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Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School
FIXED TERM FOR 3 YEARS
The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for a staff attorney position with its Immigrants' Rights Clinic ("IRC"). The Staff Attorney will join the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School where, together with the clinical faculty and staff, she or he will help train law students to work on immigrants' rights litigation and advocacy.
The IRC represents individual noncitizen clients in a variety of matters, including immigration court proceedings on behalf of noncitizens with criminal convictions, applications to secure status for noncitizen survivors of domestic violence, and asylum cases. The IRC also litigates immigrants' rights cases in the federal courts, including habeas petitions on behalf of detained noncitizens, appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and other federal courts of appeals, and other impact litigation on behalf of noncitizens challenging Department of Homeland Security policies. In addition to its litigation work, the IRC conducts advocacy on behalf of immigrants' rights organizations in a variety of areas, including advocating for immigrants in detention, working alongside local organizations in grassroots organizing, developing and distributing know-your-rights materials, legislative and regulatory advocacy, international human rights advocacy, and enabling immigrants' rights groups to access legal services.
The Staff Attorney will report directly to, and work in collaboration with, Professor Jayashri Srikantiah, Director of the IRC.
The Staff Attorney will participate in all activities of the clinic and will:
- engage in client development, including conducting intakes at the Mills Legal Clinic offices and local immigration detention facilities;
- participate in the supervision of clinic students, particularly small-group supervision and review of students' written work, client interactions, and oral advocacy;
- assist the IRC Director with curriculum design, development of teaching materials, classroom teaching, student evaluation, client selection, and clinic operations; and
- engage in substantial independent client representation.
The IRC is one of eleven clinics comprising the Mills Legal Clinic. The Stanford clinical program is unique in that students participate in a clinic on a full-time basis; the clinic is the only course a student takes during the term of enrollment.
Mills Legal Clinic attorneys are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School and university at large. The clinic provides resources for its lawyers to participate in continuing education and other professional development activities.
Applicants for the staff attorney position must have:
- 5-10 years experience representing clients before the immigration courts , the federal district courts, and the federal courts of appeals;
- experience conducting one or more forms of immigrants' rights advocacy, including administrative and legislative advocacy, public education, media work, or grassroots organizing;
- strong academic credentials;
- excellent teamwork skills; and
successful teaching and student supervision experience or the demonstrated potential for such teaching and supervision.
- Spanish language fluency is an additional plus factor.
The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions in nonprofits.
Applicants should submit resumes through http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/, referencing job number 51501.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with a preferred start date in July 2013.
In addition, applicants should send the following materials to the addresses below:
- a statement no longer than two pages describing: (i) prior experience in immigration litigation and advocacy; (ii) other relevant experience; and (iii) information relevant to the applicant's interest and potential for clinical supervision and teaching;
- a resume;
- a list of at least three references;
- a complete law school transcript; and
- a sample brief that the applicant authored (without substantial editing by others) that was filed in immigration court or the federal courts.
Applicants may send the materials electronically to Judy Gielniak, the Mills Legal Clinic administrative manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org . Hard copies may be sent to:
Professor of Law
Director, Immigrants' Rights Clinic
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
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