Who We Are:
The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area focused exclusively on providing legal assistance to the adult and children immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.
Start Date: July 1st, 2020
A Senior Attorney in the Detained Adult Program for Prince George’s County Immigrant Services Language Access Program 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. This position will be based in our Baltimore Office.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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 cases 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, to submit reports in support of our client’s immigration relief, and if necessary to testify in court.
- The Senior Attorney will have their own case load and will also supervise at least two staff attorneys. 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.
- In addition, the senior attorney will be expected to maintain a case load of at least two docketed cases at a time.
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 – depending on protocols in place due to COVID.
- Conduct individual intakes with immigrants at the detention facilities – same as above re COVID. 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.
- 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).
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.
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.).
- JD and relevant experience in immigration law.
- At least three years of immigration related experience and at least some immigration trial experience.
- Must be licensed to practice law.
- Written and oral Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
- Driver’s license required
Salary & Benefits:
In addition to a competitive salary, CAIR Coalition offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, vision, and dental insurance, four weeks’ vacation plus all federal holidays.
How to Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to HR@caircoalition.org to apply.
 This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions