14 March, 2023 1:24 PM

Staff Attorney

Job Title: Staff Attorney

Classification & FLSA Status: Full time | Exempt

Salary: $68,000-$76,000, DOE

Department: Legal Department | Deportation Defense Unit

Reports to: Managing Attorney and/or Supervising Attorney

Location: Hybrid - Telecommute and CARECEN’s San Bernardino Office


Job Summary: The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) seeks a staff attorney to represent children in removal proceedings and to participate in an intensive Spanish learning program. This is a full-time position based out of CARECEN’s San Bernardino Office.


Job Requirements/Essential Functions

Represent children in removal proceedings, including representation before the Los Angeles, Van Nuys, and Santa Ana Immigration Courts, before USCIS, and before the Board of Immigration Appeals

Represent children in state court to obtain predicate orders related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Enroll and actively participate in Spanish language learning programs

Work under the supervision of the managing/supervising attorney, handling all aspects of clients’ cases

Assist in coordinating referrals for medical, mental health, and educational services for clients, as necessary

Comply with data and program reporting requirements

Supervise paralegals and their assignments

Other duties as assigned by supervisor



Juris Doctor degree with active bar membership (California required)

Interest, availability, and ability to enroll in an intensive Spanish language course

Experience in Immigration Law preferred but not required

Strong case management, legal research, writing skills, and oral communication skills

Ability to manage time-intensive caseload with numerous deadlines

Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently

Competence in and dedication to working with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds, including clients with a history of severe trauma and criminal records

Commitment to immigrants’ rights and the mission of CARECEN

Commitment to working in a diverse professional environment


 Classification and Work Schedule

The position is a full-time exempt position. Office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, with flexibility required based on the needs of the organization. The normal workweek for this full-time exempt position is 35 hours, but a greater emphasis is placed on meeting the responsibilities assigned to the position. The position will involve some evening and weekend work. Exempt employees do not receive overtime compensation, compensatory time off, or additional compensation beyond the salary assigned to the position.


Work Environment and Physical Demands

This job operates in a professional office environment. The position requires the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.  Work is performed in a variety of work settings, including CARECEN’s offices, remote workplace, workspace provided by others, libraries and other government facilities, among others.


Travel Requirements

Ability to travel to different CARECEN offices, and other offsite locations. Work may comprise up to 50% of travel time. Mileage reimbursement is available. Ability to drive with a valid CA license and a registered vehicle is required.



CARECEN offers a generous benefits package that has medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Supplemental insurance and 403(b) retirement savings plans are available. Paid time off is also provided.


Application Deadline

Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.


To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, three references, and brief writing sample (maximum 10 pages) to Ruth Calvillo at [email protected]. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Principals only; no search firms or legal recruiters (no exceptions). No inquiries.


CARECEN 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 requirements of Federal and State laws.

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