Managing Attorney - Direct Representation Team (Tucson or Phoenix)

Phoenix Office or Tucson Office 


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 7,000 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona, on any given day. The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal and social services that ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. We provide high quality legal services and support initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy. 

The Florence Project is seeking an individual to join its staff as Managing Attorney in our Adult Program – Direct Representation Team. This is an exciting opportunity to manage our talented team providing direct representation to detained adults in Florence and Eloy, as well as to released clients in Tucson and Phoenix. This team provides direct representation and social services support to detained adult men and women, including those with serious mental health conditions, in immigration removal proceedings.  The Managing Attorney will supervise the legal work of staff attorneys and legal assistants who are working with a variety of clients including, but not limited to those who have been found mentally incompetent by an immigration judge and who are appointed a Qualified Representative by the Executive Office for Immigration Review. 

The Team handles a variety of forms of relief from deportation as well as bond hearings. The Managing Attorney will mentor legal staff, provide legal representation to detained and non-detained immigrants, and provide legal training. The Managing Attorney will also collaborate on training and professional development initiatives for legal staff and participate with program development and outreach activities, in conjunction with the Legal Director, Deputy Director and Executive Director. This position reports to the Adult Program Manager 

Attorneys and Legal Assistants with the Direct Representation Team are based in either the Phoenix or Tucson offices, but this position may be based in Tucson or Phoenix and may require regular travel, approximately 3-4 days per month, to other office locations in Phoenix/Tucson or Florence, depending on need. Additional travel to the detention centers and courts in Eloy and Florence may be required depending on case load.   

Duties include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Supervise staff attorneys and legal assistants for specific direct representation projects (estimated 5-7 staff members total).  This includes overseeing and being responsible for the quality of services provided before the courts, conducting case reviews with supervised staff as needed, and providing training, mentor-ship, and support to the legal staff.  The Managing Attorney will work closely with the Program Manager in providing this supervision and oversight. 
  • On a limited basis, provide direct representation to clients with the opportunity to hand-select a small case load with a focus on cases posing challenging issues or appeals of particular importance. Direct representation may also include second chairing supervised attorneys in a wide variety of deportation defense cases.
  • Oversee case review meetings with legal staff and interns, hire new staff, coordinate orientation for new hires, and plan trainings for legal staff. 
  • Participate in program development with the Legal Director, Deputy Director, and the Executive Director, including participating in annual strategic planning retreats with Board and staff. Lead the implementation of any changes to the scope of direct representation legal services provided or the model for delivering those services.
  • Oversee collection of data by the legal staff for various grant funded positions, complete quarterly reporting for funders, and participate in network calls, meetings, and trainings.
  • Communicate with the Legal Director about possible advocacy initiatives and legal trainings for the community.
  • Support Florence Project outreach and development activities as needed. 
  • Administrative duties as needed.  
  • J.D. and admission to any state bar.  
  • Prefer 2+ years minimum experience providing direct representation to immigrants in removal proceedings.  Extensive knowledge of immigration law, specifically deportation defense, asylum, and criminal-immigration law issues is strongly preferred.
  • Prefer experience supervising staff or interns and demonstrated ability to inspire confidence in others and play supportive role, be a proactive and engaged supervisor without micromanaging, and be a clear and thoughtful decision maker.  If no supervisory experience, must have leadership potential and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as ability to learn a variety of job descriptions and capacity to be trained to be an effective manager.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way and zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission. 
  • Highly organized with ability to be an innovative thinker and work in a high volume setting with limited resources.
  • A hard-working team player with a sense of humor who is flexible, patient, respectful, and comfortable in a busy nonprofit setting.
  • Must be fluent or have advanced proficiency in Spanish.
  • Prior experience working with trauma survivors or individuals with mental health issues is a plus, and must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions. 
  • Travel is required for this position. Must have reliable transportation. 
  • Ability to work remotely during the pandemic. 
This position requires some time in detention facilities and immigration courts. The position will be based out of our Tucson office, with regular travel to Florence and Eloy and occasional travel to Phoenix. As of the date of this posting, the majority of staff at the Florence Project are required to work remotely due to the pandemic.


You will be eligible to participate in Organization-sponsored benefits, including health benefits, holidays and other benefits that the Organization may offer to similarly situated employees from time to time.  Your eligibility to receive such benefits will be subject in each case to the generally applicable terms and conditions for the benefits in question and to the determinations of any person or committee administering such benefits.  The Organization may from time to time, in its sole discretion, amend or terminate the benefits available to you and the Organization’s other employees.  You will be covered by worker’s compensation insurance, state disability insurance, and other government benefit programs as required by state law. In addition, your compensation package includes the following (these details are for information purposes and are subject to any policy or plan changes) options:  
  • Paid Time Off earned on a biweekly accrual basis- Twenty-five (25) Days of Vacation Time, annually
  • Five (5) Days of Medical/Sick Time, annually
  • One (1) Day of Personal Time, monthly
  • Eight (8) Week Paid Sabbatical, after three years of employment
  • Organization-paid federal holidays, all observed
  • Medical plans including health, dental, vision coverage, subject to plan terms
  • Retirement plan and flexible spending accounts, subject to plan terms
  • Short Term Disability
  • Eligibility for group benefits such as voluntary life insurance, subject to applicable waiting periods.
  • Eligible for Parental Leave which includes Six (6) weeks up to Twelve (12) weeks total, with the option to combine vacation, sick, personal day(s), and short-term disability.
  • Relocation assistance available


This is an immediate opening. To apply complete the application below, upload a cover letter detailing your interest in the position as well as your resume, three professional references and a writing sample. Please explain in your email how you found out about this job opportunity. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only those 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, persons 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 necessarily include all the job functions of the position. 

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