Supervising Attorney - Defensive-Released Children, Houston

Houston, 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 Supervising Attorney.  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 Released Children’s Program provides legal representation to children in removal proceedings before the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review as well as represents children seeking immigration relief before USCIS. RAICES employees, especially those working with children, must be respectful of all gender identities and expressions, sexual orientation and reproductive rights and be willing and able to offer legal counsel on issues related to those identities and body autonomy in a way that is free from judgment and deferential to the client's expressed and best interests.

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost immigration 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:

  • Works with the Unit Director to develop and maintain local best practices that are aligned with the mission, vision and legal strategy of RAICES;
  • Communicates best practices to local unit team members through training and supervision and helps establish and monitor Key Performance Indicators;
  • Manages the day-to-day activities and services delivered by the branch office’s Unit and provides relevant information to the Unit Director and local Managing Attorney;
  • Supervises the work of Attorneys and Accredited Representatives by managing the needs of the team’s direct representation work, including providing legal support, performance feedback and substantive and procedural guidance;
  • Monitors workflow and caseload of staff to identify and address potential workload issues and progress;
  • Works closely with the Unit Director and Managing Attorney to provide internal training and organizes external training for new and veteran staff in relevant practice areas;
  • Participates in interviews and evaluation process for designated staff;
  • Informs Managing Attorneys and Unit Directors of necessary information regarding their unit needs for budget proposals;
  • Fosters an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive work culture;
  • 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.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • J.D. from an accredited law school;
  • Bar association admission / membership in good standing; see state specific requirements for Units;
  • Texas bar admission required;
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience practicing immigration law or unit equivalent work. Law school experience will be considered;
  • Minimum 1 year experience supervising a team of attorney and/or legal assistants i.e. multiple legal staff members or varying job titles;
  • Able to pass a federal background check;
  • Fluent in Spanish and English; and,
  • Meets all the minimum requirements of the unit as specified in the attached supplemental chart.

Additional Qualifications:

 

  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process;
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team;
  • Experience in immigration and/or family law preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as and community members; and 
  • Commitment to social justice evidenced by job and/or volunteer/intern experience.



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.