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Staff Attorney – Released

  • Full Time
  • Fresno, CA
  • $67,440 - $84,300 dependent on experience (USD) USD / Year
  • Salary: $67,440 - $84,300 dependent on experience (USD)

Website Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care, and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America, and strengthen the protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Summary:

KIND seeks a Staff Attorney at our Fresno Office location, to provide expert legal services to unaccompanied children needing legal representation through zealous direct representation as well as pro bono facilitation, including robust consultation, training, and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted KIND cases. As needed, supervise Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, interns, and/or other non-attorney staff. The Staff Attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney.

Essential Functions:

Provide both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients.
In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case.
In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state courts or agencies, and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits.
Supervise interns and/or other non-attorney staff as needed including:
Onboarding, skills training, daily support and coaching, review and quality assurance of filings, regular check-ins and performance evaluations, and provision of consistent and effective supervision and oversight.
Place cases with pro bono attorneys and actively build relationships between KIND and the pro bono community.
In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team and the local field office Senior Attorney/s, as needed, help develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. With supervision, present trainings to pro bono attorneys and community groups.
Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in the field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, field office and KIND-wide committees, and assisting with office events.
Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems.
Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies.
In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team provide guidance and legal analysis within the office and engage actively as a mentor for more junior attorneys.
Qualifications and Requirements:

J.D. and admitted to the local state bar (If not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment). Out of state attorneys may qualify for practice under the multijurisdictional practice program for a period of 5 years, and are encouraged to apply for this position and seek admission to the CA bar during their time in this program. For additional information, please refer to the following link: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Special-Admissions/Multijurisdictional-Practice-MJP-Program.
Must be fully bilingual in both English and Spanish.
Minimum of 1 year of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas.
Minimum of 1 year of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers if the majority of the caseload is working directly with pro bono attorneys.
Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing.
Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles.
Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life.
Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights.
Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance.
Experience working and communicating in a remote environment.
Salary range: $67,440 – $84,300 dependent on experience

This position may be eligible for relocation assistance

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Benefits:

At KIND we value every employee and the vital role they play in carrying out our mission to protect unaccompanied children on the move. We provide each employee with the following benefits:

Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision.
Pre-tax flexible spending and dependent care accounts.
Pre-tax commuter spending accounts.
Pre-tax 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching funds.
Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance.
Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance.
Generous paid parental leave.
Voluntary benefits including supplemental, spousal and child insurance.
Generous vacation accrual (20 days in Year 1; 25 days after Year 3; and 30 days after Year 5)
Twelve paid sick leave days per year.
Thirteen paid holidays per year.
Winter Break between Christmas and New Years.
Twelve paid Wellness Fridays per year.
Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options.
Job-related Professional Development fees (including annual state bar dues and professional memberships).
Mission-driven and fulfilling work with colleagues who make it a great place to work.
And lots more!
Application Instructions:

Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role in here. (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles).

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website: https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/.

To apply for this job please visit supportkind.hrmdirect.com.