Legal Assistant – Immigrant Justice
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT (Date Opened: January 4, 2022)
Job Title: Legal Assistant – Immigrant Justice
FLSA: Part-time (17.5 hours/week), Non-Exempt, Hourly
Reports to: Immigrant Justice Senior Attorney
Compensation: $30-$35 per hour
Location: Mainly remote (work from home.) Must be located in the Bay Area. (Downtown San Francisco office open as an option)
Are you deeply committed to the dignity of immigrants and asylum seekers, and want to help those who are trying to navigate our immigration system? We’re seeking a collaborative, highly organized, and bilingual administrative professional who is deeply committed to immigrant rights to join the dynamic Immigrant Justice Team at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, SF Bay Area (LCCRSF)
As the Legal Assistant, you’ll work with the Immigrant Justice Team and play a critical role in supporting our pro bono asylum program by screening and interviewing potential clients, and preparing cases in which LCCRSF is providing direct representation.
The ideal candidate will have prior experience working with immigration attorneys and their clients, and possess a strong commitment to advancing the immigrant rights movement.
As one of the oldest civil rights institutions on the West Coast, LCCRSF works to dismantle systems of oppression and racism and to build an equitable and just society. Formed in 1968 to bridge the legal community and the Civil Rights Movement, we’re known for advancing the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals. We also invest in legal fellows and support a network of over 1,000 active pro bono attorneys who stand with us.
We are in this work for the long haul. Our goal is to make this work sustainable, to take care of each other and our communities, and to rest so we can be fierce in the face of power through our core issue areas of Racial Justice, Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice, and Educational Justice. Learn more at www.lccrsf.org.
About the Immigrant Justice Team and Pro Bono Asylum Program
LCCRSF’s Immigrant Justice Team – two Senior Attorneys, two Staff Attorneys, one Fellow, and a Program Coordinator – works to secure equality and dignity for all immigrants. We are often the first stop after an asylum seeker is detained or has reached the States and is seeking help. Since 1983, LCCRSF’s Pro Bono Asylum Program has secured free legal representation for hundreds of asylum
applicants seeking refuge in the Bay Area by providing direct representation as well as training and mentorship to pro bono attorneys. Through impact litigation and advocacy, the Immigrant Justice Program also defends the constitutional rights of immigrants—including groundbreaking litigation on detention conditions—and promotes equal justice under the law.Y
- Screen Potential Clients (50%): Schedule intake appointments for potential clients, conduct screenings and in-depth interviews with asylum seekers, prepare detailed case summaries, monitor potential client deadlines, and provide referrals where appropriate.
- Case Preparation and Support (40%): Assist LCCRSF attorneys in preparing asylum applications and other filings with San Francisco Immigration Court, the San Francisco Asylum Office, and other courts or agencies. Communicate and correspond with clients on behalf of attorneys, and provide document translation (Spanish/English), as needed.
- Data entry and File Management (10%): Maintain and organize LCCRSF’s in-house client files; keep case management system up-to-date with case notes and current client contact information; track hearing dates and relevant deadlines.
- Strong bi-lingual (English and Spanish) language competency, including the ability to write basic correspondence in Spanish (*bi-cultural preferred).
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Prior experience working with immigrant communities and/or in immigration law.
- Prior experience working with survivors of trauma, strongly preferred.
- Strong knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, and Excel is required.
- Prior experience using client management databases (i.e. Salesforce, Lawlab, or Legal Server) preferred.
Salary, Benefits, Work location
This position is 50% part-time (17.5 hrs/week), non-exempt, with a starting hourly rate of $30 to $35 DOE, and reports to the Immigrant Justice Senior Attorney in charge of direct services. Generous vacation and sick time plus Summer Short Fridays and one-week Winter Office Close.
Our office is located on the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco, close to many transit options. We’re currently remote with our office available for optional use. We do not yet have a target date for return to the office, but we expect to offer at minimum part-time remote. Employees must be fully vaccinated for in-person work.
General working hours are 9am-5pm M-F. LCCRSF is woman- and minority-led, with 30 staff. We are flexible, family-friendly and value health, wellness and balance. We follow ADA guidelines – reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions.
Job is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to have someone start ASAP! Applicants should submit 1) a thoughtful cover letter; 2) a resume; and, 4) three professional references by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Immigrant Justice Legal Assistant in the subject line.) Questions can also go to that email.
In your cover letter, in addition to describing your interest in the position and qualifications, please respond to the following question: What in your background and experience has prepared you to work for an organization dedicated to advancing racial equity and immigrant justice? Feel free to think broadly about your response, applying professional or personal experiences.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area thrives as an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, LGBTQ+ candidates, people of all gender identities, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.