Now Hiring – Immigration Supervising Attorney

IMMIGRATION SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

The Immigration Program of the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is seeking a full time Supervising Attorney for our Batavia, NY office to supervise our work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) contract at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, and some WNY county jails which hold immigrant women.

The ideal candidates will have at least three years’ experience in immigration removal proceedings, have some supervisory experience, and want a career in litigation defending low-income immigrants detained at the Batavia Federal Detention Facility who are subject to removal for a variety of reasons including criminal convictions, unlawful entry and visa overstays.

Fluency in Spanish, French, or Mandarin is preferred, but not required.

The following are required:  admission to practice law; a strong commitment and sense of responsibility; strong oral and written advocacy skills; strong organizational skills to track and report required data about the work in a timely and accurate manner; an ability to supervise and work cooperatively with other staff members in a strong, but congenial and team building manner; the means and willingness to travel between the Buffalo office and the Batavia office, and to county jails in the eight counties of Western New York, as needed (a driver’s license is required); a willingness to work independently while also taking direction and operating as part of a team; the organizational ability required to juggle many cases and tasks efficiently; and the flexibility to handle other tasks which the attorney may be called upon to handle at VLP, such as community outreach, training and mentoring.

Please send a resume, a cover letter clearly explaining your interest and qualifications for this position, and contact information for 3 references to: Robert M. Elardo, Executive Director/CEO, ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. 237 Main St, Suite 1000 Buffalo, NY 14203 or relardo@ecbavlp.com   This position will be filled fairly quickly so please apply ASAP.

For information on VLP, see www.ecbavlp.com

VLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is based on experience. VLP is a non-profit agency with excellent fringe benefits including fully paid health insurance, a cafeteria plan for dependent care and parking costs, long term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous leave time. The work atmosphere is congenial, respectful and flexible.

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