ABOUT PUBLIC COUNSEL
Public Counsel is the nation’s largest provider of pro bono legal services. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, social, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.
Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.
ABOUT IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS PROJECT
Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) envisions a world where all (im)migrants live with dignity, power, and opportunity. Staffed by approximately 25 attorneys, support staff, and social workers, IRP provides direct legal representation to non-citizens seeking asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, VAWA, T and U visas, and other relief in immigration court. In addition to direct representation, IRP engages in advocacy at the local and national levels, represents detained immigrants, recruits, trains, and mentors hundreds of pro bono attorneys each year, handles appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Court of Appeal, and conducts impact litigation. For 30 years, IRP has been at the forefront of protecting the rights of immigrants in Los Angeles.
IRP is seeking a full-time Supervising Staff Attorney to lead its Pro Bono Asylum team. The Pro Bono Asylum team recruits, trains, mentors, and provides technical assistance to volunteer attorneys to represent individuals and families seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief before US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Immigration Courts and federal court. We use client-centered advocacy to provide holistic, trauma-informed, and interdisciplinary services for our immigrant clients who come to the United States from all over the world. The team focuses on insuring high quality legal representation and seeks to develop a sustainable and exemplary model for holistic services. Most cases are placed with pro bono attorneys, many of whom do not have prior immigration experience. Currently, social work is integrated into services for a segment of the clients, to support the clients in participating in their legal cases and to address other barriers they face. We help clients access emotional and social support, and are guided by our clients’ voicing of their needs, concerns, and goals related to their legal case.
The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for the following tasks, though others may be required as the position demands:
- Providing excellent supervision to team members on all aspects of their direct services work, advocacy efforts and professional development;
- Fostering strategic vision for mission-driven sustainability and growth of the team, including supporting pursuit of funding opportunities;
- Managing the team’s grants, ensuring compliance with deliverables and reporting requirements;
- Recruiting, training, and providing technical assistance to pro bono attorneys;
- As capacity exists, representing asylum seekers in seeking relief before the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and/or federal court;
- Conducting advocacy to advance the rights of asylum seekers including collaborating with Public Counsel’s communications team when consistent with litigation and advocacy goals;
- Participating in efforts within the Immigrants’ Rights Project, and Public Counsel more broadly, to promote thoughtful leadership and an equitable and inclusive work culture.
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- JD and California Bar Admission (*Admission to another state’s bar may be acceptable);
- A minimum of five (5) years of prior immigration experience strongly preferred, including representing individuals seeking asylum before the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and/or the federal courts;
- Experience recruiting, training, and mentoring pro bono attorneys strongly preferred;
- Prior grants management experience a plus;
- Prior federal litigation and/or advocacy experience a plus;
- Prior media experience, or willingness to train and engage in media efforts, a plus;
- Fluency in Spanish preferred;
- Experience with and commitment to working with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including individuals with a history of incarceration and/or complex trauma;
- Willingness and ability to travel to/from the asylum office and immigration courts in Southern California region, public health conditions permitting;
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team, think creatively, and problem solve;
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
- A commitment to economic, gender, racial and social justice;
- Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights and the mission of IRP.
JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS
- Full-time, Exempt position
- The salary range for an attorney with 5 years of experience is $70,000 plus a Supervisor supplement of $5,000.
- Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including:
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options,
- The option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account,
- A 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and a discretionary employer contribution after a year of employment, and
- Employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
- Generous paid time off and compensatory time up to 40 hours per calendar year
- Parking and transit benefits
HOW TO APPLY
We value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.
PUBLIC COUNSEL VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Public Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.
Public Counsel is generally office-based and will be an effective hybrid-workspace as of June 6, 2022. As such, employees with Public Counsel will be required to work in the office at least one day per week, at the discretion of the head of department. This policy is subject to redesign by leadership. Public Counsel will work in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.
PUBLIC COUNSEL EEO POLICY
Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.
All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.