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Supervising Immigration Staff Attorney

The south is experiencing a critical moment: there is not enough legal representation in immigration proceedings. The Atlanta Immigration Court’s denial rates are amongst the highest in the country. These immigration proceedings determine whether an immigrant may remain in the United States or if they are forced to return to a country in which they may be unsafe or not consider home. Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Atlanta is seeking a Supervising Immigration Staff Attorney to manage the provision of immigration legal services to both detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings. This opportunity is geared towards an attorney with at least three years of experience practicing before immigration courts.

Mission Statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Atlanta’s mission is to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy advocacy, legal services, civic engagement, and leadership development. Our vision is a social movement where individuals are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity and fair treatment for all.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties of Supervising Immigration Staff Attorney:

• Supervise the legal work of staff attorneys and legal representatives in support of both detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings before the Atlanta Immigration Court;
• Independently manage a caseload of removal defense cases, including bond and parole proceedings, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visas, VAWA, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status with applicable waivers, motions to reopen, and appeals;
• Conduct immigration consultations and provide pro se legal advice;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet with detainees;
• Provide topic-specific trainings in immigration law and practice for legal staff;
• Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including Know-Your- Rights workshops and citizenship clinics;
• Develop relationships with stakeholders and community partners;
• Contribute to grant reports, as needed.

Qualifications:

• J.D. from an accredited university;
• Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• At least three years of experience practicing before immigration courts;
• A sincere desire to advocate for social change in immigrant communities through legal services and in a community setting;
• Prior experience training staff and supervising casework;
• Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, and writing skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as well as with community members;
• Flexibility to attend evening and weekend events and meetings, as needed;
• Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu/Hindi, Arabic) is preferred.

Selection will be based on a variety of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, experience as an attorney representing immigrants before federal immigration agencies, knowledge of immigration law, and whether the applicant has a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and community lawyering.

Salary:

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a legal writing sample (5-10 pages) to Palmer Lawrence at plawrence@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.