Clinical Law Staff Attorney for Immigration Clinic-(1700016Q)
The Immigration Clinic at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is seeking a Staff Attorney (payroll title - Research Assistant) to assist with the Clinic's work. The position offers a unique opportunity to work with law students, to help expand the reach of the Immigration Clinic, and to help build durable, statewide legal services infrastructure for immigrants.
Background: In this clinic, students represent low- and moderate-income immigrants in matters relating to immigration status. Students represent individuals fleeing persecution, those facing deportation because of criminal convictions, and those who have been the targets of abusive enforcement practices. They may advocate before the Department of Homeland Security, the Baltimore Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals or in the federal courts. Clients may, in some cases, be detained by DHS. In addition, students work on the clinic's Access to Justice projects, which include assisting with bi-monthly pro bono consultations with people in removal proceedings, advising public defenders about immigration consequences for their clients, and other projects. Clinic faculty supervise all work. Students will build professional and collaboration skills in a litigation setting; learn immigration law in the context of practice; explore issues of professional responsibility in client representation and the role of the attorney in providing access to the justice system; and look at wider issues of US immigration policy. Law School Associate Professor Maureen Sweeney has led the Immigration Clinic since 2004.
The Staff Attorney will work in close collaboration with Professor Sweeney as a staff attorney for the practice component of the course. S/he will take the lead on developing a statewide immigrant defense fund in Maryland and in developing a new project for pro bono bond representation in the Baltimore Immigration Court. The ideal candidate will have an interest in the development and sustainability of legal services infrastructure for immigration issues, and an interest in teaching and mentoring law students. This is a full-time, 12-month academic appointment that is grant funded for two years at our downtown Baltimore law school, with the possibility of some regular days of telecommuting.
With the clinic faculty member, have shared responsibility for the Clinic's efforts to develop a statewide immigrant defense fund in Maryland, which would help raise, manage and coordinate funds to support representation for individuals detained by ICE in the state. The Staff Attorney will have primary responsibility for much of the research, coordination, coalition building and logistics of this effort. It is anticipated that much of this work will include developing collaborations with existing funds and organizations in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties (such as the National Capital Region Resilience Fund), in Baltimore (such as the Safe City Baltimore fund) and in other parts of the state. The goal is to develop resources to build collaboration between existing local funds and ensure statewide coverage for detained individuals from anywhere in Maryland.
Primary responsibility for developing a new project for pro bono bond representation in the Baltimore Immigration Court, as part of the development of the statewide defense initiative. This will include supervising Maryland Carey law student-attorneys in representing detained individuals seeking bond redetermination.
Assisting in the teaching of the Immigration Clinic, including both classroom seminar teaching and case supervision, as time permits given other duties.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred :
Experience with immigration law and interest in teaching and mentoring law students.
Experience fundraising, grant writing, or in fund management.
Experience community organizing or coalition building.
Knowledge of the local (DC/MD) immigration legal services provider community.
Knowledge of local and national foundations and funders of legal services.
Proficiency in Spanish.
Excellent coordination and organizational skills, and meticulous attention to detail.
Ability to work independently and supervise and coordinate the work of others.
Excellent oral communication skills.
Excellent research and writing skills.
J.D. Must be admitted to practice law in Maryland or another United States jurisdiction and be in good standing.
At least 2 years practice experience in immigration law.
Interest in development and sustainability of legal services infrastructure.
Salary: $65,000 plus benefits. This is a two year grant-funded position. To
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*Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume , contact information for three professional references and a writing sample The deadline for applications is July 28, 2017.
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