Attorney – Immigration

Oakland, California
This is a full-time, exempt, position. Salary is competitive at $77,887.00 annually.
Jun 23, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%

NCYL seeks an Attorney to join our Immigration team, focused on advocating for immigrant children, including unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody, and children involved in state child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. The Attorney will focus on litigating on behalf of immigrant children and supporting policy initiatives focused on improving outcomes for immigrant children.  This is a great opportunity for someone looking to join a highly collaborative team and have systemic impact on young people.

Essential Functions

  • Litigation, and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements, including drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs; and engaging in discovery.
  • Providing legal research, writing, and analysis.
  • Case development, including on-site interviews in federal detention centers and investigations and analysis of legal claims.
  • Collaborating with other NCYL staff and co-counsel to advance litigation and policy initiatives.
  • Collaborating with immigrant children’s advocates.
  • Drafting resources for judges, child welfare, and juvenile justice professionals on a range of issues impacting immigrant children.
  • Tracking legislative and policy changes impacting immigrant children.

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. Degree
  • Admitted to practice law in California OR eligible to be admitted to practice law in California.
  • Minimum 2 years of litigation experience at a public interest law firm, private firm, or government agency.

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating for children and youth and to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives.
  • Ability to use a racial justice lens.
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish.
  • Knowledge of immigration law.
  • Direct experience with, or have been impacted by, the immigration system.
  • Experience with impact litigation, including class actions and other forms of systemic litigation.
  • Ability to collaborate with other community partners.
  • Excellent analytic, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage complex projects including strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality work product in a fast-paced environment.
  • Creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big picture.

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