Staff Attorney – Citizenship Project

Job Announcement

 

Agency Description:  Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA), is the nation’s largest legal organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs). Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year.  Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of AANHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.

 

Position Summary:  The staff attorney is a full-time position working in the Advancing Justice – LA office under the supervision of the Citizenship Project Director.  Looking for a highly motivated, self-starter who is passionate about public service work with a background in immigration law. The staff attorney will work directly on complex naturalization cases, provide technical support and capacity building to local API-serving nonprofit organizations on naturalization, and support evening and weekend citizenship workshops.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct application assistance in citizenship cases;
  • Provide legal representation for diverse clients with complex naturalization cases;
  • Provide legal review and technical assistance for Los Angeles partner agencies;
  • Work with intake staff to answer naturalization related immigration questions, review eligibility, and approve appointments for workshops and clinics;
  • Undertake administrative and logistical duties related to direct application assistance, conduct legal review of naturalization cases, provide technical assistance and/or coordination support of workshops and clinics;
  • Maintain an active caseload to meet project deliverables

 

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years immigration law experience and active membership in a State Bar;
  • Experience assisting immigrant, limited English speaking and/or low-income clients;
  • Experience or familiarity with AANHPI community preferred;
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients;
  • Bilingual fluency in an Asian language required; Mandarin Chinese or Korean strongly preferred;
  • Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently;
  • Availability and willingness to regularly travel within the county and state;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends; and
  • Valid driver’s license and access to an automobile or alternative transportation.

 

Salary:  Compensation commensurate with experience plus possible bilingual supplement, if applicable.  A generous benefit package includes paid medical, dental, vision insurance, and retirement plan. Parking provided.

 

Application Process:   Please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary history to:

Christine Chen – Citizenship Project Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90017

cchen@advancingjustice-la.org

 

No telephone calls please.

 

For more Advancing Justice – LA information, go to www.advancingjustice-la.org

Staff Attorney – Citizenship Project
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