Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks full-time bilingual attorneys to provide direct representation, individual consultations, and community outreach and education to immigrant community members in Washington State temporarily for a period of at least 11 months (up to 1 year). Placed in NWIRP's Seattle or Tacoma offices, the applicants must be fluent in English and another language (Spanish is a preferred language in addition to English, but we will consider other bilingual candidates).
Under NWIRP's current COVID policies, new staff members must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (unless eligible for an exemption) and must wear a face mask while in all common areas at the job location. The position will be eligible for a hybrid work model, with an expected two days in the office per week (but the candidate may choose to be fully in the office).
As a temporary staff attorney, in either Seattle or Tacoma, your role will be primarily to cover existing caseloads, providing individual consultations and direct representation to clients seeking immigration protections before USCIS and the immigration courts in Tacoma and Seattle, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The temporary staff attorney will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.
This position is expected to travel to immigration courts in Seattle or Tacoma and USCIS offices in Seattle, Spokane, or Yakima in Washington State (and occasionally in Portland, Oregon). A valid driver's license will be required in order to meet these expectations. The position may involve evening and weekend work hours.
The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters, including cases of people in immigration detention.
A minimum commitment of 9 months to the position is required. The selected candidates must be able to start the position by November 2022 in Tacoma and December 2022 in Seattle.
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