LOYOLA IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CLINIC LA JUSTICE FUND CLINICAL TEACHING FELLOW
Background: The Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LIJC) is a community-based collaboration of Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, Homeboy Industries Inc., and Dolores Mission Church. LIJC’s dual-pronged mission is to advance the rights of the indigent immigrant population in East Los Angeles through direct legal services, education, and community empowerment, while teaching law students effective immigrants’ rights lawyering skills in a real world setting. LIJC focuses on providing representation to individuals who are unable to obtain immigration legal services elsewhere with an emphasis on immigrants with certain immigration and criminal complications who reside in the East Los Angeles area.
LIJC has an immediate opening for a Clinical Teaching Fellow, made possible through a grant from the Los Angeles Justice Fund (LAJF). This position will be housed at Loyola Law School. The purpose of the Fellowship is to support the expansion of the LIJC’s capacity to respond to the urgent needs of the immigrant community, particularly those in removal or at immediate risk of being placed in removal, in light of recent developments, including the executive actions undertaken by the Trump administration. The position will also offer other opportunities for professional development and scholarship in the areas of immigration and refugee law, which the Fellow is encouraged to pursue. A successful candidate will have significant legal training and hold an active bar license. This is a two-year, fixed term position, subject to an introductory period.
- 1. Develop programming for law students and pro bono attorneys, and coordinate, instruct and supervise a first of its kind program to bolster removal defense capacity for Los Angeles County residents.
- 2. Develop removal defense immigration law teaching and training materials.
- 3. Work closely with LIJC attorneys and clinicians, clinicians at Southwestern Law School, and other LAJF grantees.
- 4. Maintain a caseload and engage in direct representation in immigration court and before administrative bodies.
- 5. Work on research and writing projects for LIJC related to removal defense and the benefits of representation in removal proceedings.
- 6. Engage in opportunities for professional development and scholarship in the areas of immigration and refugee law.
- 7. Represent Loyola Law School within the community and at professional organizations or associations, serve on committees as required.
- 8. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications for the Ideal Candidate:
- · J.D. and admission to the bar required
- · Minimum of 2 years of experience
- · Experience in immigration removal and asylum practice strongly preferred.
- · Should have excellent academic credentials, superior research and writing skills, and a strong commitment to public interest lawyering.
- · Outstanding interpersonal skills, along with flexibility, a sense of humor and a passion for direct service work, and, particularly, immigration work required.
- · Interest in and demonstrated aptitude for supervision, as well as a demonstrated interest in teaching and proven capacity to work as a team member.
- · Second language capability in Spanish preferred.
- · CA bar license preferred.
- · Strong technology and software skills including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, internet searches, legal research, etc.
- · Ability to meet deadlines and strong attention to detail
- · Strong organization and communication skills
- · Ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential. Competence in and dedication to working with others of diverse cultural, geographic and economic backgrounds, including individuals with criminal history and history of severe trauma
- · Commitment to immigrants’ rights work and LIJC’s mission
- · Ability to work collaboratively and handle multiple demands in a busy work environment
Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience. LLS offers a competitive benefits package.
Deadline to apply is February 16, 2018 but applications will be considered on a rolling basis as we anticipate hiring as soon as possible.
Applicants must submit application materials through the jobs.LMU.edu online employment system (OES) at: http://jobs.lmu.edu/postings/33915.
Applicants will be asked to upload the following materials:
· statement of interest describing prior experience in immigration law and policy
· writing sample
· list of at least three professional references (ideally academic and professional)
Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants must apply directly.
Loyola Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirement of Federal and State laws.
About Loyola Law School:
Located on an award winning Frank Gehry designed campus in downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Law School is home to prominent faculty, dedicated students and cutting edge programs. The Law School strives to instill in students the knowledge they need to excel on their chosen paths. It dedicates itself to preparing students for the rigors of practice with an extensive portfolio of practical-training opportunities, a 17,000 strong alumni network and a focus on social justice. Learn more at www.lls.edu.