Salary: $72,000-$83,000 Annually DOE The Organization:The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to thousands of adults, youth, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day. In 2001, the Florence Project implemented our Integrated Social Services Program, one of the first of its kind in this field. The Florence Project provides high quality legal and social services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.
Pro Bono Mentor & Staff Attorney - Adult Team:
The Pro Bono Mentor & Staff Attorney will work directly with the Adult Program and the Pro Bono Program. This position will provide direct representation and release planning to detained individuals in immigration removal proceedings and custody redetermination hearings, including maintaining a caseload of respondents who have been found incompetent to represent themselves and have been appointed counsel. However, a significant portion of the Pro Bono Mentor & Staff Attorney’s time will be devoted to providing an excellent and responsive mentoring service to Pro Bono Attorneys handling Florence Project cases. This position includes administrative duties and requires visits to detention facilities in Eloy and Florence.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Pro Bono Mentorship:
Attend all staff and team meetings, trainings, and stay well versed in organizational developments.
Work with the Adult Program staff to promptly identify suitable cases for pro bono placement.
Review incoming referrals from legal service providers and other stake holders as well as internal referrals.
Conduct intakes of adults detained in Eloy and Florence selected for potential pro bono placement.
Write up referrals of cases to be placed with pro bono attorneys.
Mentor pro bono attorneys and law firms partnering with the Florence Project.
Monitor ongoing cases and developments in case law, policy, and court processes and procedures to provide relevant and timely updates to pro bono partners.
Host periodic office hours for pro bono attorneys.
Provide technical assistance on a discretionary basis to attorneys handling cases outside the FIRRP Pro Bono Program.
Develop templates, sample materials, guides and resources for volunteer attorneys.
Track monthly successes and challenges for reporting purposes.
Provide legal representation in cases appointed to FIRRP. Legal representation includes representation in immigration proceedings and custody redetermination hearings before the Immigration Court, representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and other related services reasonably necessary to complete these proceedings.
Provide pre-court counseling sessions.
Develop and recommend case strategy consistent with immigration law and procedure to Managing Attorney. Implement agreed upon strategy.
Prepare cases, draft legal papers, present required evidence, and engage in negotiations, in accord with the Code of Professional Responsibility for the legal profession.
Conduct assessment of client’s social, economic, and psychological functioning.
Determine appropriate range of services, interventions and referrals needed.
Remain current in immigration law, and on implications of criminal and civil law.
Comply with required ethical standards, preserve client confidentiality, and avoid conflict of interest.
Maintain complete and accurate case notes and client records.
Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with local and national community partners, including but not limited to private immigration attorneys, public officials, law enforcement officials, and other non-profits that provide services to the immigrant population.
Develop and maintain professional relationships with the Immigration Court (EOIR), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), government and social service organizations, and community organizations.
Communicate with the Pro Bono Manager about possible advocacy initiatives and legal trainings for the community.
Support Florence Project outreach and development activities as needed.
Perform other administrative duties as needed.
Other Duties & Responsibilities:
Support the Pro Bono Manager to foster and cultivate relationships with law firms, the immigration bar, non-profits, professional associations, university clinics, and judicial pro bono programs through outreach, trainings, CLEs and other events such as our annual Pro Bono Awards Reception.
Participate in organizational fundraising and outreach efforts as requested.
Assist with other miscellaneous pro bono program tasks as needed.
Input data in a wide range of databases and assist with provision of data for reports.
Prepare timely statistical reports.
Conduct quarterly case audits for presentation and review.
Participate in training on immigration procedures and may conduct training sessions as assigned.
Participate in developing and implementing special projects or presentations.
Other duties as assigned.
J.D. and admission to any state bar.
2+ years of experience providing direct representation to immigrants in removal proceedings;.
Demonstrate commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way.
Demonstrate a zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission.
Must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse populations.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to work with external stakeholders and partners in a respectful and diplomatic manner.
Highly organized with ability to be an innovative thinker and work in a high volume setting with limited resources.
Excellent problem solving, research and analytical skills, is able to effectively manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Demonstrate to be a hardworking, flexible, respectful team player that can work effectively in a collaborative, innovative, and client centered work environment.
Ability to work independently, be adaptable and reliable in the face of conflict, pressure, crisis or changing priorities.
Exhibit high ethical standards and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
Must be able to pass federal and state background checks.
Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish required. Fluency in other languages a strong plus.
Travel is required for this position.
Must have a valid driver license and reliable transportation.
Proven computer skills. Advanced understanding of basic office applications.
Licensed to practice law in Arizona or eligible to waive into practice in Arizona (have two years of good standing in another state bar or have received a score of 273 or greater on the Universal Bar Exam).
Extensive knowledge of immigration law, specifically deportation defense, asylum, and criminal-immigration law issues is strongly preferred.
2 years of prior experience practicing before the Arizona Courts, the Immigration Courts, or USCIS is strongly preferred.
Prior experience working with trauma survivors or individuals with mental health issues is a plus.
Prior advocacy work in immigrant rights, human rights, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, or experience working with trauma survivors is a plus.
Experience with databases and data tracking (i.e., Legal Server) is a plus.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
This position can be based in either the Florence Project’s Central Phoenix Office, or the Tucson office, with occasional travel to the Eloy and Florence facilities, Tucson and Phoenix
Operate in a professional office environment and requires the ability to sit for long periods of time with intermittent walking, standing, bending, squatting, pulling and pushing.
Ability to use standard office equipment such as scanners, computers, keyboards, phones, shredders, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. Requires the ability to lift up to ten pounds.
Travel regularly between offices, and secondary work locations.
Travel and frequent time in detention facilities and immigration courts located in Florence, Eloy, Phoenix, and Tucson.
Effective September 1, 2021, FIRRP has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy. To comply with this policy, active employees must be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021. Employees seeking an exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely-held religious belief should contact our Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive for our field and geographical area and is commensurate with experience: $72,000-$83,000 Annually DOE. We strive to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. We offer excellent benefits, including:
Medical plans including health, dental, vision coverage, subject to plan terms
Short Term Disability
Eligibility for group benefits such as voluntary life insurance, subject to applicable waiting periods
Retirement plan, subject to plan terms
Paid Time Off earned on a biweekly accrual basis- Twenty-five (25) Days of Vacation Time, annually
Five (5) Days of Medical/Sick Time, annually
One (1) Day of Personal Time, monthly
Eight (8) Week Paid Sabbatical, after three years of employment
Company-paid federal holidays, all observed
Eligible for Parental Leave which includes Twelve (12) paid weeks
Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work.
Relocation Assistance for out of state new hires available for some positions.
Relocation considered for this position.
This is an immediate opening. Salary is co