Supervising Attorney

November 12, 2018
Silver Spring, MD
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Not specified
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


HIAS seeks a Supervising Attorney to provide direct representation of mostly non-detained applicants for immigration benefits, primarily asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ), T visas and U visas before the Immigration Court (EOIR), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Maryland family courts. S/he supervises HIAS’ attorneys, DOJ Accredited Representative and law intern staff in both Silver Spring, Maryland and New York City, providing mentorship, case review, and opportunities for growth and development in the field.

Essential Functions:

  • Represents a small caseload of mostly non-detained cases for immigrants in HIAS’ holistic legal services program; develops cases and represents such clients before the Maryland family courts, Asylum Office, Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Coordinates with HIAS’ volunteer coordinators on the provision of individualized, volunteer-supported wraparound services for legal clients.
  • Provides direct supervision and mentorship to all HIAS attorney staff in Silver Spring and New York City; sits as co-counsel, as needed, for newer attorneys.
  • Directly supervises the Silver Spring paralegal/DOJ Accredited Representative in implementing the program’s continuous legal service model, which provides legal representation from arrival through citizenship, focusing on services for victims of torture in partnership with other community organizations.
  • Identifies areas for legal staff skills improvement and create training and development opportunities for them.
  • Refines intake procedure as needed; oversees intake, case acceptance in line with HIAS priorities, and case review.
  • Assists and supervises the Silver Spring legal team with providing weekly consultations at the Guatemalan Consulate in Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • Provides live and online trainings on various immigration law topics for pro bono lawyers in New York City, Silver Spring, and online for HIAS’ national affiliates’ pro bono networks, in collaboration with the Legal Director and Pro Bono Manager.
  • Responds to enquiries about immigration law and procedures from other HIAS staff, as well as external individuals, organizations and cooperating agencies.
  • Attends conferences and lectures and otherwise stay informed of current developments in immigration law and procedure.
  • Maintains records in compliance with reporting requirements of any and all grants or agreements.
  • Works with HIAS’ Policy/Advocacy and Community Engagement teams to deliver educational sessions at area synagogues around current asylum and immigration topics, along with Managing Attorney and Pro Bono Manager.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Juris doctor and state bar admission in any state; Maryland admission is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience with immigration law and removal proceedings; experience with asylum, credible/reasonable fear, and detention processes preferred.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years’ supervisory experience with a dedication to teaching and mentorship within the supervisory relationship.
  • Foreign language fluency in Spanish required, French or Amharic preferred.
  • Strong litigation skills, analytical writing skills, verbal skills and public speaking experience.
  • Ability to work with clients of a range of backgrounds with sensitivity to culture, trauma history, age and other vulnerabilities.
  • Must be innovative, self-directed and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Driver’s license required.


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