Supervising Attorney (Immigration)

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Immigration Services - Metairie, LA 70001

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Job Summary

The Supervising Attorney will supervise a team of Immigration Representatives and/or Attorneys who provide legal services to immigrants. This includes oversight of legal services provided by these staff members and providing training, technical assistance, and general programmatic support.

The Supervising Immigration Attorney will also provide quality legal representation to a caseload of immigrant children and adults, and will prepare cases for submission to the USCIS and EOIR, including but not limited to, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status, family petitions, naturalization applications, cancellation of removal, and other forms of immigration relief. S/he will also represent these clients in court or in detention when needed. S/he will coordinate all aspects of client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies.

Responsibilities and Duties

Additionally, the Supervising Immigration Attorney will:

  • Provide overall programmatic/administrative support to assist in the supervision of legal assistants, legal interns, and volunteers.
  • Provide support to pro-bono coordination efforts including pro bono recruitment, placement, mentoring, technical assistance, training, development of standard policies and procedures, etc.
  • Support the Managing Attorney and Director on legal advocacy issues related to immigration, including trainings and presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Participate as needed in program-wide and grant-specific data collection.
  • Participate in meetings with immigration legal service community-based organizations.
  • Support administrative functions in furtherance of grant implementation.

Qualifications and Skills


  • Juris Doctor degree with active membership in a State Bar required; Louisiana license strongly preferred.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) required.
  • Minimum two years or more experience practicing immigration law, or three years of other relevant experience; clinical experience will be counted.
  • Two years prior management/supervisory experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong public presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of law firm and corporate pro bono culture, and ability to represent CCANO’s legal programs before a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience with legal representation of unaccompanied children, immigration, and/or child dependency proceedings.
  • Experience working with children and/or survivors of abuse and trauma preferred.
  • Ability to work independently to manage a substantial workload with deadline pressures.
  • Competence in communicating and interacting with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds in a professional and compassionate manner, including interacting with individuals experiencing substantial levels of emotional, physical, financial, or other hardship.
  • Ability to use basic Microsoft Office programs and online database software.
  • Candidates must successfully complete required background checks and clearances.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • practicing immigration law: 2 years
  • other relevant clinical: 3 years

Required licenses or certifications:

  • active membership in a State Bar
  • Louisiana license

Required language:

  • Spanish
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The Access to Justice Tech Fellows program (ATJ Tech Fellows) is seeking diverse and entrepreneurial-minded first and second-year law students who are passionate about social justice and want to spend the next summer learning new ways to leverage technology to a real-life legal service delivery and access problem.

During the 10-week paid experiential program, over 20 competitively-selected fellows will gain dynamic, hands-on experience, build skills, develop networks, and increased knowledge while embedded in legal services organizations throughout the nation while working at the intersection of law and technology to develop innovative solutions and programs to improve access to justice. You can learn more about each of the 2018 summer positions here.

Participating Fellows become capable of integrating multidisciplinary approaches to solving legal service delivery problems. Promoting skills such as human-centered design, fostering empathy, project management, data analysis, cultural competency, and the ability to develop, test, and implement new justice based technology solutions to more efficiently meet the legal needs of poor and marginalized communities. Last year’s inaugural class of Fellows worked on projects such as designing interactive online legal forms for self-represented litigants and creating an online portal to support greater pro bono attorney involvement.

The Fellowship application is open now. The Deadline to apply is February 9, 2018, at 8:00 pm EST. Law students must apply through the online application portal or download the application and email their completed application package to

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There is a fellowship opportunity with Resolution Systems Institute. RSI would like to work a current 3L or recent grad (less than 5 years) to apply for the American Bar Association NextGen Fellowship to build out their online dispute resolution program for IL courts. Applications are due on January 12.

Learn More: ABA NextGen Fellow Posting Final


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Rural Summer Legal Corps Project: Bayou Country Rural Outreach Project — Public Libraries

Grantee: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Contact: Laura Tuggle

Number of Fellows Sought: 1

Location of Fellows: Houma, LA

Topic of Project: Bayou Country Rural Outreach Project — Public Libraries

Description of Fellow Project:

For fifty years, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) has helped stabilize and achieve justice for low-income people by providing award winning civil legal help, advocacy, and community education. We are the largest nonprofit civil legal aid provider in Louisiana with six offices staffed by almost 100 employees. Though our service area covers only one third of the state’s parishes, 50% of Louisiana’s low-income residents live within them, with some of the highest poverty rates in the country.

Last year, SLLS began the Bayou Country Rural Outreach Project, which involved holding clinics at local public libraries. SLLS seeks a Rural Summer Legal Corps fellow to maintain and expand the Bayou Country Rural Outreach Project. The fellow will help replicate the successful legal clinic model to provide direct legal services in partnership with rural libraries. The project requires collaboration with local librarians, the 17th Judicial District, and the Louisiana State Bar Association’s LEAP (Library Education and Awareness Program) coordinator, as well as outreach to community partners to reach the client community. The fellow will identify stakeholders for community outreach about SLLS, develop and distribute outreach materials about our new legal clinics in partnership with rural libraries and the 17th Judicial District Self-Help Desk, and attend partner meetings to establish legal clinics, and meet with supervisor about the project. They will also organize legal clinics, prepare materials for clinics, assist with clinic intake and interviewing, help the supervising attorney with follow up work on extended service cases, conduct legal research and write memos as needed, assist with Self-Help Desk on days it is open, and work with the attorney to advocate for clients. Finally, the fellow will evaluate the effectiveness of the project in partnership with libraries, the court, obtain client satisfaction surveys, and make any needed recommendations about how to improve the project.

Applicant Qualifications: N/A

The deadline is 2/11/2018.

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Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.

SLLS anticipates hiring for the following positions:

  • 1 Staff Attorney in Baton Rouge to work at our Capital Area One Stop Project
  • This position mostly involves disability benefits work for chronically homeless people working in close partnership with staff at the One Stop Center and is under the supervision of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self­motivation, capacity to work well with others.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. An offer of employment may also be made contingent on passage of the February 2018 bar exam. SLLS does not permit the outside practice of law. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $39,000-$48,000 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at by January 15, 2018.



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The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center is soliciting applications for summer law clerks. The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings.

Learn More: Louisiana Capital Assistance Center Summer 2018 Law Clerks

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California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is pleased to announce a unique incubator program — focused on developing an arts, entertainment and innovation law practice. CLA’s Modest Means Incubator Program (MMIP) is geared toward entrepreneurial attorneys seeking to start their own law practice (graduated from law school 5 years or less). CLA’s MMIP offers 30+ mentors and access to many law office management resources to support practice development.

Learn More: CLA MMIP Flyer

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Community Justice Project, based in Miami, FL, is seeking a Research and Advocacy Associate to join our dynamic and growing movement lawyering team. This position offers the exciting opportunity to work in close collaboration with a group of social justice organizations in South Florida seeking to shift the landscape and advance a transformative agenda for human rights and racial justice.

The Research and Advocacy Associate will provide much-needed research and writing support for ongoing projects, including campaigns in the areas of anti-gentrification, criminal justice, immigrant, and workers’ rights. The Associate will also participate in activities and meetings of Community Justice Project’s organizational partners.

Position: Full time, salaried position for 6 months with the opportunity for renewal. 40+ hours per week.

Benefits: Healthcare (Small Business Health Reimbursement Arrangement) and cell phone reimbursement upon hiring; retirement contributions after period of employment.

Location: Miami, FL

Start Date: January 2018


  • Research, using a variety of methods including participatory and scholarly research, data analysis and empirical research;
  • Drafting of reports and white papers for community education and advocacy purposes, including consolidation of findings from community efforts, statistical/data analysis and desk-based research into summary reports;
  • Creating communications and advocacy materials, including infographics, blog posts and social media tools; and
  • Attending meetings, actions and community events that relate to specific research project(s) or ground work.


  • Based on engagement with community partners, assessing the need for additional strategic research and communications to support community led campaigns;
  • Shifting narratives to ensure community voices are centered, and racial justice and human rights frames are lifted up in public discourse;
  • Identifying where research can be leveraged and deployed, as well as creative ways of delivering it to wide and diverse audiences; and
  • Working alongside a dynamic team of lawyers and legal workers dedicated to advancing work led by organized communities of color.


  • Strong research skills, including data analysis, mapping, and visualization.
  • Very strong verbal and writing skills.
  • Deep commitment to and enthusiasm for racial justice and human rights.
  • Understanding of transformative organizing led by low-income Black and Brown people, intersectionality, and anti-oppression principles and practices.
  • Understanding how lawyers work in service of movements is a plus.
  • Experience working in coalitions and collaborating with diverse partners across a wide range of issue areas.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently in fast-paced environment, and pivot when necessary.
  • Experience working in racial justice, human rights, or social justice spaces.
  • Language skills in Spanish, Haitian Creole or French strongly preferred but not required.
  • A law degree is not required.

Applications will be reviewed and position will be filled on a rolling basis. Please email with a resume, cover letter, writing sample and two references in a single PDF document with your name in the title by December 29, 2017 for priority consideration. Please use “Research and Advocacy Associate Application” as the subject line of your email.

Community Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, people with disabilities, returning citizens, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender individuals.

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

2018 Paid Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School

                The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted from December 4, 2017 and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,960 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.50/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 17, 2018, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2018, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Advanced Sentencing Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 10, 2018.  Early applications are encouraged.

Yale Law School is an Affirmative Action,

Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer

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The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two year fellowship position designed for junior attorneys with less than three years’ experience in criminal work. The intent of the fellowship is to provide less experienced attorneys with an intense and in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Fellows will participate in researching and drafting legal filings, factual and mitigation investigation, record gathering, client visitation, case team meetings, case management, court preparation and office-wide strategic discussions. Fellows should expect to work long hours and face high expectations.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993.  The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings. We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and in federal cases.

In recent years, the LCAC has been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as prosecutorial misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, adequate indigent defense funding and the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments. In the context of its casework, the LCAC pursues impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

The intended start date for the position is September 2018, though there is some flexibility.  Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Linda Cortez at CV, writing sample, law school transcript, and contact information for three references. Applicants must be barred in Louisiana or willing to take the next Louisiana bar exam. The position is open until filled but motivated applicants should aim to submit materials as soon as possible. More information about LCAC can be found at The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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