STAFF ATTORNEY, IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE RIGHTS PROJECT
The North Carolina Justice Center, a progressive policy advocacy organization whose mission is to expand opportunity and protect the rights of poor and moderate-income individuals and families in North Carolina, is seeking a staff attorney to work with its Immigrants and Refugee Rights Project. For nearly 20 years, Justice Center staff has been on the front lines at the legislature, in the courts, in the media, on the streets, and in the community advocating for positive changes for poor and working North Carolinians. The Justice Center has played a primary role in most of the state’s major policy debates and successfully litigated hundreds of individual cases and class actions.
The responsibilities of this Staff Attorney position include providing representation in immigration-related matters to low-income immigrants and their families in immigration court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals, challenging immigration court decisions and advocating for fair and correct interpretations of immigration laws. We handle both affirmative and defensive immigration cases. We prioritize cases that establish precedent or have broad impact benefiting low-income immigrants.
The Staff Attorney will also conduct trainings on legal and policy issues and serve as a resource on immigration law and policy for other attorneys and advocates across the state. He/she will also provide supervision to BIA certified practitioners. In addition, he/she will be a part of the Justice Center’s team that provides policy analysis, public education and advocacy on a range of issues impacting low-income immigrants in North Carolina, including state and federal legislative proposals. The Staff Attorney will work closely with the other members of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and help to build and lead alliances with strategic partners on immigration and immigrants’ rights issues in North Carolina.
The Staff Attorney will be a member of the Justice Center’s Litigation Team and will work closely with all the organization’s litigation staff. The Justice Center works on a range of issues that impact the lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities in North Carolina, including: education, health care, housing, workers’ rights, consumer rights and state fiscal policy. Staff members are expected to bring a broad commitment to social justice and be committed to advocating on behalf of all of the Justice Center’s clients and constituents. The responsibilities of a staff attorney position may change as the work or needs of the organization changes.
- Five to seven years of litigation experience, including some experience in immigration law;
- Proficiency in Spanish;
- Licensed to practice in North Carolina, or admitted to practice in another jurisdiction and willing and able to become licensed in NC in summer 2014;
- Excellent writing, legal research and analysis, and oral advocacy skills;
- The ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
- The ability to occasionally work evenings, weekends, and travel;
- Substantive expertise in policy and legal issues impacting low-income individuals, particularly low-income immigrants
- A commitment to social justice, the ability to recognize the barriers facing immigrant communities, and experience working with low-income individuals.
The Justice Center offers skilled and committed co-workers, a competitive salary and superior benefits to enhance staff quality of life including but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid maternity/paternity leave, twelve holidays, free parking in downtown Raleigh, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, 100% paid high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage.
The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. NCJC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
This position is open immediately and will fill quickly. To apply please send your cover letter, resume, and list of professional references (including at least one past supervisor) as a single PDF file that has your name in its title. Your email should have “Staff Attorney Immigrants’ Rights” in the subject line and be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.