Immigration and Human Rights Attorney

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law | Los Angeles, California

Background

The Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law is a non­profit, public interest law office dedicated to furthering the legal, civil, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, prisoners, and the poor.

We have expertise in complex and class action litigation and in constitutional law. A partial list of the Center's major litigation includes Plyler v. Doe , 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (challenge to state statute excluding undocumented children from public elementary schools); Reno v. Catholic Social Services , 509 U.S. 43 (1993) (national class action for persons unlawfully denied legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986); Reno v. Flores , 507 U.S. 292 (1993) (national class action on behalf of children denied release on bail pending the outcome of deportation proceedings); League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson , 131 F.3d 1297 (9th Cir. 1997) (state-wide class action challenging constitutionality of state proposition denying health care, social services and education to suspected undocumented immigrants); and Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez , 248 F.R.D. 248 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (nationwide class action enjoining policies and practices blocking abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant children's access to protective services and lawful permanent residence).

Job Summary

The Center seeks a full-time immigration and human rights attorney to work on complex immigration and human rights litigation, policy analysis and advocacy relating to immigration and human rights issues, and to assist in providing technical support, advocacy support, and training to immigration and human rights lawyers and paralegals employed by California legal services programs. The position also requires recruitment and coordination of law clerks and volunteers to assist in the Center’s immigration and human rights work.

The position requires a pro-active and rigorously intellectual approach to the practice of law, ability to handle multiple projects at the same time, a positive attitude as well as a strong desire to work in the public interest.

Responsibilities

Human rights litigation, policy analysis, advocacy relating to immigration and human rights issues, research and writing. 

Compensation

$65,000.00 - $80,000.00. Benefits include medical, vision and dental insurance, sick leave and annual vacation.

Requirements/Other

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Active membership in any state Bar, admission to California Bar preferred.
  • Exceptional legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the practice of law in the public interest.
  • Expertise in constitutional law, immigration law, and/or federal litigation preferred.
  • Spanish fluency preferred. 

Admission to a bar in any state is mandatory. Please do not apply if you are not already admitted to practice law in some jurisdiction.

How to Apply

Applicants should send the following documents to pschey@thecenterforhumanrights.org: (1) Cover letter, (2) Resume, and (3) 2-3 writing samples that are the applicant’s sole work (ie. pleadings that are signed by the applicant, published law review articles, or other works that demonstrate the applicant’s strong research and writing skills). Please also include CC to tadhikary@centerforhumanrights.orgPlease only apply via email and insert as the subject line “Staff Attorney Applicant 2020 [followed by Your Name].”

Please indicate the following in your cover letter: (1) your desired salary; (2) when you would be available to begin work.

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

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