Senior Attorney/Attorney, Immigration

Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, D.C.
Salary is a range of $65,000 - $80,000/yr for Attorneys & $85,000 - $97,000/yr for Senior Attorneys
Nov 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying, Legal
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a nonprofit law firm that for over four decades has worked to ensure marginalized children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives. We weave together a variety of strategies – including research, policy advocacy, and litigation – to ensure the systems intended to support marginalized children do so effectively. As a national organization we advocate and bring litigation in state and federal court.

NCYL’s mission includes advancing social, economic, and racial justice for children, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent our employees invest in their work that represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization's success.

Immigration and Legal Advocacy Teams

NCYL’s immigration team works to defend the rights of immigrant children and youth. This includes serving as Flores counsel, through which we represent the class of over 13,000 immigrant children in federal custody, and as counsel in Lucas R., a more recent lawsuit brought on behalf of a similar class of children. Additionally, we recently filed new litigation aimed at addressing some of the underlying factors that have led to the dramatic increase in the number of children in federal immigration custody.   


NCYL seeks a Senior Attorney/ Attorney to join our growing Immigration team.  Our team is focused on ensuring immigrant children are not indefinitely detained, separated from their families, or denied their due process rights.  The Senior Attorney/ Attorney will report to NCYL’s Director of Immigration and will work closely with NCYL’s Legal Advocacy team.

Essential Functions                   

  1. Supporting and helping to lead immigration impact litigation.
  2. Case development, including on-site interviews and investigations and analysis of potential legal claims.
  3. Legal research and analysis.
  4. Collaborating with other NCYL staff and with co-counsel.
  5. Litigation, and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements, including drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs; and engaging in discovery.
  6. Collaborating with immigrant children’s advocates throughout the country on litigation and policy efforts.

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. degree, admitted to practice law.
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage complex projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of immigration law.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big picture.
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Senior Attorney: At least six year’s experience at a public interest law firm or government agency with a focus on litigation OR seven year’s experience at a law firm with significant pro bono experience. 
  • Attorney: At least three year’s experience at a public interest law firm or government agency with a focus on litigation OR four year’s experience at a law firm with significant pro bono experience.

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt, position.  Salary is competitive with a range of $65,000 - $80,000 annually for Attorneys and $85,000 - $97,000 for Senior Attorneys.  NCYL provides health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan. 

Position will be located in Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, or Washington D.C.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through January 7, 2019. Submit a cover letter and resume to apply. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at:

Applicants with personal experience within the immigration system, applicants of color, and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.

NCYL is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.

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