Job Opportunity: UC/Asylum Staff Attorney

 

POSITION SUMMARY

MIA’s staff attorney will represent adults with children (AWC) and unaccompanied children (UC) in Immigration Court removal proceedings. The attorney will also provide regular legal orientation presentations for custodians (LOPC) of unaccompanied children.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Provide direct legal services to UCs seeking asylum, Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS), and other forms of relief from removal in the Memphis Immigration Court and regional probate and juvenile courts;
  • Provide direct legal services to existing AWC clients seeking asylum before the Memphis Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals;
  • Screen potential UC clients for all potential and available immigration benefits, including adjustment of status, asylum, withholding of removal, U nonimmigrant status, and/or SIJS;
  • Conduct regular legal orientation presentations for custodians of UCs at Memphis Immigration Court, MIA office, or other Memphis-area locations.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited college or university;
  • Admission to any state bar (Tennessee strongly preferred);
  • Prior experience and/or coursework in immigration law and procedure;
  • Spanish fluency or high proficiency preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, advocacy, computer, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse community, including children and families;
  • Flexibility to work Saturdays as needed;
  • Experience working with survivors of crime, domestic violence, and/or torture preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Position will be based at MIA’s Memphis office. Salary range $40,000 – 50,000, commensurate with experience.  Health insurance coverage available.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, send resume and cover letter to wannamaker@miamemphis.org. Deadline August 21, 2017; projected start date September 4, 2017.