Monday, November 23, 2020

Job Announcement: Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Managing Attorney for its Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI) Project 



The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, is seeking to hire an experienced attorney to serve as Managing Attorney in its Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI) project, to start in November or December 2020. Depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications, the title could also be Senior Managing Attorney. We expect this to be a long term position, contingent on renewed funding. The Managing Attorney will work with Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC), and staff attorneys and staff in the clinic’s detention project.   

The Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic is one of four partners in an exciting and innovative project, funded by the state of New Jersey and Essex county, to provide legal representation to detained immigrants. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide universal representation to immigrants detained in New Jersey. With this funding, Rutgers has hired a Senior Detention Attorney, an experienced Staff Attorney, a Paralegal, and two post-graduate Detention Fellows, and now seeks to hire an additional experienced attorney. The Managing Attorney will represent detained immigrants before the immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals and/or in habeas petitions before the federal courts (depending on the successful candidate’s interest and experience). The Managing Attorney will also oversee the DDDI project’s operations, including case assignment, hiring, professional development of the office staff, and budgeting, and will supervise the project attorneys and nonclinical law student interns providing assistance with the project. The caseload for the position will be appropriately reduced to take into account these managerial duties. The position will benefit from the support of a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project. 

Position requirements: 

  • A law degree; 
  • At least five years’ experience representing immigrants, preferably detained immigrants, before the immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts; 
  • Membership in a bar of any state (NJ bar membership or willingness to become a member of the NJ bar is desired);  
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team (managerial or supervisory experience is desired, though not required); and 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills (fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, though not required).  

This is a full time, year-round position. The Immigrant Rights Clinic is housed at Rutgers Law School in Newark, a short train ride or drive away from New York City. (Given the pandemic, the position will likely begin remotely, but we anticipate this will be an in-person position, once it is safe to return to the office.) The salary will be commensurate with experience, but we anticipate that it will be between $90,000 – $110,000/year, plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial law school transcript no later than December 15, 2020. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. To apply, go here.  

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