the Florence Project is hiring an
The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to thousands of adults, youth, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day. In 2001, the Florence Project implemented our Integrated Social Services Program, one of the first of its kind in this field. The Florence Project provides high quality legal and social services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.
Primary Purpose of the Job:
The Appellate Attorney works with the Advocacy team. The Appellate Attorney is responsible for increasing FIRRP's representation of individuals before the BIA and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Appellate Attorney will accomplish this in two major ways - 1) directly representing individuals before the BIA and Ninth Circuit and 2) helping to mentor and train Staff Attorneys in appellate practice. In addition to those primary duties, the Appellate Attorney will ensure that appellate cases are aligned with broader organizational and advocacy goals and to assist with amicus briefs on issues of importance to Florence Project clients.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Maintain a robust caseload, representing FIRRP clients before the BIA and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including preparing legal briefs, motions, petitions, and oral argument.
Advise and update clients on their appeal in compliance with ethical obligations and consult on strategies as appropriate.
Comply with all legal standards and regulations.
Mentor staff attorneys and accredited representatives on appellate practice, preserving the record, and on particularly challenging legal issues.
Participate in legal training for staff and help keep staff informed of key developments in the areas of immigration law and policy.
Collaborate with the advocacy team on amicus strategies and draft amicus briefs.
Collaborate with partner organizations and Florence Project staff about important trends impacting FIRRP clients; gather relevant data, stories, and information about emerging trends for advocacy efforts; and help to develop and maintain effective mechanisms for tracking data regarding new trends in immigration enforcement as needed.
Communicate with national organizations about advocacy initiatives as needed, including amicus briefs, federal court litigation, international human rights advocacy, and relevant legislation.
Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
Participate in media outreach and participate in fundraising activities as necessary.
Participate in regular team and staff meetings as needed.
Other administrative and legal duties as assigned.
Other Duties & Responsibilities:
3 - 5+ years of quality litigation experience, preferably before the Immigration Court, BIA, or the federal Courts of Appeal. Experience in the following areas: appeals before BIA and Circuit Court of Appeals, removal defense, crim-imm, asylum, substantive and procedural due process, motions to reopen, and custody matters in particular are preferred.
J.D. and admission to any state bar.
Admitted or eligible for admission to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Excellent appellate legal writing and analytical skills are essential.
Experience drafting thorough appellate briefs, substantive motions, and making oral argument in support of motions and appeals.
Ability to work independently to manage your own caseload, while remaining adaptable and reliable in the face of conflict, pressure, crisis or changing priorities.
Demonstrate commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way.
Demonstrate a zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission.
Must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions.
Strong litigation experience and/or oral advocacy skills.
Strong legal research.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse populations.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Highly organized, an innovative thinker, and work in high-volume settings with limited resources.
Excellent problem solving, research and analytical skills.
Effectively manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Demonstrate to be a hardworking, flexible, respectful team player that can work effectively in a collaborative, innovative, and client centered work environment.
Ability to work independently, be adaptable and reliable in the face of conflict, pressure, crisis or changing priorities.
Exhibit high ethical standards and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
Must be able to pass federal and state background checks.
Travel is required for this position.
Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Proven computer skills. Advanced understanding of basic office applications.
Professional proficiency in Spanish and English is strongly preferred.
Experience on mentoring attorneys specifically in appellate practice or legal writing is a plus.
Prior experience working with trauma survivors or individuals with mental health issues is a plus.
Prior advocacy work in immigrant rights, human rights, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, or experience working with trauma survivors is a plus.
Operates in a professional office environment and requires the ability to sit for long periods of time with intermittent walking, standing, bending, squatting, pulling and pushing.
Requires the ability to use standard office equipment such as scanners, computers, keyboards, phones, shredders, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. Requires the ability to lift-up to ten pounds - accommodations may be available.
May require travel regularly between offices, and secondary work locations, including potentially Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for oral arguments.
May require substantial time in detention facilities and appellate courts as required for representation before the BIA or Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Effective September 1, 2021, FIRRP has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy. To comply with this policy, active employees must be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021. Employees seeking an exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely-held religious belief should contact our Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary & Benefits:
This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive for our field and geographical area and is commensurate with experience: $72,000-$90,000 Annually DOE. We strive to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. We offer excellent benefits, including:
Medical plans including health, dental, vision coverage, subject to plan terms
Short Term Disability
Eligibility for group benefits such as voluntary life insurance, subject to applicable waiting periods
Retirement plan, subject to plan terms
Paid Time Off earned on a biweekly accrual basis- Twenty-five (25) Days of Vacation Time, annually
Five (5) Days of Medical/Sick Time, annually
One (1) Day of Personal Time, monthly
Eight (8) Week Paid Sabbatical, after three years of employment
Company-paid federal holidays, all observed
Eligible for Parental Leave which includes Twelve (12) paid weeks
Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work.
Relocation Assistance for out of state new hires.
This is an immediate opening. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position will remain open until we receive enough qualified applicants. To apply, please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position as well as your resume, three professional references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, persons with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.
At FIRRP, we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the requirements of a job. If your experience is close to what you see listed in our current job opportunities, please still consider applying. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence, which is very much valued at FIRRP. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions. Please let us know if you require accommodations during the interview process.
This job announcement is for informational purposes only and is subject to change and modification without notice. This job announcement includes a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications and requirements of the position, but does not necessarily include all the job functions of the position. This position is eligible for membership in the union Proyecto Solidaridad-FIRRP affiliated with OPEIU Local 251.