VERMONT LAW SCHOOL has an immediate opening for a full-time experienced immigration attorney to serve as a Supervising Attorney and Assistant Professor in its Vermont Immigrant Assisatnce Program (VIA) at the South Royalton Legal Clinic. This is a year-round, grant-funded position with an initial two-year appointment, renewable for additional years contingent on funding.
The mission of Vermont Immigrant Assistance is to protect the legal interests of immigrants and asylum-seekers across Vermont in matters related to domestic violence; human trafficking; crime victimization; human rights abuses; civil rights actions; benefits eligibility; family reunification; and immigration enforcement actions. VIA provides law students the opportunity to experience first-hand the impact of advocacy and representation in all matters of civil immigration law.
Under the direction of clinical faculty, VLS students provide pro bono legal services before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in Immigration Court. Clinic students also frequently engage in community education and outreach and in policy advocacy.
The Supervising Attorney/Clinical Associate Professor will be responsible for supervision of students engaged in direct representation of noncitizens applying for humanitarian relief and co-teaching with the Senior Staff Attorney. Additionally, the Supervising Attorney/Clinical Associate Professor may also work on a range of research and writing projects, which including appellate briefs and policy advocacy with the students and Senior Staff Attorney. The Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor will be based part-time at the South Royalton Legal Clinic in South Royalton, Vermont and part-time at VIA’s satellite office in downtown Burlington, Vermont.
The ideal candidate for this position is a member of the Vermont bar or is eligible for bar membership, with at least three years of immigration law experience with a focus on humanitarian-based immigration cases. Excellent writing and editing skills, and organizational and managerial skills are required. Teaching and supervision experience are preferred. Spanish language ability is strongly preferred.
Candidates should also have excellent academic credentials , a strong commitment to public interest lawyering, outstanding interpersonal skills, flexibility, a sense of humor, and a passion for direct service immigration and asylum work. The ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential.
Vermont Law School is committed to faculty, staff, and student diversity and welcomes expressions of interest from diverse applicants.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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