Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Staff Attorney - Immigration

Position Summary:  

Reporting to the Immigration Project Director, the Staff Attorney works directly on complex immigration cases, with a current emphasis on immigration cases dealing with victims of crimes (U, VAWA, T visas), and removal defense cases, provides technical support and capacity building to other nonprofit organizations on immigration, and staffs evening and weekend workshops. Primary duties assigned to the staff attorney include, but are not limited to, providing direct application assistance in immigration cases, providing legal representation for diverse clients with complex immigration cases before USCIS and Immigration Court, and conducting immigration trainings for other CBOs and partner agencies. This position does not have any direct reports.

Responsibilities and Duties:
 
Provide direct application assistance in complex immigration cases
  • Undertake administrative and logistical duties related to direct
  • application assistance;
  • Conduct legal review of immigration cases;
  • Provide legal representation for diverse clients with complex
  • immigration cases before USCIS and Immigration Court;
  • Maintain an active caseload to meet project deliverables
Technical Assistance and Support
  • Organize and implement various immigration trainings;
  • Work with intake staff to provide immigration consultations,
  • reviewing and approving appointments; answering immigration
  • related questions and documents;
  • Provide technical assistance and/or coordination support of
  • workshops and clinics
  • All other duties as assigned 
Qualifications:
Education and Experience: 
  • Juris Doctor graduate with excellent credentials
  • Active member in a State Bar
  • Minimum of two years immigration law experience, with particular experience working with victims of crimes.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • Experience assisting immigrant, limited English speaking and/or low-income clients
  • Experience appearing in immigration court preferred
  • Experience or familiarity with AANHPI community preferred
  • Excellent legal writing, speaking, and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients
  • Bilingual fluency in an AANHPI language strongly preferred
  • Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Availability and willingness to regularly travel within the county and state
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Access to reliable means of transportation required
Compensation: Depending on experience. Parking provided.
 
Application Process: Apply Here  
Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.  
 
Agency Description: 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice-LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice–LA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation. 

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Advancing Justice - LA only accepts resumes as PDF or Microsoft Word files with no macros enabled.

UPDATE

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.