Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice – East Bay Community Law Center – Berkeley, CA

Job description

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Staff Attorney to represent low-income immigrants with a wide variety of immigration matters and to train and supervise law student interns. The ideal candidate is an excellent advocate with strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills who can work well in a fast-paced collaborative environment, who has experience providing immigration services to low-income people, and who is committed to training and mentoring the next generation of legal advocates.

EBCLC is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide high quality legal services to low-income clients and educational opportunities for law students and community volunteers. As UC Berkeley Law School’s community-based clinic, EBCLC is currently the largest provider of free legal services for low-income residents in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area), with a staff of 40 and an annual roster of 150 law student interns providing services to 5,000 clients each year.

Primary Responsibilities:

Represent low-income immigrants on wide variety of immigration matters before the Immigration Court, USCIS, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, including deportation defense, political asylum, U visas, VAWA, SIJS, adjustment of status, consular processing, waivers, immigration effects of criminal convictions, legal issues for detainees, and naturalization
Teach, train, and supervise law students as part of Berkeley Law School’s clinical program, including substantive law and skills training, individual and group case reviews, and day-to-day supervision of students’ legal work
Conduct outreach and presentations in the community
Supervise pro bono attorneys
Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

J.D. required, member of a State Bar in good standing, California State Bar preferred
Minimum 3 years’ experience providing immigration legal services
Demonstrated ability to manage a demanding case-load; excellent time-management, priority-setting and organizational skills
Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including low-income clients, students, service providers, and law school faculty
Independent self-starter and outstanding team player
Prior experience training and supervising law student interns desirable
Bilingual (Spanish-English) skills highly desirable

How to apply

Submit applications by email to; by mail to East Bay Community Law Center, 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703; or by fax to (510) 548-2566. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday March 27, 2015.