JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Staff Attorney
POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking an outstanding attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy to join our team as a Staff Attorney in our Ypsilanti office. The successful candidate will collaborate with local community programs, conduct outreach, provide technical support, and handle a caseload of immigration cases including but not limited to naturalization, affirmative asylum applications, removal defense (including bond), and other forms of humanitarian relief. This candidate will also be involved with supervising law clerks and engaging in impact litigation cases, appeals, and other advocacy on behalf of immigrant individuals and families in Southeast Michigan. This is a chance to join a talented team doing incredibly important and challenging work.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MIRC is a legal resource center for immigrant communities. The three pillars of our work are: direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education and engagement. MIRC is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income and senior persons through several statewide programs. MSAS is administered by the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through civil legal aid offices and statewide advocacy programs. MAP’s mission is to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions. Visit michiganimmigrant.org and miadvocacy.org.
QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant must be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or able to take the next Michigan bar exam. The applicant must possess excellent communication, collaboration, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of immigrants or other persons in poverty. Applicants who have experience, especially related to immigration and poverty, will receive priority. Applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Spanish will also receive priority.
BENEFITS: This is a full-time position with a salary starting at $47,000 based on years of relevant experience and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits.
HOW TO APPLY:
- Complete this application form.
- E-mail a cover letter that confirms your qualifications, your current resume, and a list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MIRC Washtenaw Attorney” in the subject line.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority is given to those received by June 11, 2021.
MSAS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.