Job Opportunity with MIA – Civil Staff Attorney

Position Summary

MIA seeks a full-time Survivors’ Project Staff Attorney in its Memphis office to provide civil legal services to immigrant victims of violent crime, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. Through the Survivors’ Project, MIA partners with CasaLuz, a culturally specific victim advocacy agency, to provide holistic legal representation and support to immigrant survivors. MIA has provided immigration representation to CasaLuz clients since 2016. In July 2020, MIA will begin providing civil legal services for the first time.

The Survivors’ Project Staff Attorney will provide trauma-informed civil legal services to clients referred through our partner CasaLuz. The attorney will work closely with CasaLuz victim advocates to ensure clients’ civil needs are met in a holistic manner, including representation in connection with orders of protection, divorce, child support/custody/visitation, and other related civil matters.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide direct legal services to immigrant survivors of violent crime in orders of protection, divorce, child support/custody/visitation, and other related civil matters;
  • Communicate regularly with CasaLuz staff regarding client needs;
  • Engage in ongoing training on best practices for providing trauma-informed services, cultural competency, and substantive law;
  • Work closely with victim advocates and immigration attorneys as a team;
  • Provide regular reports and data on cases and statistics for quality control and grant reporting purposes;
  • Attend mandatory staff meetings and case review sessions;
  • Track time for work done on “billable” cases or projects.

Education & Skills

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited college or university;
  • Admitted in Tennessee;
  • Prior experience in family law and orders of protection strongly preferred;
  • 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;
  • Experience working with immigrants or refugees, survivors of violence, and/or torture preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

Position will be based at MIA’s Memphis office. Salary range $45,000 – 53,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. MIA offers health insurance, disability insurance, a retirement plan, and paid time off and holidays.

How to Apply

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter explaining your interest by June 12, 2020. A criminal background check and verification of references will be required before acceptance of the final offer.

MIA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

by Sally Joyner, Esq.

Legal Director Sally M. Joyner is a lifelong Memphian and co-founder of MIA.
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