09 February, 2023 2:06 PM

Staff Attorney/ Law Grad

Job Title: Staff Attorney/ Law Grad

Classification & FLSA Status: Full time | Exempt

Salary: $68,000-$76,000 (Staff Attorney); $25.00-$30.00 hourly (Law Grad), DOE

Department: Legal Department | Deportation Defense Unit

Reports to: Managing Attorney and/or Supervising Attorney

Location: Hybrid - Telecommute and CARECEN’s Los Angeles Office


Job Summary: The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) seeks a bilingual staff attorney/law grad taking/awaiting February 2023 California State Bar Examination results to represent children in removal proceedings. This is a full-time position based out of CARECEN’s Los Angeles Office.


Job Requirements/Essential Functions

Represent children in removal proceedings. This includes 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.

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.

Responsible for complying with data and program reporting requirements and supervising paralegals and their assignments.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Required Skills/Qualifications

Juris Doctor degree with active bar membership (California required) or taking/awaiting February 20232 California State Bar Examination results

Fluency or high proficiency in Spanish

Experience in immigration law

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

Ability to drive with a valid CA license and registered vehicle is required

The position will involve some evening and weekend work


 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. Telecommute currently offered, with transition to CARECEN offices. Work is performed in a variety of work settings, including CARECEN’s offices, workspace provided by others, libraries and other government facilities, among others. Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, work is currently performed partially remote and partially in office.


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 a 403(b) retirement savings plan are also available. Paid time off is also provided.


Application Deadline

Candidates encouraged to apply immediately.


To Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, three references, and brief writing sample (maximum 10 pages) to Lilit Melkonyan at [email protected]. Candidates are urged to be specific regarding level of Spanish fluency in the cover letter. 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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