Position Summary: 

A Managing Attorney in the Detained Children’s Program focuses on ensuring that the program staff providing excellent and efficient services to clients, implementing long-term plans for the program, providing direct legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children, and supervising junior staff with a focus on professional development.  

General Duties and Responsibilities1: 


  • Provides oversight and management of significant aspects of the program in coordination with the Program Director.  

  • Take on direct legal representation of detained clients in removal proceedings before the Arlington and/or Baltimore Immigration Courts. This includes representation types such as Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Board of Immigration Appeals, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Cancellation of Removal 

  • Ensure that the program is kept abreast of new developments in the law and that junior staff are adequality trained on the law.  

  • Provide oversight and mentoring to staff attorneys on direct representation cases, including supervision and assistance of (i) case strategy, (ii) trial preparation, and (iii) case load management.  

  • Provide expert mentoring to outside attorneys representing detained immigrants on a pro bono basis. 

  • Manage a caseload of in-house direct representation case and pro bono mentorship cases to ensure timely completion and submission of all filings, forms, etc. 

  • Preparation of Post Release Plans and social service plans, in coordination with social services staff. 

  • Research, engage, and prepare experts on health, behavioral health, and country conditions.  

Detention Facility Services:  

  • Conduct oversight of visits to government detention facilities. 

  • Ensure that staff members in the program perform Know-Your-Rights presentations correctly and efficiently.  

  • Conduct individual intakes with immigrants at the detention facilities. Provide necessary follow-up after intakes to evaluate eligibility for relief, including performing research, securing criminal/juvenile delinquency records and obtaining additional information from family and community members. 

Organizational Services: 

  • Work with program management to set long-term program plans. 

  • Interface with leadership with of other CAIR Coalition programs to ensure cross-program information and strategy sharing.  

  • Oversee the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion for program staff.  

  • Assist other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods. 

  • Take part in stakeholder relationship activities, including in-person and telephonic meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, and other legal service providers. 

  • Oversee and conduct trainings and stakeholder meetings with detention center staff. 

  • Lead internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization.  

  • Undertake own administrative functions, including for casework (e.g., preparation of all aspects of filings). CAIR Coalition attorneys do not have dedicated paralegals for assistance on cases and non-attorney staff time is dedicated to client-facing tasks (e.g, jail visits, pro se assistance).  

Program-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:  

Members of the Detained Children’s program, in addition to the responsibilities above, also: 

  • Appear in state courts seeking predicate orders for children seeking SIJS. 

  • Appear before USCIS representing children seeking asylum during asylum interviews. 

  • Advocate for release and reunification of children from government detention centers 

  • Interface with client sponsors and family. 

Competencies Required: 

Legal Proficiency 

The employee demonstrates a mastery of the law and legal procedure and can deploy innovative and thoughtful approaches to assisting clients. The employee stays abreast of developments in the law and ensures that their supervisees are trained in new developments. 

Client and Programmatic Proficiency 

The employee proficiently helps to manage all of the program’s in-jail, client, and in-office programmatic obligations. The employee proficiently manages their caseloads and the caseloads of the staff they supervise. The employee skillfully supervises their staff and ensures that staff are in a position to grow professionally. 


The employee ensures that all administrative aspects of their position (and their staffs’ positions), attendant to the provision of services to clients, are carried out without managerial intervention, including timekeeping, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc. 

Qualifications Required: 

  • JD and relevant experience in family law and/or immigration law.  

  • Must be licensed to practice law in Maryland or Virginia or be willing to sit for the next scheduled bar exam. 

  • Written and oral Spanish fluency strongly preferred. 

  • Driver’s license required 

  • Must be able to pass a required background check.

Salary & Benefits: 

Salary commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, four weeks vacation plus all federal holidays. We are an LRAP eligible employer.

Application Process: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@caircoalition.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, early submissions are encouraged as the position is open immediately. No phone calls please.

1 This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions 


Managing Attorney, Detained Children’s Program
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