Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is seeking applications for the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney position.

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005


March 2017

Background: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing direct and pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

Overview: KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in KIND’s New York field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms, corporate partners, and law schools. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will recruit, train and mentor volunteer firm and corporate attorneys to ensure effective pro bono representation of individual child clients before immigration and state courts, and immigration agencies. This position is full-time based on available funding and is currently funded through January 31, 2018.

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Conduct or oversee legal intakes and the provision of know-your-rights information to child clients;

2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;

3. Recruit, train, and provide expert advice and guidance to pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters;

4. Develop and maintain updated guidance memoranda, sample filings, and legal training presentations;

5. Provide direct representation to a limited number of child clients, with a primary focus on facilitation of pro bono representation by volunteer corporate and law firm attorneys;

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

6. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs in the New York office and the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training at KIND Headquarters;

7. Manage all operations related to the Robin Hood grant, including case management, data entry and maintenance, metrics compliance, reports, and supervision of a half-time paralegal and legal interns;

8. Work collaboratively with colleague organizations within the Immigrant Children Advocates Relief Effort (ICARE) Coalition of which KIND is a member, including ensuring docket coverage at the immigration court, and cross-referrals of child clients;

9. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission, and represent KIND at conferences, meetings, and other events as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Admission to practice law, preferably in the state of New York;

2. At least one to three years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas;

3. Family law experience a plus;

4. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;

5. A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;

6. Spanish speaking preferred;

7. An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;

8. Supervisory experience, preferably in legal setting;

9. Mentoring and training experience;

10. Excellent oral and written communication skills;

11. Excellent professional judgment;

12. Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently; and

13. Ability to work collaboratively.

To Apply:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at:

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than the posted deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.


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