Managing Attorney

Laredo, Texas, United States | Legal | Full-time

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The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a non-profit immigration legal and social services provider and advocacy organization seeking a Managing Attorney for our new Laredo office.

The Managing Attorney serves as the external face of the legal department in a given city/geozone and acts as a critical working partner to RAICES programs and internal support teams. In addition to supervising one of the local legal unit teams, the Managing Attorney also regularly convenes all local Supervising Attorneys.

While maintaining the same cadence of communication with their relevant Unit Director as a Supervising Attorney, the MA reports directly to the Vice President of the Legal Department. The Managing Attorney is the owner of the local legal intake process execution, responsible for continuously monitoring and improving our response to individual legal needs, and tasked with expanding the reach and impact of RAICES’ legal services within the communities we serve. The MA convennes and supports legal personnel, reaffirming RAICES’ commitment to being a great place to work.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Serves as the external face of the legal department in a given city/geozone;
  • Acts as a critical working partner with RAICES programs and internal support teams, serving as the main liaison between the local legal services department and other local departments to provide holistic and integrated services to the local community;
  • Regularly convenes all local Supervising Attorneys to discuss issues including, but not limited to, local legal case enrollment, capacity needs, emerging trends, etc. and informs the Vice President of the Legal Department. 
  • Owns the legal intake process execution within the city/geozone they serve, continuously monitoring and providing input on our response to individual legal needs;
  • Tasked with expanding the reach and impact of RAICES’ legal services within the communities we serve;
  • Responsible for building local legal partnership relations, including government agencies and officials, community-based organizations, educational institutions, non-profit legal services providers, law firms and corporate volunteers, media outlets, and other key institutions in collaboration with our local Social and Advocacy department members;
  • Manages the implementation and administration of the RAICES local free legal services program to maximize the availability of free legal services to under-served, low-income individuals;
  • Participates in organization wide strategic planning meetings and workshops as a member of the Legal Department leadership;
  • A member of a dynamic community of Managing Attorneys throughout RAICES locations;
  • Represents RAICES at conferences, media appearances, coalitions, meetings, training and community events in collaboration with local Social and Advocacy department members;
  • Manages responses to local media requests from Advocacy Attorney and the RAICES Media team;
  • Collects local budget input and data for central input; 
  • Observes office legal services budget and works closely with VP regarding office operations with a focus on ensuring local legal units are working collaboratively and meeting case acceptance and completion goals as required by internal KPIs set;
  • Works closely with the VP of the Legal Department regarding best finance practices/protocols and the management of incoming fees;
  • Works closely with the Unit Directors and Supervising Attorneys to provide internal training and organizing external training for new and veteran staff in relevant practice areas;
  • Fosters an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive work culture;
  • Participates in interview and evaluation process for all local legal personnel;
  • Handles a caseload to maintain legal practice and expertise; and
  • Performs other additional duties as needed, including performing legal and casework when staff unavailability necessitates coverage of work or to other appropriate circumstances such as, for example, providing on-the-job training to staff or for professional development. 

Ideal candidate skills and qualities:

  • License in good standing to practice law; 
  • Significant experience and comprehensive legal understanding of immigration law and practice;
  • Serve or intend to serve as a Supervising Attorney of a unit within the local RAICES office; 
  • Ability to speak fluent Spanish and English preferred; 
  • Demonstrated passion for and dedication to RAICES’ vision and mission.  Demonstrated ability to support, implement and elevate the mission of RAICES as a Human Rights or Social Justice Agency; 
  • Demonstrated experience leading and inspiring a high-performing and passionate professional team to produce excellent work product in a challenging environment;
  • Demonstrated ability or willingness to inspire, create and foster workplace atmosphere that promotes lifelong learning, a commitment to excellence and the ability to thrive;
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts and manage competing interests to achieve an equitable outcome for all involved;
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and grow positive external relationships in the community;
  • Willingness and desire to help share the narrative of immigration change and policy;
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities;
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities;
  • Able to travel in the San Antonio, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo area as needed; and
  • Able to travel internationally to northern Mexico.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Competitive Salary 
  • Medical Benefits;
  • Paid Leave;
  • Bar Dues;
  • Elevated budget for training and employee advancement 

This position requires completion of National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), State and FBI Fingerprint-based criminal background checks, as well as compliance with Corporation for National and Community Service regulations.  Note that presence on the National Sex Offender Public Website is a bar to service. Other criminal history does not necessarily disqualify you for service. Each will be decided on a case by case basis.