Tuesday, December 10, 2019
New York University Immigrant Defense Initiative Seeks Staff Attorney
N1ew York University’s Immigrant Defense Initiative (IDI) seeks a full-time Staff Attorney for a one-year
contract position with the possibility of renewal. IDI is a project of NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights
Clinic, directed by Professors Alina Das and Nancy Morawetz. IDI provides free legal advice,
representation, and referrals to members of the NYU community, including students and staff, who are at
risk of deportation or who are otherwise in need of urgent legal immigration support. IDI also organizes
Know Your Rights trainings and other community events in response to ongoing concerns with
immigration policies and recent legal developments.
● Legal Screenings & Direct Representation: The Staff Attorney will be responsible for conducting
screenings and consultations, and representing members of the NYU community in removal defense
and/or affirmative applications and waivers as needed.
● Referrals: The Staff Attorney will work closely with our pro bono law firm partners to refer cases
for longer term representation and/or additional support.
● Community Education: The Staff Attorney will conduct Know Your Rights trainings and present
at community events. They will also be responsible for developing materials and advisories in
relation to current and potential changes to immigration law and policy.
● Community Outreach & Support: The Staff Attorney will conduct broader outreach in the NYU
community and will work closely with directly affected groups on campus, including undocumented
students, to identify needs and provide additional support as needed.
● A minimum of two years of experience working in removal defense is required.
● Experience with asylum law, family visas and related waivers is strongly preferred.
● Familiarity with student and employment visas, and naturalization applications is preferred but not
● Must be comfortable with and interested in conducting Know Your Rights trainings and community
● Must be interested in working directly with students and other directly affected groups on campus.
● Must be able to work independently without direct supervision.
Terms of Position and Salary:
The position is available for one year, with the possibility of renewal. The position is full-time (35 hours
per week) with a flexible work schedule and the ability to work remotely. Salary will be commensurate
The position comes with a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental and vision. Further
information regarding benefits can be found here.
Applicants should submit a resume/CV and a cover letter describing their interest in the position and
relevant experience to the Immigrant Defense Initiative Program Coordinator, Noelia Rodriguez, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through January 2, 2020.