Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Portrait of Asian Americans in the Legal Profession 2.0

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), in collaboration with the American Bar Foundation, recently released  A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law 2.0: Identity and Action in Challenging Times (Portrait Project 2.0). Five years ago, I was very moved by the original Portrait Project report and worked with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Asian Pacific American Law Students Association in Colorado to bring the primary author, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, to Colorado during a snowstorm. This follow-up study is just as good and even more necessary.  

The updated report (77 pages) combines detailed analysis of employment data in various legal sectors to gain insight into Asian American career advancement and political participation. It is based on interviews, focus groups, and a national survey completed by over 700 Asian American lawyers. 

Some of the key findings: 

  • Asian American attorneys are more engaged with social and political issues than in 2016. Those seeking to change their legal practice areas ranked a desire to advance issues important to them among their most significant reasons for doing so. (This was previously ranked among the least significant reasons). 
  • Nearly half of Asian American attorneys (47% of survey respondents) became more involved in community organizations, protests, or other forms of advocacy specifically on behalf of Asian Americans since March 2020. 
  • Although there is underrepresentation of Asian American attorneys in the top ranks of the legal progression, there has been progress in the appointment of federal judges (from 3.4% to 6%) and as general counsel. While Asian Americans are the largest minority group at major law firms, they have the lowest ratio of partners to associates and remain underrepresented among law clerks, law professors, state court judges, and state and federal prosecutors.

Read the full report here.

Apa portrait 2


December 6, 2022 in Current Affairs, Data and Research, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 3, 2022

White landowners in Hawaii imported Russian workers in the early 1900s, to dilute the labor power of Asians in the islands


I learned something from this contribution ("White landowners in Hawaii imported Russian workers in the early 1900s, to dilute the labor power of Asians in the islands") in the Conversation. Stepan Serdiukov, Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Indiana University, writes about how, in the territory of Hawaii, landowners wanting to become a state brought workers to the islands from Russia.


December 3, 2022 in Current Affairs, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 31, 2022

CALS Graduate Teaching Fellowships

2023-2025 Clinical Teaching Fellowship

The Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at Georgetown Law announces that it is now accepting applications for its annual fellowship program in clinical legal education. CALS will offer one lawyer a two‑year teaching fellowship (July 2023‑June 2025), providing a unique opportunity to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting.

This fellowship is particularly suitable for lawyers with some degree of practice experience who now want to embark upon careers in law teaching. 

Since 1995, CALS has specialized in immigration law, specifically in asylum practice, and in immigration court and in asylum adjudications by the Department of Homeland Security. Applicants with experience in U.S. immigration law will therefore be given preference. The fellow must be a member of a bar at the start of the fellowship period.

The fellow will receive full tuition and fees in the LL.M. program at Georgetown University, and a stipend of 57,000 in the first year and 60,000 in the second year. On successful completion of the requirements, the Fellow will be granted the degree of Master of Laws (Advocacy) with distinction.

The faculty members directing CALS are Andrew Schoenholtz and Philip Schrag.

To apply, send a resume, an official or unofficial law school transcript, a writing sample, and a detailed statement of interest (approximately 5 pages). The materials must arrive by December 1, 2022. The statement should address: a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the Clinic; c) your experience with asylum and other immigration cases; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; e) your reactions to the Clinic’s goals and teaching methods as described on its website anything else that you consider pertinent. Address your application to Directors, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown Law, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 332, Washington, D.C. 20001, or electronically to lawcalsclinic@georgetown.edu.


October 31, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Job Announcement: Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic Director


It's time to update your resume! The Houston Law Center is looking for a new immigration clinic director.

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) invites applications for a promotion-eligible, non-tenure track clinical assistant/associate professor position and Director of the Immigration Clinic for the academic year 2023-2024. The contract is for nine months, 9/1/2023 to 5/31/2024, the "FY 24 Contract," beginning when classes start in late August 2023 and continuing through the middle of May 2024.

The Immigration Clinic handles all types of family‐based and humanitarian cases, with emphasis on asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture cases, in addition to other violence‐related claims, such as Violence Against Women’s Act, Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, humanitarian parole, and crime victims (U visas). The clinic also handles T visas, and has helped in a variety of Crimmigration cases where the respondents were detained in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and needed a habeas petition in federal district court.

The Immigration Clinic has a classroom component that meets for two hours a week for 14 weeks over the course of the semester. The classroom component focuses on teaching advocacy skills and substantive immigration law to equip students to represent immigrants before the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review and other federal agencies.

The position will cover the classroom component of the clinical instruction and the case supervision component. The position will also supervise at least two staff attorneys and manage grants that fund the clinic’s work.

More details are at this link. Good luck future Cougars!


August 24, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

ABA Administrative Law Fellowship Seeking Practitioners Who Want to Be Law Professors

The American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice is inviting applications for its ABA Administrative Law Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 2021, aims to diversify the cohort of legal academics in administrative law and regulatory practice by positioning lawyers currently in practice to be successful job candidates in the academic market. The fellowship is a two-year program that pairs fellows with mentors in the legal academy and provides other support for entry into legal teaching. 

The goal of the mentoring match is to assist fellows with developing a research agenda, job-talk paper, and other application materials for the legal academic job market (doctrinal and clinical). The program will also provide some general training on research methods and strategy. The program seeks to affiliate fellows with a law school to provide access to online research and publication resources. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work in connection with the Section’s annual Fall Conference. The fellowship will provide up to $1,500 a year to defer the costs of travel and accommodations for participation in the Section’s Fall Conference and hiring conferences, as well as membership in the ABA and the Section.

The ABA is seeking “lawyers with scholarly promise and a strong interest in teaching who would contribute to the diversity of the legal academy in the fields of administrative law and/or regulatory practice.” Fellows are expected to be employed full-time in legal practice. Application materials should include:

  1.  A cover letter that explains the candidate’s interest in the fellowship and how the candidate fits the fellowship criteria, including a diversity statement, and addresses why the candidate believes this fellowship opportunity is better suited to their circumstances than a full-time law school-run fellowship or Visiting Assistant Professor position, and identifies at least two references.
  2. A resume.
  3. A writing sample, which may be material produced for legal practice, a blog, an article, a report, or other written work.

Applications are due on or before Monday, August 15, 2022, and should be sent via e-mail with attachments in pdf format to anne.kiefer@americanbar.org. If you have questions about the fellowship or the application, please direct them to Professor Kevin Stack, Chair of the ABA’s Program for Prospective Administrative Law Scholars, at kevin.stack@vanderbilt.edu.

Having mentored Haiyun Damon-Feng, a fellow in the first cohort whose straddled immigration and administrative law and seen her move into a Visiting Assistant Professorship at my alma mater NYU Law, I can say that the program is finding good people and putting them in good places!


July 13, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Binger Center for New Americans (U. of Minn.)


The University of Minnesota Law School seeks a visionary leader, committed to immigration advocacy and justice, to lead the Binger Center for New Americans. The Executive Director is the primary staff administrator responsible for (1) leading the Center in the ongoing development and implementation of its vision and core mission, especially the Education & Outreach Program, (2) leading partnership collaboration and communication necessary to promote and engage in the Center’s work, and (3) fostering connections with a broad constituency of networks, community partners and immigrant advocates in the region and nationally. The Executive Director works in collaboration with the Center’s faculty director and engages clinical faculty, staff, and law students together with the Center’s partners and stakeholders, the Director of the Law Clinics, and Law School leadership in order to set and carry out the Center’s priorities.

The Center’s Education and Outreach Program connects the Center’s clinics to community needs and goals, which inform the development of the Center’s programs and litigation to protect immigrants and impact the immigration system. Through legal education, organizing, pro bono legal services, and capacity building, the Education and Outreach Program supports community efforts to break down systemic barriers and empower communities.

The Executive Director will be a skilled and experienced community-driven leader, with expertise in immigration advocacy and a thoughtful eye for partnership opportunities to advance immigrant rights work across the Law School, the Twin Cities community and beyond. They will be adept at encouraging broad community-building, engagement, and action-oriented results.

Job Duties:

Lead and Implement Strategic Planning & Initiatives – 20%

  • Lead the overall vision, strategic planning, and execution of initiatives for the Binger Center, in partnership with the Binger Center’s faculty director, clinical faculty, and staff, partners, and stakeholders, as well as the broader Clinic and Law School leadership.
  • Engage and foster connections with a broad constituency of networks, community partners and immigrant advocates in the region and nationally with Binger Center initiatives.
  • Develop partnership opportunities to advance the Binger Center’s work across the Law School, the Twin Cities community and beyond.
  • Engage in development opportunities, in partnership with the Law School’s Advancement team, that align with the Binger Center’s and Law School’s needs.

Direct the Education & Outreach Program - 50%

  • Direct the Binger Center’s Education and Outreach Program and the program’s initiatives, including supervising the Community Outreach & Program Coordinator.
  • Provide oversight and implement the Education and Outreach programs alongside Center outreach staff and law students and volunteers. A range of activities include: large-scale community workshops to designed to help immigrants understand their legal rights, working collaboratively with community partners to develop advisories, guides, and other tools to support new immigrants and the agencies that serve them, an annual full-day continuing legal education conference, educational seminars designed to train pro bono lawyers and law students for immigration-related public service, general public events, and student-led presentations.
  • Lead existing Education and Outreach programs, including: Rural Immigrant Access Initiative, Afghan Evacuee Project, Translation and Interpretation Program, Human Rights Defender Court Observation Project, and law student service learning trips.
  • Lead or, in partnership with an adjunct faculty member, manage the semester-long Rural Immigrant Access Clinic, including working with clinical law students to develop pop-up legal clinics in rural communities that have limited access to immigration attorneys and have experienced dramatic increases in immigration apprehension and detention.
  • Lead the Binger Center’s Immigration Law Field Placement course and identify opportunities for law student experiential learning opportunities in the area of immigration law and policy.

Lead and Oversee Operations for the Center - 20%

  • Serve as the primary liaison for the Center with Clinic and Law School Leadership, as well as with the University of Minnesota and the greater community.
  • Oversee operations for the Binger Center, including coordinating adjunct faculty, graduate and undergrad interns, and student and community volunteers.
  • Maintain the Binger Center’s discretionary budget and set budget priorities in consultation with Clinic and Law School leadership.
  • Develop and implement internal procedures for planning, outcome tracking, and communication, including leading planning sessions and community needs assessments with external partners.

Lead and Oversee Communications for the Center - 10%

  • Develop and lead the Center’s communication's plan, including public messaging and media outreach on an ongoing and as-needed basis.
  • Implement the Binger Center’s media strategy in collaboration with the Law School’s Communications Department and Clinic Leadership, including the annual report and ongoing messaging.



  • BA/BS with at least 6 years of experience in community-driven work
  • Demonstrated understanding of U.S. immigration law and policy
  • Experience and skills in advocacy, activism, or community-driven work that aligns with the core values of the Binger Center
  • Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining relationships
  • Capacity to effectively communicate, work collaboratively, directly supervise, and engage with staff and stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, and public communication skills; leadership, problem-solving, and consensus-building capacity; professional judgment and discretion


  • J.D. from an A.B.A. accredited law school or other advanced professional degree with at least 4 years of professional experience dedicated to immigration-related community education and outreach, or a bachelors or higher degree with at least 8 years of professional experience dedicated to immigration-related community education and outreach
  • Nonprofit or higher education leadership experience

To apply, go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job number 347632. This position is open until filled. Candidates, including people of color and women, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will only be accepted through the University of Minnesota online employment system and only complete applications will be considered. A complete application consists of a resume, cover letter, contact information for three references who will not be contacted without prior notice, and a diversity statement.

May 10, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Clinical Fellow Opening at Duke Law Immigrant Rights Clinic

Duke Law seeks to fill a Clinical Fellow position in its Immigrant Rights Clinic beginning in August 2022. The Clinical Fellow will work closely with the two faculty in the Immigrant Rights Clinic—its Director and Supervising Attorney/Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching). The Fellow will help supervise student casework and participate in the planning and teaching of the Clinic seminar. They will also assist in supporting the events and pro bono projects organized by the Duke Immigrant & Refugee Project (DIRP), including emergency response programs, and community resource development. The Clinical Fellow will also work closely with faculty and staff in the Clinic and DIRP’s student leaders to identify new projects and expand existing programs. The individual selected for the position will receive mentorship in teaching, scholarship, and immigrant rights lawyering and will have an opportunity to work with other faculty members throughout the law school.

The term of appointment is for two years with the possibility of an extension for a third year. Applicants must apply through AcademicJobsOnline.org (position 21470) (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21470 ) no later than April 29. Please also send a copy of all application materials to Lauren Maxey at lauren.maxey@law.duke.edu. Applications are considered on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.

March 22, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 21, 2022

Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Detention Fellow

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey (IRC), is seeking to hire recent law graduates for full-time positions in its Detention & Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI) project, to start in the summer or early fall of 2022. The initial appointment is for one year, but we expect the position to be renewed for a second year, contingent on continued funding. The DDDI Fellow will work with Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the IRC, Managing Attorney Leena Khandwala, and staff attorneys in the DDDI project. The DDDI team is also supported by a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project.

In 2018, the state of New Jersey committed funds to establish a pilot project aimed at providing pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants in the state. The IRC is one of four partners in this exciting and innovative project. Since 2018, the funding and capacity of the DDDI project has expanded greatly, allowing us to move closer to our goal of ensuring legal representation for all low-income New Jersey immigrants in detained and non-detained removal proceedings. The DDDI Fellow will represent detained immigrants as well as those immigrants who have been recently released from detention and/or are vulnerable to being detained, in their proceedings before the Elizabeth, Newark, and other Immigration Courts; the Board of Immigration Appeals; the federal District Courts; and the federal Courts of Appeals, as appropriate. The DDDI Fellow will also coordinate clinical and nonclinical law students representing these individuals or providing assistance the project. Additionally, the DDDI Fellow will assist with maintaining data about DDDI Project outcomes and statistics for grant reports and other reporting purposes and may also participate in policy and advocacy around issues pertaining to our clients and constituents.

Position requirements:

  • A law degree;
  • Membership in a bar of any state or plans to become a member of a state bar shortly after commencement of the position;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigration law, including familiarity with immigration law and procedures, and/or experience representing immigrants (including, but not limited to, law school clinical experience).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • NJ bar membership is a plus, though not required; and
  • Fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, though not required.

This is a full time, year-round position. The initial appointment is one year, but we expect the position to be renewed for a second year, contingent on continued funding. The salary is $55,000/year plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume no later than March 15, 2022. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. To apply, please go to https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/155225 or click here.

February 21, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cornell hiring postdocs in immigration

Cornell Law School is seeking to hire 1-2 Postdoctoral Associates to collaborate with and contribute to Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr’s foundation-funded research on various immigration law and policy issues, including but not limited to:

  • Private refugee sponsorship.
  • How to legalize the estimated 10 million undocumented immigrants.
  • Possible paths to permanent status for immigrants who are currently in tenuous immigration statuses like DACA and temporary protected status.
  • The economic, sociological, and educational outcomes of immigrants and refugees under recent changes.
  • The extent to which immigrants fail to use public benefits to which they are entitled.

The selected candidate(s) will conduct research on one or more of these key immigration issues, write reports and op-eds, and coordinate conferences on the findings and recommendations. The selected candidate(s) may also assist on research and analysis of other immigration policy issues through the Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Center and Cornell’s Migration Global Grand Challenge 


Applicants must have a relevant Ph.D. and/or a law degree (J.D.) completed by June 2022. The ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Superior analytical skills and an ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Self-motivation with the ability to take the initiative and follow through on projects to completion.
  • Ability to work independently and with others.
  • A demonstrated commitment to immigration law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 


This is a full-time position for a period of one-year starting in summer 2022, and is benefits-eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible, based on performance and funding availability. 

The selected candidate(s) will receive an annual salary of $57,500. 

The position may be conducted either in-person at the Law School in Ithaca, NY or remotely at a location of choice in the United States. Please note that the New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for the position if the work is conducted outside of NYS. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working outside NYS. 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a CV, detailed cover letter, the names of and contact information for three references, and one or more writing samples to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21049. The cover letter should include: your interest in this position and Professor Yale-Loehr’s research and how it fits with your career objectives; your organizational skills and experience with research projects; and an example of how you have taken initiative to solve a work-related research problem.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants. 

Questions may be referred to Liz Flint (liz.flint@cornell.edu). 

February 21, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Summer 2022 Immigration Internships for Law Students [UPDATED]

The start of spring semester means job searching for law students and graduates. Here are some legal internships posted on the immprof-list serve. Please additional listings in comments.

Summer Positions

The Valerie Zukin Memorial Fellowship was established in September 2021 to honor Valerie Anne Zukin by advancing the development of more fierce and compassionate immigration lawyers like her. Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural two summer fellows, who will be housed at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Tacoma, WA and Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) in Oakland, CA. All positions are currently remote. 

The postings are on idealist.orghere (ILD) and here (NWIRP). There is a PDF of the combined announcement attached. Kindly share widely, especially with law students or colleagues at law schools that do not offer summer public interest funding. The 10-week summer fellowships will pay $15,000 each. If you would like to consider a donation to honor Valerie, or just to learn more about her incredible spirit and legacy, please visit: bit.ly/ValerieZukinMemorialFellowship


The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is accepting applications for summer internships (h/t Michelle Mendez)

Legal interns are exposed to a wide range of legal research and writing projects, including amicus briefs, pleadings in affirmative lawsuits, client declarations, practice advisories, legislative analysis, legal memoranda, advocacy letters, FOIA requests, and comments on proposed immigration regulations. Interns also assist with the National Immigration Project's outreach and advocacy work. The National Immigration Project seeks candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to immigrants' rights. Preference is given to those law students who have taken an immigration law class or have prior experience working on immigrants' rights issues. Students with law school clinical experience are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people with personal experience of the immigration enforcement system, immigrants, women, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons with diverse gender and sexual identities, and formerly incarcerated people. The internship is remote. Interns are expected to work full-time for a duration of 10 weeks. A small stipend may be available for applicants who do not have funding or are not receiving academic credit. Please note your availability and funding situation in your cover letter.

Interested candidates may apply by submitting PDFs of a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample of no longer than 5 pages by email to internships@nipnlg.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in order to be considered for an internship position.


The American Immigration Council and New American Economy (merged) is hiring two interns for summer 2022, a legal intern and a policy intern. (H/t Kate Melloy Goettel at AIC)

Policy Internship - Summer 2022 | American Immigration Council

Legal Internship - Summer 2022 | American Immigration Council


The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies is currently hiring a cohort of summer 2022 law clerks. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. (H/T Blaine Bookey at CGRS)

Law clerk position listing


The Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law is looking for two law students to work with us this summer. (H/T Ahilan Arulananthan)

Law Student Position Listing


Applications for the 2022 UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Summer Fellowship now open. Learn more & access application: humanrights.berkeley.edu/students/fello If you have questions about UC Berkeley's process or need contacts at other campuses, please contact Alexey Berlind at hrcfellowships@berkeley.edu


Permanent Positions

Just Futures Law (JFL) is hiring a full-time, remote Senior Staff Attorney with litigation expertise! This attorney will engage in litigation and advocacy to combat tech policing deployed against immigrant communities, defend the First Amendment rights of immigrants, and challenge immigration enforcement.  Just Futures Law, Inc. (JFL) is a womxn-of-color-led movement law project that defends and builds the power of immigrant rights and criminal justice activists, organizers, and community groups to prevent the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants and people of color in the United States, JFL’s work is virtual and a staff of 5 works remotely in D.C., MA, NC, and NY. All positions are remote within the U.S.

To learn more and apply to join our team, click here


NIJC is offering two 2-year funded fellowships. The selected fellows will provide legal representation to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.  The fellowships will begin in September 2022. To apply, see  https://immigrantjustice.org/schreiber-fellowships-fall-2022.

 The specific work of the fellows will be determined based on the interests of candidates and NIJC’s needs. One fellow will work with NIJC’s asylum project and immigrant children’s project. A second position will provide legal services responding to emerging issues that NIJC identifies. For example, the emerging-issues fellow might be called on to work with individuals detained at the border, or individuals who may become eligible for immigration status based on changes in immigration laws and/or policy. Both fellowships will begin immediately following Labor Day in September 2022, and they will last until the end of August 2024. Applications for the fellowship are due on or before February 28, 2022, and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the deadline. Fellows will be based in NIJC’s Chicago or Indiana offices and/or in a hybrid-remote arrangement depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be eligible to seek permanent employment with NIJC if there are pending positions, and will receive strong consideration for any open position at NIJC. The fellowship is open to current 3Ls and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years. To apply, see https://immigrantjustice.org/schreiber-fellowships-fall-2022


Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is hiring for several positions with our program to provide legal services to unaccompanied children at the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Ft. Bliss Emergency Intake Site in El Paso, Texas. All positions are based in El Paso and include Managing Attorney, Staff Attorney, and Social Services Coordinator and Program Coordinator. Postings and application instructions are listed on KIND’s job page here:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/jobs/.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is hiring law clerks and recent or soon-to-be-gradated law school alum to serve as entry-level attorneys in multiple locations nationwide. Policy analyst positions also available. (H/T Steve Bell, Steve Legomsky)

USCIS Entry-Level Attorney Listing

USCIS USA Jobs listings



January 25, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Job Announcement: Immigration Clinic Director (Tenure Track Position) - Univ. of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

Immigration Clinic Director (Tenure Track Position) - Univ. of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

The University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville) invites applications from both entry-level and lateral candidates for a tenure track teaching position. The law school is focused on hiring an individual to direct our existing and successful Immigration Clinic. This is a nine-month position and would begin in Summer 2022. 

In furtherance of the law school’s fundamental commitment to experiential learning and equity, clinical professors have full tenure rights and equal voting privileges on all issues. They also have equal access to support for their scholarship, including research assistance and research grants.   

All applicants for the position should ideally have meaningful practice experience in immigration or asylum law and some familiarity with supervising law students or new attorneys. Additionally, candidates should ideally have demonstrated scholarly promise, strong teaching or mentorship skills, a distinguished academic record, and a commitment to service within the law school, university, and broader community. Any successful applicant will be expected to gain admission to the Arkansas bar.

The University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, located in the northwest corner of the state, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the city of Fayetteville as one of the “top five” places to live in America. The region is welcoming, forward-thinking, and full of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The University of Arkansas School of Law is committed to attracting a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. We welcome applications without regard to age, race/color, gender, pregnancy, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Questions and applications should be directed to Steve Clowney, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at sclowney@uark.edu.

Potential candidates can learn more about our clinical program by reviewing our most recent annual newsletters:

January 5, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Student writing competition on refugee law

The 8th Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition is seeking papers addressing any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, and/or forced migrants. 

The Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition is sponsored by the American Society of International Law (through its International Refugee Law Interest Group); along with the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva; the International Law Students Association; the International Journal of Refugee Law, and Oxford University Press.

The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2022.

For more information, contact Ian Kysel & Alice Farmer (co-chairs, ASIL International Refugee Law Interest Group)


December 11, 2021 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

NILC Law Fellowship

The National Immigration Law Center has established a two-year NILC Law Fellowship. It is  accepting applications for our first NILC Law Fellow, to begin a fellowship term from Fall 2022-Fall 2024.   Additional information and a link to apply are available here, and the application deadline is January 7, 2022. 

MHC (h/t Lisa Graybill)

December 11, 2021 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Dissertation Grants on Immigration and Immigrant Integration

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce a dissertation research grants (DRG) program to support innovative and high-quality dissertation research projects that address questions relevant to RSF's priority areas: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Future of Work ; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. Proposed projects must be closely aligned with the funding priorities listed on the RSF website for any of these areas, contribute to RSF's mission to improve social and living conditions in the U.S., and demonstrate appropriate use of relevant theory, innovative data, rigorous research methods, and measures. The application period is January 18-February 1, 2021.

Read the full description of the dissertation research grants program, including information on how to apply.

December 7, 2021 in Data and Research, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Post-Graduate Fellowship: Diversity Fellowships with the Federal Defender

The Federal Defender Services has announced a Diversity Fellowship for the next generation of public defenders. Defense work in the federal defender system is especially important for immigrant rights given the impact of criminal convictions on noncitizens, and the federal government's role in prosecuting immigration crime.

The Diversity Fellowship is for two years and designed to train new attorneys in criminal defense and representation.

For more information and a list of offices participating in the program, see https://diversityfellowship.fd.org/frontpage.


December 7, 2021 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Summer Opportunity for Rising 2Ls, 3Ls w/Young Center (Jan. 7 app deadline)

Elizabeth Frankel Fellowship at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights


Application deadline: January 7, 2022.


About the Young Center.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is a national organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights and best interests—safety and well-being—of immigrant children in the United States. Through the Young Center’s Child Advocate Program, staff and volunteers work to serve as Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children pursuant to the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. Our role is to identify and advocate for the best interests of immigrant children, both while they are in federal custody and after they are released, applying federal and state laws and long-recognized principles of the best interests of the child. The Young Center also engages in policy work, advocating with legislators, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to promote consideration of the best interests of the child in all decisions concerning immigrant children and to create a dedicated juvenile immigrant justice system that treats children as children. The Young Center has offices in Chicago, Harlingen, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Washington DC.


About Elizabeth M. Frankel.

Elizabeth M. Frankel (1977-2021) was the first Associate Director of the Young Center. She joined the Young Center in late 2009, as just the third full-time employee, becoming part of a trio of attorneys in Chicago who would develop and implement an entirely new model for advocating for the rights of immigrant children and youth. Today the Young Center has eight offices across the country with more than 80 staff; Liz was involved in the creation and development of each and every office. From 2009 to 2015, Liz taught in the Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. She loved mentoring law students and seeing them use their skills to take pro bono cases or jobs in public interest law.


About the Elizabeth Frankel Fellowship Program.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights announces the first annual Elizabeth Frankel Fellowship for the 2022 summer. The intent of this Fellowship Program is to honor Liz’s passion for supporting law students as they learn to advocate effectively for immigrant children and families. The Fellowship Program will enable fellows to spend 10 weeks training to zealously advocate for children, and to carry on Liz’s vision of honoring the child’s wishes through careful, strategic advocacy. The Fellows will serve as Child Advocates for individual children, and will also conduct legal research and writing, under the guidance of Young Center staff within the Child Advocate Program. The Fellows will also engage in policy advocacy through ongoing initiatives at the Young Center under the supervision of the Policy Program. Fellows will be based in New York City and will be invited to spend one week of the Fellowship Program in the Young Center’s Harlingen office to understand how immigration patterns, enforcement, and advocacyplay out on the ground along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Elizabeth Frankel Advisory Committee, comprised of Liz’s family, friends, colleagues, and Young Center staff, advises the Young Center regarding the operation of the Fellowship Program.


Fellows will receive a stipend of $10,000 for 10 weeks (40 hours a week). The Fellowship Program will run from June to August 2022, with some flexibility as to individual start and end dates.


The program is open to law students who are rising 2L’s or 3L’s. Preferred qualifications: lived experience/knowledge that lends insight into supporting immigrant children and their families, and bilingual in Spanish and English (oral and written). Additional consideration will be given to law students who come from backgrounds/circumstances which prevent them from engaging in pro bono work during the summer.


Application and Selection Procedures

Interested students should email the following materials to EFrankelFellowship@theyoungcenter.org:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Personal statement (2 pages maximum) about the applicant’s relevant experience, interest, and
  • future aspirations with respect to legal work with immigrants and children.
  • Contact information for three references.


The final deadline to submit application materials is January 7, 2022.


Materials will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee, and interviews with Young Center staff will take place in mid to late January 2022. The Young Center anticipates making offers to potential fellows in late January/early February 2022.


If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Monico Marin (PMonicoMarin@theyoungcenter.org).



November 24, 2021 in Jobs and Fellowships, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 18, 2021

Job Announcement: Cardozo Clinical Immigration Fellowship

The Cardozo School of Law’s Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic is interested in hiring two attorneys as Clinical Teaching Fellows. On fellowship will begin in early 2022 and the other in summer 2022. Past fellows have generally had 3-5 years of practice experience prior to coming to the clinic and have generally worked with the clinic for 2-3 years. The annual salary for fellows is $72,000 with full benefits.

The fellow’s core responsibilities would include a combination of the following:

  • work on deportation defense, or related cases, in the immigration, federal and state courts;

  • work on impact litigation and advocacy projects with immigrant community-based and national advocacy


  • supervision of clinic students on litigation and advocacy projects;

  • assistance in teaching and administering the clinic seminar; and

  • primary responsibility for the clinic docket during the summer session.

In addition, the fellow would have significant autonomy to construct her or his own docket of relevant work in accordance with his or her interests and would have the opportunity to take part in the academic life of the law school. This position is ideal for candidates interested in the substantive areas of immigration or criminal law, candidates interested in transitioning from direct service to impact work, candidates seeking supervisory experience, and/or candidates interested in careers in clinical teaching. Past fellows have gone on to positions as clinical professors, executive directors of non-profits, managing attorneys of direct service immigration practices, and leadership positions in city government.

The Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo is an in-house year-long intensive live client clinic in which students represent immigrants in a variety of matters. Individual cases most frequently involve deportation/removal proceedings in the immigration and federal courts. In addition, students and fellows have the opportunity to represent immigrant community-based and national advocacy organizations engaged in impact projects on cutting edge immigration issues. Impact litigation, as well as legislative advocacy, are mainstays of the clinic’s docket. Substantively, the clinic’s docket focuses primarily on immigrants facing deportation because of encounters with the criminal justice system and more generally on immigration enforcement issues. You can learn more about the clinic under the “Learn About Our Work” link at http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/immigrationjusticeclinic.

The clinic directors, Peter L. Markowitz and Lindsay Nash, full-time members of the Cardozo faculty, will be responsible for mentoring, training, and supervising the Clinical Teaching Fellow.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of at least three references (ideally academic and professional) to: Linda Falk at immigration.justice.cardozo@gmail.com as soon as possible. Please put “IJC Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

October 18, 2021 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Job Announcement: Center for Migration Studies

Research and Policy Analyst
The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), an educational institute/think tank devoted to the study of international migration, seeks to hire a full-time research and policy analyst. The position will work closely with CMS’s Executive Director (ED) and Deputy Director and will conduct research and staff a technical support function. The research and policy analyst’s responsibilities will include responding to data requests, generating tabulations and data fact sheets, providing legal and policy research support, representing the agency in relevant stakeholder and working group meetings, and administrative responsibilities.  

Among other areas of responsibilities, the research and policy analyst will:

  • Conduct research and data collection, statistical demographic analysis, and evaluation and interpretation of results;
  • Maintain database of data and statistics related to CMS’s areas of focus for use in reports and dissemination to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Participate on advisory teams and respond to CMS’s partners data requests;
  • Conduct research on new or existing legislation, regulations, policies, and practices;
  • Support the delivery of knowledge and the dissemination of work products, including reports, briefs, blogs, presentations, policy briefings, academic conferences, and others;
  • Contribute to the development and design of marketing materials, fact-sheets, infographics, and summaries; and,
  • Contribute to the intellectual life and mission of CMS and otherwise assist the ED as necessary.

The candidate should have excellent writing and research skills, interest and experience in quantitative programming, and knowledge of immigration issues. Other qualifications include:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant social science field, JD, or equivalent demonstrable expertise;
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in research applied to social issues, particularly pertaining to migration in the Americas, through working in academia and/or within research organizations;
  • Close attention to detail;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner;
  • Interested in advancing CMS’s mission;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to summarize and synthesize complex information accurately and concisely.
  • Experience presenting research results to diverse audiences, including academics, policymakers, and the general public;
  • Familiarity with US policies and immigrant groups would be an asset.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and supportively with Catholic immigrant-serving institutions.

Technical Qualifications:

  • Experience working with data from Census Bureau surveys such as the American Community Survey and an understanding of survey sampling and weighting. Familiarity with Census Bureau variables and methodologies is preferred.
  • High intermediate to advanced programming proficiency in STATA and an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with analysis and/or making simple maps on R, Tableau, ArcGIS, or another statistical software is an asset.

The annual salary for this position is $67,500 - $72,500, commensurate with experience. CMS offers excellent benefits, including a generous health insurance plan, dental and vision coverage, and a tax-deferred annuity plan.  Proficiency in Spanish and other languages preferred.

The position is full-time and based in New York City. However, some telecommuting is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit a letter of interest by September 30, 2021, with a resume or curriculum vitae and original writing sample to Daniela Alulema, CMS’s Director of Programs, at DAlulema@cmsny.org. Please also indicate your availability.

The position is open until filled and applications are accepted immediately. Due to the high volume of applications, CMS cannot return phone calls about the position, and regrettably, cannot notify all applicants of the status of their applications unless an interview is requested.


September 28, 2021 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Applications Due October 15, 2021

Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) applications are now available! image from ijc.smapply.io

This is a fantastic opportunity for graduating law students to join the movement for immigrant representation.

Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to approximately 25 recent law graduates from around the country.

IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading nonprofit organizations.

Applications are due on October 15, 2021.

Additional information on the fellowship and how to apply is available here.


September 7, 2021 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 6, 2021

University of Maryland Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic Position

The Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law is hiring an inaugural Director for our new Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic for Fall 2022.  The Director will work with Professor Maureen Sweeney and Center Associate Director Gabriela Kahrl to pursue the Chacón Center’s goals of human rights, racial equity and social justice for immigrants.  The Director will be charged with designing and teaching a clinic to engage in federal appellate litigation that will work in collaboration with the law school's Immigration Clinic and will be focused on the immigration consequences of convictions, humanitarian protection, and other impact issues that affect immigrants.  Applicants with strong backgrounds in legal practice, applicants of color, applicants with disabilities, veterans, women, and other members of historically disadvantaged groups, are especially welcomed.

The official job posting is here.  The position is open to both entry level and junior lateral candidates with potential for outstanding legal practice, clinical education, and scholarly achievement.  The position will begin July 1, 2022.



August 6, 2021 in Current Affairs, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)