The Senior Staff Attorney collaborates with their office’s managing attorney to effectively and productively manage the office’s processes, workload, and resources, including supervising legal services coordinators, fellows, and/or volunteers. At the managing attorney’s direction, the senior staff attorney develops and advances strategies and projects aimed at improving team efficiency, client services, and pro bono representation levels. This position also supervises asylum claims filed at the asylum office, immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts of appeal.
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Ensure that clients represented by Human Rights First receive high-quality legal representation, through careful case management, prompt case placement, and mentorship of their pro bono counsel;
Ensure that volunteer attorneys receive prompt and accurate legal and procedural support on our pro bono asylum cases, including conducting trainings, strategizing on individual cases, reviewing draft submissions, and preparing memoranda informing volunteers of significant legal developments;
Spot, 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;
Build and maintain strong relationships with local law firms and volunteer attorneys;
Work with the managing attorney to select cases appropriate for pro bono representation and, once those cases are selected, assist with placing them with pro bono attorneys;
Depending on the office’s team structure, supervise, mentor, support, and train legal service coordinators, fellows, and/or volunteers so that those professionals continue to develop their skills and expand their professional experiences;
Support the managing attorney in providing guidance and leadership, and promoting efficiency and team morale, in their office;
Help establish and oversee case management and quality control systems for pro bono program cases;
Provide legal guidance to staff attorneys, legal service coordinators, social workers, fellows, interns, and other staff;
Participate in and/or lead trainings, events, and meetings that promote pro bono representation in their metropolitan area;
Oversee, maintain, and develop the online pro bono attorney library, including updating and maintaining probono.net content;
Assist in advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers by attending liaison meetings with relevant government officials;
Lead the Refugee Voices project in coordination with the other senior staff attorney(s) and assist in other efforts to publicly highlight Human Rights First’s pro bono representation work;
Assist in efforts to secure and maintain funding for Refugee Representation activities; and
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
A U.S. law degree (J.D.) and admission to the New York bar (admission to other state bars acceptable) with at least four years of relevant experience, including several years of direct representation of asylum applicants at all levels of the administrative process. Excellent oral and written communication skills; knowledge of United States immigration law and policy; commitment to working with volunteer attorneys. Candidate must possess the ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathetically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, as well as survivors of trauma or torture; manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure and meet deadlines, and to identify and analyze legal issues. He/She must exercise good judgment and provide leadership and support to fellow team-members. Prior supervisory experience preferred; and fluency in one or more relevant second languages, particularly French, Spanish, or Arabic, is highly desirable.
To apply, please visit https://goo.gl/E6FSxy. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Human Rights first is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.