeholder meetings. Strategize and collaborate with other local service providers on how to best meet the needs of the immigrant population and improve access to legal representation. Assist in furthering local and national advocacy initiatives by meeting with officials at government agencies, and engaging in other advocacy efforts in collaboration with the Refugee Protection team. Promote Human Rights First’s mission by participating in local community events, promotional events, immigration-related conferences or events, and other professional networking events that will increase the organization’s profile in the community; and Other duties as requested based on the team and/or organization’s need. A U.S. law degree (J.D.) and admission to any state bar or the District of Columbia. Must have 5 years of relevant experience, including several years of direct representation of asylum seekers at all levels of the administrative process, with a preference for immigration court experience. Previous Supervisory experience. Experience with or knowledge of the Special Immigrant Visa process, refugee processing, and humanitarian parole, is a plus. Previous supervisory experience. Fluency in a second language, preferably Dari/Farsi or Pashto, is highly desirable. Experience representing Afghan asylum-seekers, or demonstrated commitment to providing culturally competent representation to Afghans. Commitment to working with volunteer lawyers and experience in mentoring other attorneys, especially on immigration law matters. Ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure and meet deadlines, and identify and analyze legal issues. Deep knowledge of U.S. immigration law and policy. Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathetically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds as well as survivors of trauma or torture. Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, particularly in a collegial, team-based approach to work. Adaptability to embrace and navigate new, dynamic projects, and an ability to recognize and maximize opportunities on behalf of the organization. Demonstrated ability to work successfully across organization lines, to work comfortably in a variety of settings, including legal, academic, and advocacy, and to work confidently with government officials and the media. Ability to travel regionally by car or public transportation when possible and ability to travel to other office areas or locations where Human Rights First serves clients, when necessary (travel costs reimbursed). Good judgment and proven ability to provide leadership and support to fellow team members; andor supervisory experience preferred, and a deep commitment to providing training, guidance, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for staff. A commitment to ongoing management and leadership training, both through formal and informal training opportunities.

Min Salary/Max Salary
USD 85000 to 90000 Annually
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Hiring Coordinator
Human Rights First
350 South Grand Ave.,
Suite 2010
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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