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At Justice for All Immigrants, we are a dedicated and professional team of attorneys, legal assistants, and program coordinators. We are working together to build a more inclusive and compassionate community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Staff Attorney – Removal Defense

Title: Staff Attorney - ILSF
Reports To: Managing Attorney
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Description
Justice for all Immigrants (JFAI) is seeking a full-time, Staff Attorney to provide representation to
individuals detained in the Houston area. The Staff Attorney will provide high quality immigration legal
services to detained immigrants at the four Houston area detention facilities: IAH Adult Detention
Facility (Livingston, TX), Montgomery Processing Center (Conroe, TX), Joe Corley Detention Facility
(Conroe, TX) and Houston Contract Detention Facility (Houston, TX). The Staff Attorney should be
highly motivated and capable of working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, where collaboration is
key. The attorney should be flexible, communicative, and open to new ideas. The ideal applicant will
have a strong commitment to public interest law and to the empowerment of immigrant communities.
The Staff Attorney should be capable of working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where
collaboration is important. The Staff Attorney will report to the Managing Attorney.

 

About JFAI
JFAI is a non-profit immigration legal service provider which offers immigration legal services to low-
income immigrants and refugees in the greater Houston region. JFAI is an independent non-profit
organization which provides legal services to clients of all faiths and backgrounds. JFAI is a member of
the National Justice for Our Neighbors network, a national non-profit dedicated to providing quality
immigration legal services throughout the nation.

 

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide consultations and screen immigrants in detention to ascertain immigration relief.

  • Provide representation to individuals in court proceedings in front of the Immigration Judge.

  • Provide representation to individuals in other proceedings, such as federal courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

  • Monitor detention conditions and access to counsel issues.

  • Organize and maintain client files and data for reporting purposes.

  • Ensure that reports to funders are timely and accurately submitted.

  • Coordinate client services with social services coordinators, managing attorney, legal assistants and legal interns.

  • Participate in regular peer and supervisor review meetings and legal trainings.

  • Work collaboratively as part of a cohort.

  • Engage with stakeholders, including legal community, funders, and public officials

  • Provide mentorship and trainings in order to recruit and train pro bono attorneys.

  • Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.
     

Requirements

  • J.D. from ABA certified law school or international equivalent.

  • A current bar membership in good standing.

  • Fluent in Spanish and English is preferred.

  • Experience in immigration law is preferred. Law school experience will be considered.

  • Advanced legal research and writing skills.

  • Candidate must demonstrate strong communication skills, client interviewing abilities, and an appreciation of multicultural experiences.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage time and resources.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Ability to work well with others, to work under pressure and handle a large volume of

  • consultations, clients, and data, and highly self-motivated.

  • Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of low-income, culturally

  • diverse clients.

  • Texas Driver License; clean driving record; own vehicle; applicable auto insurance.

  • Candidate must be willing to drive regularly to area detention centers located 45 minutes to 1.5 hours from the office. Mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate.

 

Salary and Benefits
A competitive salary and benefits will be provided including generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave,
professional liability insurance, health insurance coverage, dental and vision insurance, ASISTA
membership, and paid bar and AILA dues. JFAI is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin,
immigration status, disability, or veteran status.

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