Job Announcement: Temporary Immigration Attorney (January through June, 2019)Friday, December 21, 2018
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking an experienced Staff Attorney on a temporary full-time basis to represent immigrants with a wide variety of immigration matters. The ideal candidate is an excellent advocate with strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills who works well in a fast-paced collaborative environment, has experience providing immigration services to low-income people, and is committed to furthering the mission for social justice.
EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and the community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School, committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy and building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With over 70 staff, 150 law students, and an $8 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal advocacy in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients yearly and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.
The Immigration practice provides a full range of legal and social work services to low-income immigrants with a focus on the most vulnerable populations—people with disabilities and chronic illness, members of the LGBTQ community, youth, and existing EBCLC clients with other legal issues. Attorneys and advocates counsel and represent individuals in matters including adjustment of status, deportation defense, DACA, immigration effects of criminal convictions, naturalization, asylum, public benefits eligibility, waivers, T visas, and U visas. The practice represents clients before the asylum office, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration Court, and on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
- Represent low-income immigrants on wide variety of immigration matters before the Immigration Court, USCIS, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, including deportation defense, political asylum, U visas, VAWA, SIJS, adjustment of status, consular processing, waivers, immigration effects of criminal convictions, legal issues for detainees, and naturalization
- Work on a holistic-oriented legal team providing direct representation, screening, to the low-income community in the East Bay and students at UC Berkeley
- Work collaboratively with our social work team and other attorneys at EBCLC to provide holistic wrap-around services addressing the root issues of poverty
- Conduct outreach, workshops, and presentations in the community
- Participate in collaborative partnerships with other community and legal services organizations providing similar services
- Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting
- Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor
- J.D. required, member of the California State Bar in good standing
- Minimum one (1) year experience providing immigration legal services
- Ability to manage a demanding case-load; excellent time-management, priority-setting, and organizational skills
- Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
- Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, homeless people, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty
- Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
- Experience with, or strong interest in, law student supervision and training
- Bilingual in a second language preferred
Salary and Benefits
Starting salary for this exempt position is $60,000 – $90,000 based on number of years of prior legal experience, as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale.
Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays).
Professional development support includes membership in the relevant local, statewide and/or national associations, attendance at relevant conferences, as determined by EBCLC’s professional development policy and budget.
Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (include “Temporary Immigration Attorney” in the subject line) no later than Friday, February 1, 2019. EBCLC will review applications on a rolling basis and may schedule interviews before the closing date. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references.
EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal service and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position. Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace that acknowledges and values differences.
Please address in your cover letter how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.
We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system, or any other basis prohibited by law.