Gonzaga University Law School - Staff Attorney - Immigration Law Clinic

10 May 2023 3:57 PM | Lauren Godshall (Administrator)

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL is hiring a Staff Attorney for its Immigration Law Clinic. 

For the full listing and to apply, please visit https://gonzaga.peopleadmin.com/postings/19234 

Who We Are

At Gonzaga we don’t just state our mission. We live it every day as a Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic University. It is the reason we exist and the foundation for our purpose: educating students for lives of leadership and service. From students to faculty and staff members, everyone here knows what we stand for – and they know how valuable our mission is to the success of our institution.

Our diverse selection of benefits is part of Gonzaga’s commitment to care for and meet the needs of our employees and their families. The University provides full-time employees in their first year: a PPO Medical plan administered by Premera Blue Cross, employer-paid dental programs through Delta Dental, vision coverage through VSP, employer-paid Life Insurance, and optional employee-paid Life Insurance through Lincoln Financial, TIAA 403(b) Retirement plan including free onsite financial planning and advising, Employee Assistance Program through Supportlinc, Zagfit Wellness program with access to GU’s onsite fitness center and Spokane Transit Authority (STA) bus passes. Additionally, full-time (40 hours per week) staff employees accrue 4 hours of sick time per pay period (pro-rated for less than 40 hours/week), vacation time starting at 5 hours per pay period (pro-rated for less than 40 hours/week) and 17 paid holidays. Additional benefits such as Long Term Disability and Tuition Waivers are available after the first year of employment.

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Position Title

Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Clinic

Posting Number



Clinical Law Program

Work Schedule

Standard office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00-5:00. Incumbent may work non-standard hours as needed. Ability to travel to and visit with clients who may have difficulty travelling to the office. Ability to travel for a week-long community engaged learning course focused on asylum.

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Temporary or Fixed-Term Assignment End Date


Hours per Week


Months per Year


Job Purpose

Responsibility for supervising students in all aspects of client representation as the primary attorney in the Immigration Clinic. Responsible for teaching substantive law to clinic students as well as professionalism and lawyering skills.

Target Salary


Minimum Salary (Annualized 12 months, 40 hours/week)


Salary Midpoint (Annualized 12 months, 40 hours/week)


Maximum Salary (Annualized 12 months, 40 hours/week)


Essential Functions

Essential Function Category Title

Clinical Teaching and Supervision

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Function Details

  • Teach and mentor students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic a variety of legal skills including: client counseling, legal research and writing, fact investigation, case analysis and strategy, ethics and professionalism, as well as cross-cultural, antiracist, and trauma-informed lawyering.
  • Supervise students by meeting weekly with students individually, reviewing all legal research, correspondence, and formal legal submissions, including administrative petitions and applications, FOIA requests, pleadings, and the like. Supervise students in all administrative interviews, hearings, and court appearances.
  • Oversee screening and intake of cases accepted in the Immigration Clinic.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise objectives, materials, and methods of instruction for law students in the Immigration Clinic.
  • Prepare and conduct weekly substantive and practice skills seminars for law students in the Immigration Clinic, including occasional collaboration with other Clinics to conduct joint seminars on practice skills.
  • Maintain case information and updates in the Clinic’s case management system.
  • Collaborate on teaching and supervising students in a community engaged learning course focused on asylum.
  • Keep updated on relevant changes in immigration regulations and policy.
  • Participate in preparing and conducting orientation and other training for students enrolled in any clinic, as requested.

Essential Function Category Title

Administrative Duties

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Function Details

  • Document and report the activities of the Immigration Clinic so that additional funding might be obtained to operate the Clinic.
  • Collaboratively engage in outreach and building ties with community partners.
  • Participate with other clinical faculty and staff in meetings and other efforts to strengthen Gonzaga’s Clinical Legal Programs.
  • Work cooperatively with staff assigned to assist the Immigration Clinic.

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Other Duties

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Function Details

  • Devote time as assigned to non-teaching activities essential to the operation of a clinical law program committed to excellence.

Other Functions

Other Functions

  • Participates in clinic-wide orientation, staff meetings, and clinic planning.
  • Engages in marketing and outreach as requested by Law School and Law Clinic.
  • Other duties as assigned by department

University Competencies

University Work Values

Promoting Excellence in Academic Endeavors and Professional Practice

• Fostering intellectual depth, competence, reflection, and creativity in pursuing exemplary, rather than satisfactory, outcomes

Sharing Responsibility for Mission Identity and Leadership

• Making a personal commitment to learn about Gonzaga’s mission, discovering ways to contribute individually and collaboratively to our distinctive learning and research community

Affirming a Commitment to Human Dignity

• Engaging one another with profound respect, professionalism, and cura personalis while supporting one another’s continued learning, development, and maximizing of potential

Advancing a Culture of Inclusiveness

• Developing cultural fluencies and global awareness, and practicing habits that enable us to value, recruit, and support community members from historically underrepresented backgrounds

Caring for Our Common Home and Integral Ecology

• Growing ecological awareness of and respect for the interconnectedness of human and non-human life, and the need to develop and practice habits that are mutually beneficial to all life

Cultivating Individual and Community Accountability

• Demonstrating mutual commitment to our shared project by holding ourselves and others responsible for actions, expecting appropriate behavior, and aligning activities with ethical and professional standards

Qualifications/Knowledge Required/Years Experience Required

Degree Required

Terminal Degree

Certifications and/or Licensures required

  • Licensed bar membership in good standing in any one of the 50 states or of the District of Columbia, with the willingness and ability to apply for Washington State Bar membership.

Knowledge Required

Expert in field

Years Experience Required

3-4.99 years

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate earned from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • A strong academic record and/or other indicia of high-performance ability;
  • A minimum of 3 years of recent experience practicing immigration law, including both defensive and affirmative work;
  • Demonstrated commitment to work for low-income immigrant clients;
  • Enthusiasm and potential to teach and mentor law students;
  • Commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion and building community;
  • Aptitude for working both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience supervising law students or lawyers new to practice;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Sense of humor, positive attitude, and self-awareness;
  • Ability to speak and write proficiently in Spanish is strongly preferred.

Physical / Environmental Qualifications

Normal office work requires the ability to lift up to 20 pounds, reach, bend, kneel, stoop, sit and move about campus as needed. Wrist and hand movements required for keyboarding. Ability to work varied hours as needed. Ability to travel to and visit with clients who may have difficulty travelling to the office. Ability to travel for a week-long community engaged learning course focused on asylum.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date


Close Date

Open Until Filled


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Special Instructions to Applicants

EEO Statement

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to complete the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (509) 313-5996.

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A copy of the report can be found online at www.Gonzaga.edu/Clery. A paper copy of the Campus Safety & Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report or the Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide may be obtained by contacting the Student Development Office on main campus, College Hall 120. The Florence Guide may also be obtained on the Florence campus in room 105.


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