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BILINGUAL (SPANISH) IMMIGRATION STAFF ATTORNEY

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (“LSC”) is one of the country’s first non-profit law firms dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children.  Our mission is to ensure that all children in the San Francisco Bay Area are raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and other services that are necessary to thrive and grow.  We believe that youth deserve positive alternatives to unnecessary placement in foster care, juvenile justice facilities, and immigration detention.  LSC pioneered the interdisciplinary approach that is considered a best practice in juvenile law today.  We deploy attorney-social worker teams to assist Bay Area children who need to access the legal system to stabilize or improve their lives.  LSC’s attorneys represent children in legal matters that involve guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, and other civil legal matters. Our social workers provide crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and psychosocial assessments.  LSC staff also engage in policy and advocacy projects aimed at advancing the rights of children.

To promote social justice and best serve our clients, LSC is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing services with cultural humility.  We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and ensuring a workplace where staff can flourish and grow professionally and well beyond. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups including People of Color and LGBTQ individuals to apply.  Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE POSITION

LSC seeks an attorney to represent children in immigration proceedings. Our immigration clients are primarily monolingual Spanish speakers, and also include Central American and Mexican indigenous youth as well as youth of African descent.  We welcome applicants at all levels and provide opportunities for training and leadership.

Please note that due to COVID19, employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely. However, attorneys occasionally may need to attend court proceedings and USCIS interviews in person. All LSC employees will continue to primarily work remotely and the expectation is that all employees will return to work in LSC’s office when it is safe to do so.

This position is in a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 20.

Primary duties include:

  • Conducting legal screenings, client interviews, and factual and legal investigations, counseling clients, developing case strategies and case plans, and engaging in oral and written advocacy as part of representing children in immigration matters (primarily Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, T and U visa cases)
  • Representing non-detained youth in Immigration Court proceedings and related state court matters (probate guardianship and dependency as needed), as well as applications before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and cases before Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
  • Engaging in advocacy efforts on behalf of children, including conducting community presentations for children, families, schools, and community organizations
  • Representing LSC in local and national coalitions and collaboratives as needed

Requirements:

  • Membership in good standing of the State Bar of California
  • Spanish fluency is required
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong commitment to the rights of youth
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to the demands and deadlines of a fast-paced caseload
  • Well-organized, motivated, creative, and independent, yet also able to work cooperatively in a team-oriented environment
  • Commitment to providing services with cultural humility and with an approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the practice of immigration law
  • Experience working with children who have experienced trauma
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and in crisis situations

Salary & Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $63,000 – $75,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), retirement savings contribution, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, holiday, and sabbatical).  LSC offers a flexible spending account for qualified health expenses.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and contact information for three references to jobs@lsc-sf.org, with “Immigration Staff Attorney” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:  LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are youth of color who come from low income backgrounds. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.