Staff Attorney Position

The APALRC is looking for an energetic attorney who is committed to advancing social justice through direct legal assistance, legal education and systemic advocacy.  The attorney will direct the APALRC’s New Americans Campaign program to assist lawful permanent residents through the naturalization process.  The New Americans Campaign (http://newamericanscampaign.org/) brings together networks of legal service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders to streamline access to naturalization services, to enable more permanent residents qualified to become U.S citizens to take the step toward attaining citizenship.

Qualifications:

 The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of experience in the practice of immigration law.
  • Licensed to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction is required. License to practice in D.C., Maryland or Virginia preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment in public interest law and social justice advocacy, experience working with immigrants, low-income individuals and those with limited English proficiency, and with a legal services organization highly desirable.
  • Commitment to teamwork, demonstrated ability in community outreach, coalition building, working with volunteers, organizing workshops strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with Asian immigrants and fluency in an Asian language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hindi or Urdu strongly preferred.

Tasks:

The attorney will:

  • Coordinate and attend outreach events to promote U.S. citizenship and the NAC in metropolitan D.C.
  • Conduct information sessions regarding the benefits of U.S. citizenship and the NAC in metropolitan D.C.
  • Recruit and train pro bono attorneys and law students on the citizenship process to assist at monthly citizenship application workshops.
  • Coordinate and conduct citizenship application workshops in metropolitan D.C.
  • Maintain partnerships with local government, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other entities to promote U.S. citizenship and the NAC.
  • Represent individuals seeking U.S. citizenship at USCIS.
  • Attend bi-annual NAC conference.

 Salary and Benefits:  The attorney will be paid in accordance with the APALRC’s attorney salary scale.  The APALRC offers a generous health and fringe benefits package.

How to Apply:  Submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and work experience, along with a résumé, brief writing sample (5-10 pages), and three professional references to Naznin Saifi at naznin.saifi@apalrc.org  or by mail at Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, 1627 K Street, NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20006.  Open until filled.  No telephone inquiries, please.

APALRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer1