Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area seeks a highly-organized attorney
with experience representing asylum seekers who is committed to racial and economic justice and is
fluent in spoken and written Spanish to lead its longstanding pro bono asylum program and collaborate
with litigation staff and fellows on impact litigation and advocacy.
Job Title: Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Justice
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Supervisor(s): Legal Director
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) works to advance, protect
and promote the legal rights of communities of color, and low-income persons, immigrants, and
refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, LCCR provides free legal assistance and
representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy
LCCR was founded in 1968 when the country was reeling from the shock of the assassinations of
Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy. Today, LCCR continues to partner with pro bono
attorneys to support communities that face racism and discrimination. Our racial justice, education,
immigration, and economic justice work is driven by the clients and communities we serve. Learn more
General Summary of Work Performed
The Staff Attorney will (1) lead mentorship, training, and client intake for the pro bono asylum
program; (2) represent a small number of clients in removal proceedings and some affirmative
applications before USCIS; and (3) collaborate with LCCR’s litigation team to identify, develop, and
participate in immigrant justice policy and litigation priorities.
The Senior Staff Attorney will (1) direct the pro bono asylum program, including providing training
and mentorship to pro bono attorneys handling asylum cases; (2) supervise Immigrant Justice program
staff on direct service to asylum seekers and pro bono mentorship; (3) represent a small number of
clients in removal proceedings and some affirmative applications before USCIS; (4) identify, develop,
and participate in immigrant justice policy advocacy and litigation priorities; and (5) collaborate with
community organizations and other legal non-profits to ensure LCCR is working to best meet the
needs of immigrant communities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney)
1. Lead the Pro Bono Asylum Program: Since 1983, LCCR has represented hundreds of
individuals seeking refuge in the United States. We currently have pro bono attorneys
and interpreters working on over three hundred open cases. The Staff Attorney plays a
critical role in managing this program, including:
• Providing active mentorship for pro bono attorneys handling asylum cases;
• Developing training materials and draft practice advisories for pro bono attorneys;
• Organizing and teaching regular in-person trainings and webinars to recruit and
train pro bono attorneys.
2. Direct Representation: Represent a small docket of clients in removal proceedings and in
affirmative applications before USCIS. The attorney should be willing and interested in
seeking all available forms of relief for the client, but most cases will involve applications
for asylum and alternative forms of humanitarian protection, Special Immigrant Juvenile
Status, or U- or T-visa applications.
3. Impact Litigation and Policy Advocacy: In partnership with LCCR’s litigation team and
community partners, identify and explore civil rights injustices and systemic problems
experienced by LCCR’s clients and their communities.
The Senior Staff Attorney also will:
4. Manage Immigrant Justice Direct Services and Pro Bono Program: Supervise Immigrant
Justice direct service program staff, which will include one paralegal, one fellow, one staff
attorney, and typically includes law student clerks. The Senior Staff Attorney will have
discretion in the size and composition of their direct services caseload and may delegate
and supervise other program staff in the completion of the above-listed responsibilities.
5. Collaborate with Community Partners: Organize, attend and participate in community
events, legal workshops/clinics, volunteer recruitment/training events, and participate in
community- based coalitions related to immigrant rights
Overview of Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
1. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
2. For the Staff Attorney position, a minimum of two years of experience with asylum cases
(law school clinic experience may be included). For the Senior Staff Attorney position, a
minimum of five years of legal experience, and a minimum of three years of experience
with asylum and/or removal defense. Experience working with pro bono attorneys highly
3. Excellent organizational, communication, analytical, writing, and editing skills; strong
attention to detail.
4. Ability to relate to and communicate respectfully and effectively with a broad range of
clients, colleagues, and partners in the legal community and beyond. Values working
cooperatively with others.
5. Ability to work as a member of a team and independently. Ability to set and carry out
objectives with minimal supervision.
6. Ability to think strategically and creatively, solve problems, innovate, exercise initiative, and
manage multiple tasks/projects and sensitive information while also being able to determine
when to ask for assistance.
7. Excellent integrity, judgment and discretion.
8. Knowledge of and commitment to the mission and goals of the LCCR and the Immigrant
Justice Program and a willingness to fulfill the requirements of the position.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and
list of three references by email to email@example.com (Subject Line: “Staff Attorney – IJ Application”
or “Senior Staff Attorney – IJ Application”)
In your cover letter, please respond to the following question, or we may choose not to consider your
LCCR serves highly diverse communities. To ensure that we are best positioned to serve these
communities, we strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that help us work effectively in
cross-cultural situations with clients, our coworkers, and our communities. We seek to create an
inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How have your
background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment
to cultural competency and racial equity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this
question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
Questions regarding this position may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of
color, LGBTQ candidates, women, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to