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Organization TypePublic Interest
Date Last Verified
Years of Experience
ProfileSIFI Lead Attorney The candidate manages weekly pro-bono attorneys and a full-time staff comprised of three Direct Services Attorneys and two project Coordinators to provide the highest quality legal representation to individuals detained in the LaSalle ICE Processing Center (“LaSalle”) in Jena, LA and the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center (“Pine Prairie”). Coordinates the legal strategies for SIFI clients and is primarily responsible for devising (in collaboration with the SIFI team) the optimal pathway for victory in each SIFI case. This includes identifying eligibility for any defense against removal, eligibility for release through bond, parole, habeas or other lawful mechanisms, and potential litigation and other advocacy involving issues such as law enforcement misconduct during enforcement actions and conditions of confinement. Both directly and through volunteer attorneys, the SIFI Lead Attorney provides legal advice and representation to SIFI clients in accordance with the best practices and rules of conduct of the profession, provides on-the-ground/local guidance to attorneys at SPLC Legal Department practice groups for litigation and other advocacy efforts, and participates in program management and government liaison meetings. Works with local staff and SIFI organizational partners to run the operations of the project in Alexandria, LA; Manages SIFI local staff. Based on SIFI case selection criteria, thoroughly screens pro bono attorneys’ intakes for defenses against deportation, bond and parole eligibility, and other potential legal claims and advocacy. Oversees development of release strategies for bond, parole, and habeas-eligible clients. Engages in quality control for bond and parole submissions, including reviewing and editing documents. Assists in the development, in collaboration with pro bono attorneys, the SIFI legal team, and others as necessary, the optimal pathway to victory for SIFI 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 raise issues that arise. Handles some merits cases in addition to release cases. Oversees volunteer management and assesses volunteer skill each week to ensure best possible volunteer experience. Communicates regularly with SIFI organizational leadership. In conjunction with SIFI leadership, ensures that all staff and volunteers meet the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. Collaborates deeply with offsite SIFI attorneys, pro bono attorneys, and related partners to maximize the success of merits cases; and Other functions necessary to ensure successful completion of the project.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have Juris Doctorate degre from an accredited university; Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia; 3+ years of experience practicing before immigration courts. Must have experience managing and directing staff. Sufficient proficiency in written and spoken Spanish to understand and communicate accurately with Spanish-speaking clients is essential. While Spanish proficiency is required, proficiency in Creole/French/Arabic/Hindi/Urdu and other languages is strengthen the application. Experience working within volunteer-based projects is preferred.
Note: This job is 1- year, with the possibility of an extension.
Req No. 2018-1250
The Southern Poverty Law Center
1989 College Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30317