Senior Direct Representation Attorney

Kind Inc Los Angeles , CA 90009

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KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)

Senior Direct Representation Attorney

Los Angeles, CA

April 2019

About KIND

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

POSITION PURPOSE

Responsible for supervising direct representation attorneys and/or support staff in Los Angeles field office and for providing representation to unaccompanied immigrant children. In collaboration with field office pro bono team, recruit, train, and advise pro bono attorneys to ensure effective pro bono representation of child clients before immigration and state courts and immigration agencies

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise direct representation attorneys and/or support staff in consultation with the Managing Attorney

  • Represent children in immigration removal proceedings, including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas or U visas

  • File all relevant paperwork, petitions and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state court(s), where applicable

  • Attend immigration and state court hearings, interviews and adjudications before government agencies

  • Conduct and/or oversee legal intakes and the provision of Know-Your-Rights information to child clients

  • With the help of the pro bono team, train, and advise pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters

  • Work with pro bono team to develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training materials and presentations

  • Participate in staff meetings, supervisory meetings, relevant trainings and conferences, and KIND-wide calls

  • Assist in the supervision of law student interns and volunteers

  • Assist with periodic trainings and presentations

  • Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry, data maintenance, and reporting

  • Collaborate with KIND management in support of KINDs mission

  • Represent KIND at meetings with local coalitions, courts, and agencies

  • Other duties as assigned

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Licensed attorney admitted to practice law in California

  • 3+ years experience practicing immigration law including representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas

  • Family law experience preferred

  • Proficiency in Spanish required

  • Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma

  • A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills

  • Supervisory experience, preferably in legal setting

  • Experience with mentoring and training

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent professional judgment

  • Ability to hit the ground working, able to take initiative, multi-task and work independently

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and pitch-in as needed

  • Ability to travel as assigned

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone and email with KINDs national organization and pro bono attorneys, and ability to attend court proceedings

TO APPLY

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at:


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