Summary Description: The Columbia Law School seeks a lawyer with experience in immigration law to join the Immigrants' Rights Clinic as the Clinic's staff attorney for a three-year position, beginning on July 1, 2018. We seek applicants focused on thoughtful and engaged teaching and lawyering. The incumbent will hold the appointment of Associate Research Scholar. The Columbia Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic offers students an opportunity to develop lawyering and advocacy skills in the context of both direct client representation and advocacy projects related to immigration reform.Like all of the clinical positions at Columbia Law School, this is a non-tenure track position. Its term is from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants for the Staff Attorney position should have a minimum of five years of experience working with asylum seekers, individuals seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and/or related direct legal services or advocacy efforts on behalf of immigrant communities. Applicants must be comfortable representing clients in detention and be willing to travel to immigrant detention centers in both the Northeast and the South. Admission to a state bar and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others are necessary.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior clinical teaching experience is welcome but not required. We hope to hire an individual committed to providing a powerful individual and collective learning experience that engages students actively in working to pursue the clinic's goals.A deep commitment to advancing immigrants' rights through litigation, education, and research.Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively and work quickly and well under pressure.Excellent oral and written communication skills.Excellent interpersonal, administrative, and organization skills.A commitment to a collaborative work style.Experience at facilitating and coordinating meeting, networks, and committees.Ability to function independently and to exercise discretion and judgment in sensitive matters. Ability to identify and respond to the needs of the clinic, initiate work and follow-through with minimal supervision, work under pressure, be part of a collegial team, adapt to changing priorities, and balance competing assignments, and a deep personal commitment and ability to work in mutually empowering partnerships.
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