Civil Practice Supervising Attorney - Immigrant Opportunities Initiative, The Legal Aid Society


The Unit is a recognized leader in the delivery of high quality legal services to immigrants in New York City and surrounding counties. The IOI program provides low-income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services ranging from removal defense to asylum to affirmative applications before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and in family court proceedings on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) motions. The Unit specializes in the intersection between immigration and criminal law and works collaboratively with all Practice areas to serve the Society's diverse immigrant clients through a comprehensive service model.

Position:
The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking a Supervising Attorney to join the citywide Immigration Law Unit to assist in coordinating and supervising the Unit's Immigrant Opportunity Initiatives (IOI) Program, which handles both affirmative and defensive immigration matters. The Supervising Attorney will be involved in day-to-day operations and will work closely with the Attorney- in-Charge, the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge, and other Supervising Attorneys to train, supervise, and mentor staff. The Supervising Attorney will participate in Practice-wide management discussions and decision-making.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the direct supervision and mentoring of staff attorneys, paralegals, and volunteers who work predominantly with non-detained immigrants in removal proceedings, including but not limited to immigrants with criminal convictions, asylum seekers, adults with children, and unaccompanied minors, as well as with affirmative immigration benefits applications before USCIS
  • Assist in monitoring and maintaining a high standard of representation and client service
  • Maintain a reasonable caseload
  • Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy, and supervise implementation of legal strategies
  • Foster and encourage teamwork and communication
  • Train and mentor staff members
  • Provide oversight to a weekly detention hotline staffed by volunteer attorneys
  • Assist with the development, funding, implementation, and reporting of programs
  • Respond to client, community and staff concerns
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the New York State Bar
  • Minimum of five years of immigration legal practice preferred
  • Comprehensive knowledge of immigration law (including but not limited to criminal-immigration law and asylum law)
  • Extensive experience litigating cases in immigration court and before the BIA
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience in public interest law and civil legal services
  • Experience supervising and mentoring others
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to policy advocacy and administrative reform
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Commitment to working in and valuing collaborative team models
  • Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit your materials here.