About the Legal Aid Justice Center:
The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that partners with communities and clients to achieve justice by dismantling the systems that create and perpetuate poverty. Justice means racial justice, economic justice, and social justice.
From its offices in Charlottesville, Richmond, Petersburg, and Falls Church, LAJC is a fierce advocate for low-income clients and communities in Virginia. Just in the past year, we permanently repealed Virginia’s driver’s license suspension for court debt scheme, secured an injunction slashing the number of immigrants detained by ICE at the largest detention center in the Mid-Atlantic and passed a law giving Virginia oversight authority, won the nation’s first COVID-specific, statewide, and enforceable workplace safety standards, passed legislation enabling communities to set up civilian oversight for law enforcement, and decriminalized school-based disorderly conduct, which was a leading contributor to the school-to-prison pipeline, especially for Black students.
Founded in 1967, LAJC provides services under four key program areas: Civil Rights & Racial Justice, Economic Justice, Youth Justice, and Immigrant Advocacy. LAJC boldly tackles issues of systemic injustice and aims to raise public and policymaker awareness of some of the most pressing challenges facing low-income Virginia residents. For more information, visit www.justice4all.org.
About the positions:
The Legal Aid Justice Center seeks to hire a senior supervising immigration attorney for our Charlottesville office. The attorney will at first supervise 1, and eventually up to 3-4, attorneys or case-handling paralegals. The attorney will also direct the immigration clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, with six to eight students and a docket consisting primarily of removal defense cases. The attorney will also maintain their own docket of individual cases, primarily removal defense, as well as take a leadership role in various impact campaigns (including individual and class action litigation, state and local advocacy, and grassroots community lawyering) affecting immigrant communities in and around Charlottesville and statewide.
- Supervise at first one, but eventually up to 3-4 attorneys or casehandling paralegals.
- Direct the immigration clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law.
- Maintain a docket of individual cases, primarily removal defense.
- Take a leadership role in various impact campaigns (including federal litigation, state and local advocacy, and grassroots community lawyering) affecting immigrant communities in and around Charlottesville and statewide.
- At least three years of experience practicing immigration law, especially removal defense.
- Strong commitment to immigrants’ rights.
- Experience working directly with immigrant community members.
- A sufficient level of Spanish fluency to interview and counsel clients in Spanish without the assistance of an interpreter.
- Membership in the bar of any state, and ability to practice before the immigration court and USCIS.
- Reliable personal transportation.
- An ability to multi-task and balance a variety of responsibilities.
- Experience supervising law students as clinic students or interns/externs.
- Five years of experience practicing immigration law, especially removal defense.
- Supervision experience.
- Membership in the Virginia State Bar, or eligibility and willingness to become a member of the VSB promptly – either by passing the bar exam in February 2023, or meeting requirements to “waive” into bar membership without taking the bar exam. (Note that new Virginia Supreme Court Rule 1A:9 allows most lawyers who have practiced continuously in another jurisdiction for two years to become members of the VSB if they practice for Virginia legal aid organizations (like LAJC) under a “Legal Aid Counsel Certificate.”) LAJC provides bar study leave and application fee coverage.
- Experience working for a public interest law firm, legal services organization, or other nonprofit as an attorney or in a pro bono capacity.
This role will be based in our Charlottesville, VA office. Although a regular presence in the office and in-person clinical teaching is required, LAJC offers a remote work policy to support employees in co-creating schedules and arrangements that allow us all to do our best work. Occasional travel to Northern Virginia for court and administrative appearances, or to Richmond for legislative visits, will be required.
We accept applications on a rolling basis and encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. We will start reviewing applications by September 14, 2022.
Salary range is $75,000 to $95,000 based on years of relevant experience and LAJC’s formal salary scale.
Our mission is compelling, and our team members are passionate about their work, and so we recognize the need to provide generous benefits and encourage rest and a healthy work environment. For example, we provide:
- Generous paid time off every year, including 3 to 6 weeks of vacation, 12 days of health leave, 6 weeks parental leave, and 14 holidays (not including bonus holidays/rest days allocated as needed)
- 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance, plus excellent family insurance with annual max of $2,400 premium contribution to LAJC-sponsored health plan
- 403(b) retirement plan with 4% employer contribution (no required match)
- Strong commitment to professional development
- Law school loan repayment assistance and full reimbursement for VA bar and CLE expenses
- Relocation package
Email a cover letter, a legal writing sample, three references, and resume to Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg at email@example.com. If you’re able, please submit your application as a single PDF titled “[date submitted in yyyy.mm.dd format][last name][first name][position sought].” Please include “Senior Supervising Attorney and Immigration Clinic Instructor” in the email subject.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.