Empire Justice Center, a highly respected, statewide nonprofit law firm, is seeking an Immigrant Rights Senior Attorney to join our team. This is an opportunity to join one of the most effective organizations serving low income individuals and families in New York State.
Empire Justice Center attracts and employs dedicated, determined and passionate advocates who, together, make a significant impact on the lives of low income New Yorkers. We achieve our successes through a combination of direct legal representation and high impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals.
Our organization offers staff an exciting and dynamic working environment and a strong commitment to teamwork, diversity, and personal/professional development.
The Empire Justice Center has been designated by New York State to help launch a new Liberty Defense Project aimed at providing needed legal assistance to immigrants at risk of deportation, in need of status adjustment, eligible for special visa protections (U, T, VAWA), able to petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) or in need of other immigration-related legal assistance.
The Senior Attorney sought for this position will serve as the overall Project Manager which will include supervision of project staff in the Hudson Valley and Long Island, management and oversight of sub-contracting organizations in those regions and in the Capital District, Syracuse and Rochester, and oversight responsibility for data collection and reporting of overall contract deliverables on a monthly and quarterly basis.
The Senior Attorney will have a limited case load to ensure time for supervision and management of this project.
Primary responsibilities will include:
• Community relations with organizations in the Hudson Valley serving the needs of immigrant communities
• Management and monitoring of grant deliverables
• Data collection and drafting of reports as needed for grant
• Supervision of Project staff
• Providing direct representation to immigrants in:
o Federal Court appeals
o Administrative appeals
o Removal proceedings
o Ancillary family court proceedings (SUS)
o Naturalization and adjustment of status
o Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
o Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
o U Visa petitions
o Asylum applications
o Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions
o Other immigration and civil matters
Candidates for this position will possess:
• Supervisory and project management experience
• Admitted to practice in New York, with at least 9 (nine) years relevant work experience
• Ability to produce high quality written material, meet tight deadlines, and to work both
independently and as part of a team
• Strong analytical and writing skills
• Experience in interviewing and counseling clients
• Ability to speak and understand Spanish
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization’s salary scale.
Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance, pension and life
insurance, vacation, holiday, personal and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a
Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force.
People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted until 9/26/2017.
If interested e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references to: (no phone calls
or hard copies please) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
Rebecah Corcoran, Human Resources Manager