Staff Attorney - Direct Representation

  • $64,000.00/year
  • THE ORGANIZATION 
     
    The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to approximately 7,500 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day.  The Florence Project has become known nationally for its legal service delivery systems which ensure detained people empowered access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal advice or representation and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy. 
     
    Detention in Arizona is growing, family separation continues, and recent changes to case law and policies have made bond and asylum incredibly challenging. The Florence Project is on the frontlines of immigration, fighting back against constant attacks on immigrants’ rights. We are looking for a creative attorney to join our growing team to provide top notch  legal representation to our clients. Come join our team and be part of the change, fighting for immigrants’ rights in these challenging times 
     
    POSITION DESCRIPTION: DIRECT REPRESENTATION ATTORNEY 
     
    We are hiring a full-time attorney to provide direct representation primarily to adults in immigration removal proceedings detained in Florence and Eloy, Arizona. We believe that every person in immigration court should have the right to an attorney, and the growth of our direct representation team embodies a major expansion of our capacity to provide full representation to detained individuals. This position will serve a wide range of clients in all major defensive forms of relief with an eye toward developing the groundwork to one day create a system for universal representation. The position will also provide representation to clients living with mental health conditions in detention and upon release. 
     
    Duties include: 
    • Representation in a robust case load of bond and removal defense matters before the detained dockets of the Florence,Eloy, and Tucson Immigration Courts as well as some limited representation of clients who are no longer detained before the  Phoenix and Tucson Immigration Courts. 
    • Representation may also include appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and work reasonably related to removal defense before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 
    • Representation may also include pursuing removal or custody relief in federal courts as appropriate. Such federal court work may include, for example, a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus before the District Court or a Petition for Review to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  
    • Representation may also include holistic advocacy and assistance developing and connecting clients to services in the community that are reasonably necessary or prudent to enable a client’s safe release from ICE custody.  
    • Representation may also include representation of immigrants deemed incompetent to represent themselves by the Immigration Court in the detained courts and upon their release from detention before the immigration courts in Phoenix and Tucson.
    • A specific portion of the caseload will be comprised of  clients living with mental health conditions.
    • Complying with office and program requirements to track data and case progress. 
    • Mentoring newer Florence Project attorneys in removal and bond matters.
    • Occasionally assisting with other Florence Project legal duties to assist with coverage.
     
    This position may be based in either our Phoenix or Tucson office, with regular travel to Florence and Eloy, AZ.  This is a full-time litigation position that requires frequent time spent in detention facilities in Eloy and Florence, visiting clients and attending court.  
     
    QUALIFICATIONS 

    • Licensed to practice law in any state or jurisdiction. Preference for individuals with at least one year of relevant experience – both immigration court and other transferable court experience will be considered
    • Fluent or professionally proficient in Spanish is required
    • Demonstrated commitment to or interest in social justice, immigrant rights, or public interest law
    • Strong legal research and writing skills
    • Strong oral advocacy skills
    • Demonstrated ability to be a flexible team player
    • Strong work ethic with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure
    • Must be comfortable working with clients from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including individuals with criminal histories, individuals who have suffered trauma, and individuals from a wide array of cultures and countries. Prior work in immigrant rights, human rights, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, or mental health advocacy is a plus. Experience working with survivors of domestic violence or victims of trafficking is also a plus. 
    • Must have access to reliable transportation
    • Must be able to clear basic background checks and obtain security clearance to enter detention facilities
     
    SALARY AND BENEFITS 

    This is a full-time, salaried exempt position. Salary is competitive for our field and geographical area. We strive to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. We offer excellent benefits, including: 
     
    • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short term disability insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project, and partial health insurance premiums paid for dependents.
    • After one year of employment, employees are eligible for an employer matching retirement plan.
    • One personal day paid each month.
    • Twenty five days of vacation per year.
    • Five days of sick/medical leave annually.
    • Six weeks of paid parental leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use personal, vacation, and sick paid time off for unpaid portion).
    • Relocation assistance for out of state new hires.
    • Bereavement leave
    • All federal holidays observed.
    • After three years of employment, employees are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical.
    • Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work.
    • The Florence Project will reimburse each attorney on staff for the cost of their bar license fee for one jurisdiction.
    • All attorneys have a generous continuing legal education (CLE) budget.
    • Ability to work remotely.
    As of the date of this posting, the majority of staff at the Florence Project are required to work remotely due to the pandemic.  

     APPLICATION PROCESS 

    This is an immediate opening.  To apply, please complete the application below; upload a letter detailing your interest in the position; a resume with three professional references; and a writing sample.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.  
     
    This job announcement is for informational purposes only and is subject to change and modification without notice. This job announcement includes a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications and requirements of the position, but does not include all the essential job functions of the position. 
     

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