Managing Attorney

Silver Spring, MD
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Full Time
HIAS seeks a Managing Attorney to be responsible for HIAS immigration legal service programs benefiting asylum-seekers, including child migrants fleeing violence in Central America, and other persons of concern in the United States. The Managing Attorney is also responsible for supervising HIAS legal staff, recruiting, training and mentoring pro bono attorneys; and maintaining a limited direct representation caseload.Essential Functions:Manages immigration legal services programs in the Washington, DC and New York areas focused on representation of asylum seekers, with a particular emphasis on child migrants fleeing violence in Central America. Manages all program activities and supervise legal services staff in New York and Washington, DC area.Manages an intake system to determine which cases to accept for representation by HIAS and/or pro bono attorneys; Ensure that cases taken on by all HIAS staff attorneys and accredited representatives are in line with HIAS priorities.Recruits and trains pro bono attorneys to provide representation to child migrants and other HIAS legal services clients; Develop and update training materials.For select cases, prepares applications for relief from removal (ie asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, T- and U- visas); represent clients in Immigrant Court, Family Court, Asylum Office, Board of Immigration Appeals and other venues as appropriate.Represents HIAS in meetings with partner organizations in order to develop collaborations that enhance the effectiveness of projects.Prepares regular reports of program activities for HIAS senior management, Board of Directors and program funders.In collaboration with other HIAS staff, develops responses to inquiries about legal immigration options from individuals and organizations with historical relationships to HIAS.Coordinates HIAS participation in immigration law training consortium of refugee resettlement agencies; assigns training responsibilities to staff attorneys and/or develop trainings as appropriate.Attends conferences and lectures while staying informed of current developments in immigration law and procedure.Maintains records and prepare program reports in compliance with the requirements of any and all grants or agreements.Supervises and mentor law school interns.Advances HIAS policy positions regarding asylum law and practice, with a focus on vulnerable populations through representation of the organization before administrative agencies and in advocacy coalitions. Ensures that volunteer attorneys who take cases receive prompt and complete legal and procedural support, including conducting trainings, strategizing on individual cases, reviewing draft submissions, and preparing memoranda informing volunteers of significant legal developments.Qualifications and RequirementsJuris Doctor and admission to the Maryland bar.A minimum of five years of professional experience in positions with progressive responsibility.Previous experience representing individuals in Immigration and/or Family Courts required. Experience with range of complex immigration matters including various removal defenses preferred. Previous experience mentoring pro bono attorneys and/or law students required.Previous with program development or management strongly preferred.Proficiency in Spanish preferred; proficiency in Amharic desired.Willing to travel as needed.

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