BIlingual Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

 

NWIRP is a nationally recognized immigration legal services organization with four offices in Washington State. NWIRP’s mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. NWIRP provides direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to over 20,000 people with low incomes from over 170 countries, speaking over 60 different languages. NWIRP challenges unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocates for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants.

Position:
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney, or law graduate who took the July 2019—or will take the Winter 2020—bar examination, to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters. The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing representation and legal assistance on a wide range of immigration cases including matters involving removal proceedings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions and applicable state court custody matters, asylum applications, protections for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes (including U visas), and citizenship applications. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intakes, by phone and in person, and interview clients to gather or clarify information
  • Establish, organize, and maintain files
  • Provide direct representation to persons submitting affirmative applications with USCIS and the Department of State
  • Provide direct representation to persons in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals or before the federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security
  • Provide direct representation to persons in state custody proceedings, as needed
  • Provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance to individuals in a wide range of immigration matters
  • Conduct presentations, workshops, legal clinics and individual consultations in Spanish and English
  • Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements
  • Participate in NWIRP’s outreach, community education and development efforts
  • Perform other tasks as required and directed by supervisory staff


Qualifications:

  • Law degree, or commitment to taking the Winter 2020 bar examination
  • Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (will consider a law graduate planning on taking the next bar examination)
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision, and values
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel
  • The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle as the position involves some travel


Benefits:
Beginning annual salary is $64,201 for a licensed attorney with no experience and is higher for attorneys with specific types of experience. For example, for someone with 10 years of non-profit immigration attorney experience the annual salary would be $87,624; 20 years = $103,889.

How to Apply:
Send cover letter, resume and references to: grangerattorneyposition@nwirp.org with the subject “Staff Attorney Application - NAME”. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by January 31, 2020, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.