Immigration Staff Attorney

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), a non-profit, legal services organization located in Washington, D.C., seeks a staff attorney to provide representation to D.C. residents in a variety of immigration matters, as well as assist with community outreach and community legal education to D.C.’s Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant communities. This position is a one-year position that may be extended based on continued funding.

The APALRC is dedicated to advancing the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Islanders in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia through legal services, education, and advocacy. The mission of the APALRC is to provide linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services to low-income Asian Pacific Islander immigrants to ensure their access to government services and the legal system, to protect and enforce their rights and to seek full participation in American society. The APALRC provides legal services in a wide range of legal issues including abuse prevention, family, housing, immigration, public assistance and community development matters.

Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated commitment in public interest law and social justice
  • Licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. or in another U.S. jurisdiction with the ability to waive into D.C.
  • 1-3 years of experience in the practice of immigration law
  • 1-2 years of immigration legal course work (including law school clinics), or advocacy (including in a volunteer capacity) with or on behalf of immigrant communities, and/or comparable experience
  • Experience working with immigrants, low-income individuals and those with limited English proficiency, and/or comparable experience
  • Commitment to teamwork, demonstrated ability in community outreach, coalition building, working with volunteers and interns, and organizing workshops strongly preferred
  • Organized, able to manage a variety of cases at one time, able to draft workplans and meet goals and deadlines
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written

Highly desirable: 

  • Prior experience working with a nonprofit, legal services or social services
  • Prior experience conducting community outreach, coalition building, community organizing, organizing workshops, legal clinics, and/or community education events
  • Prior experience working with Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant communities
  • Fluency in an Asian language, particularly Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi or Urdu

Tasks: 

  • Conduct intakes of applicants seeking legal services from the APALRC
  •  Represent APALRC clients in a variety of immigration matters including adjustment of status applications, family petitions, green card renewals, DACA renewals, applying for an Employment Authorization Document, Refugee Travel Documents, T and U visas, VAWA-self petitions, naturalization, and FOIA requests to USCIS and Department of State
  • Conduct legal research in support of the APALRC’s immigration cases and stay abreast of relevant immigration law and policy changes
  • Represent individuals seeking various forms of immigration relief at interviews before USCIS
  • Coordinate and attend outreach events to promote immigrants’ rights and access to legal services in Washington, D.C.
  • Coordinate and conduct community legal education/Know Your Rights workshops on a variety of immigration topics
  • Assist in recruiting and coordinating pro bono counsel (or co-counsel) for some APALRC immigration cases with area law firms
  • Assist the APALRC’s New Americans Campaign attorney with citizenship application workshops held in Washington, D.C.

Salary and Benefits:  The attorney will be paid in accordance with the APALRC’s attorney salary scale. The salary for an attorney with 1 years of experience is $56,250. 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 hiring@apalrc.org. Please put “Immigration Staff Attorney Position” in the subject line of the email. No telephone inquiries, please.

 APALRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer