Who We Are:

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing legal assistance to the adult and children immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.

Position Summary:

Start Date:  January- March 2020

Min. Salary:  $65,000  

This is a full-time and exempt position. This position will be remote at this time due to the pandemic, but eventually can be based in either our Washington, D.C. or Baltimore, MD offices.

A Senior Managing Attorney focuses on (i) the provision of direct legal services to immigrant adults held in facilities in Virginia and Maryland, (ii) the mentoring of pro bono attorneys, (iii) the coordination and execution of visits to detention centers for the purpose of conducting legal intake with detained persons, and (iv) the supervision of staff attorneys and legal assistants.

General Duties and Responsibilities[1]:


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Each staff attorney is required to represent 20-25 people each year, a supervisor then supervising two staff attorneys will be required to manage a 50 person case load, so on and so forth. 

Detention Facility Services:

  • Plan and lead visits to government detention facilities, including oversight and supervision of staff during visits.
  • Visit at least 1-3 detention facility visits per month.
  • 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:

  • Assist program management on the implementation of long-term program plans.
  • Ensure the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion, including for supervised 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.
  • Conduct trainings and stakeholder meetings with detention center staff.
  • Some media engagement. 
  • Engage with 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 Adult program, in addition to the responsibilities above, also:
  • Coordinate with all internal DAP Programs (e.g., LOP, NQRP, Safe Cities) to ensure all programs are kept abreast of developments and clients.
  • Oversee BIA accredited work by legal assistants; Ensure legal assistants have a true learning environment. 
  • Work on a team of 13 people to represent the entire detained population for Prince George’s County.  
  • This specific position will be majority direct representation and direct representation supervision, and a lesser extent pro bono mentoring. 
  • Driving long distances to the 5 detention centers in our region with staff. 

Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency

The employee demonstrates a solid understanding of legal concepts at a level that allows them to provide services to clients with limited supervision. The employee clearly and skillfully employs the law in written and oral presentations and assists junior staff in doing the same. The employee has taken on multiple Individual hearings or interviews for clients with limited supervision. The employee is able to competently supervise Staff Attorneys on client interaction matters and legal strategy, research, and writing.

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The employee satisfactorily handles, and supervises, all required in-jail and in-office programmatic obligations (intake, follow-up, case summaries, etc.). The employee manages their in-house and pro bono mentoring caseload to allow for proper prioritization and thoughtful use of time and resources. The employee supervises junior staff to ensure programmatic efficiency and efficacy.


The employee ensures that all administrative aspects of their position (and of their supervisees’), 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 immigration law.
  • Must be licensed to practice law.
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency required.
  • Driver’s license required

Salary and Benefits:

Commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following materials via email to hr@caircoalition.org using the subject line “Senior Managing Attorney DAP.” Materials should be submitted in pdf format.

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position, your preferred start and end dates, and your availability;
  • A resume; and
  • A writing sample

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting January 2021.

EOE Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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

Senior Managing Attorney, Detained Adult Program
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