Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, is seeking to hire an experienced attorney in a full-time Staff Attorney position. Depending on the candidate’s level of experience, the position could be classified as a Senior Staff Attorney position. The start date is flexible, but will ideally be in January or February 2021. We expect this to be a long term position, contingent on renewed funding. The 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 Managing Attorney, an experienced Staff Attorney, a Paralegal, and two post-graduate Detention Fellows, and now seeks to hire an additional experienced attorney. We will also hire an additional paralegal and part-time social worker. The Staff 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 Staff Attorney will also supervise a post-graduate fellow and nonclinical law student interns providing assistance with the project. The position will benefit from the support of a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project. 

Position requirements: 

  • A law degree; 
  • At least three 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 is not required, though it is a plus);  
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; 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 position is not term-limited and will be ongoing, contingent on funding being renewed. The salary is commensurate with experience, but will be at least $80,000, plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. The Immigrant Rights Clinic is housed at Rutgers Law School in Newark, a short train ride or drive away from New York City. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcript no later than January 21, 2021. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. To apply, go here.


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