The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an experienced Staff Attorney or highly experienced Project Director to work on immigration matters and other general civil legal issues for D.C.’s immigrant communities. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The bulk of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law, although we also work on immigration law matters and help individuals with the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system. From our work with clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and impact litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website, www.LegalAidDC.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.
Tasks and Duties
The Immigrants’ Rights Project attorney will handle a caseload of immigration law matters (U visas, T visas, VAWA and asylum petitions, SIJS cases, and perhaps other matters) and provide advice and representation to members of D.C.’s immigrant communities across a wide range of legal services. The attorney will help to promote family stability through litigation or negotiation of agreements regarding custody and support of children for immigrant parents, as well as handling housing, consumer, and public benefits matters as appropriate. In addition, the attorney will engage in community organizing and education, conduct interviews of prospective clients, and work on systemic advocacy efforts related to the protection of immigrants’ rights. Legal Aid’s immigration attorney will be based in Legal Aid’s central office in NW D.C.
A more experienced Project Director would manage Legal Aid’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, including grant writing, reporting, conducting intake at our community-based office at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, coalition building, and leading local and federal advocacy efforts, while handling an individual caseload, providing management assistance, supervising general intake, and helping to shape the direction of Legal Aid’s Immigration Project.
A Staff Attorney would handle a caseload of immigration cases, conduct intake at Carlos Rosario, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts. He/she will be based out of Legal Aid’s main NW office but will also help staff general intake at its community offices in addition to Carlos Rosario.
The ideal Staff Attorney candidate will have the following:
A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in immigration law and/or serving the legal needs of immigrant communities required;
The ideal Project Director candidate will meet all of the requirements for the Staff Attorney position and also have significant experience in immigration law, preferably in the context of a legal services practice environment, and prior management or supervisory experience.
Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.
Salary and Benefits
The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.
Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve.
Please clearly indicate on your cover letter whether you would like to be considered for the Staff Attorney or Project Director position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.