Supervising Attorney-Litigation Unit

Texas | Legal | Full-time

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RAICES is seeking a Supervising Attorney in our Litigation Unit. The position is located in Texas. This role offers the opportunity to lead the local unit team, under the supervision of the Unit Director of the corresponding Unit, providing quality services to clients while providing a positive workplace for RAICES employees to grow. The Supervising Attorney will be part of a community of Supervising Attorneys. 

 

The RAICES Litigation Unit pursues individual and classwide cases in federal and international courts with the dual goals of protecting the rights of immigrants and creating systemic change. RAICES has been involved in major cases challenging numerous efforts by the current administration to curtail asylum access, and to criminalize and dehumanize immigrants. RAICES also regularly pursues individual cases seeking adequate medical and mental health care for detainees, and challenging the government's failure to respect due process in the immigration system.  

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost mmigration legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national front lines of the fight for immigrant rights.

 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide legal representation and/or lead or participate in litigation efforts through all phases of litigation, including motions practice, discovery, trial, brief writing, and oral argument (as appropriate);
  • Identify trends and emerging issues, conduct legal research, draft pleadings and briefs, identify litigation issues and develop legal strategies;
  • Collaborate with community-based organizations to identify cases/plaintiffs, work effectively with pro bono partners and communicate via the media regarding legal advocacy and policy efforts;
  • Work with the Unit Director to develop and maintain local best practices that are aligned with the mission, vision and legal strategy of RAICES;
  • Communicate best practices to local unit team members through training and supervision and helps establish and monitor KPIs;
  • Manage the day-to-day activities and services delivered by the branch office’s Unit and provide relevant information to the Unit Director and local Managing Attorney;
  • Supervise the work of Attorneys by managing the needs of the team’s representation work, including providing legal support, performance feedback and substantive and procedural guidance;
  • Monitor workflow and caseload of staff to identify and address potential workload issues and progress;
  • Work closely with the Unit Director and Managing Attorney to provide internal training and organize external training for new and veteran staff in relevant practice areas;
  • Participate in  interviews and evaluation process for designated staff;  
  • Inform Managing Attorneys and Unit Directors of necessary information regarding their unit needs for budget proposals; 
  • Foster an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive work culture;
  • Handle a caseload to maintain legal practice and expertise; and
  • Perform 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; 
  • Minimum of  two years of federal litigation experience;
  • Ability to represent individuals in complex cases and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies; 
  • Significant experience and comprehensive legal understanding of immigration law and practice;
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently 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; and 
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities. 

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.   

 

RAICES is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or a record of arrest or conviction. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.