Staff Attorney - Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project | CLINIC

Staff Attorney - Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

Oct 16, 2017
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
Los Angeles


Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., is a non-profit law firm which provides community education and legal representation to Southern California’s most vulnerable immigrant communities. Esperanza provides legal representation to immigrants who are in detention and/or removal proceedings, and focuses on particularly complex immigration cases which may involve unaccompanied minors, adults with mental health issues, and cases with past criminal or gang history. Esperanza also provides community education programming and pro se assistance to immigrants in removal proceedings both in detained and non-detained settings. Esperanza has proudly provided legal services to immigrants and their families in Los Angeles for over 10 years. More information can be found about Esperanza at



Esperanza seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to provide legal representation under our Representation Program and community education under Esperanza’s Legal Orientation Program for Custodian of Unaccompanied Minors (LOPC.)


Direct Representation:

The Staff Attorney will be tasked with representing to unaccompanied children, focusing particularly on cases involving abused, abandoned and/or neglected children who are eligible to pursue Special Immigrant Juvenile Status visas, and children who are fleeing their home countries and are seeking asylum in the United States. The Staff Attorney will be expected to carry a large and varied caseload consisting of affirmative and defensive immigration cases for both adults and children.


Community Education:

The LOPC Staff Attorney will conduct legal orientation presentations at the Los Angeles Immigration Court and on-site, and conduct individual intakes with unaccompanied children. The Staff Attorney will provide pro se legal assistance through a variety of self-help workshops. The Staff Attorney will evaluate cases for pro bono placement and assist in the training and mentorship of pro bono attorneys and law students. The Staff Attorney will also be responsible for regular reporting to the LOPC funders and maintain stakeholder relations.


The Staff Attorney will be under the direct supervision of a Managing Attorney and the LOPC Program Manager.



  • Juris Doctorate;
  • Active, California State Bar License, or license from another jurisdiction AND commitment to sitting for next available CA Bar Exam;
  • Experience (including internships) in the practice of law, preferably in immigration and/or public interest law;
  • Strong organizational, case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required;
  • Experience working with vulnerable client populations, particularly with children, families, or clients with mental health issues is a huge plus;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to take on challenging and novel legal issues and a readiness to pursue “outside-the-box” legal theories;
  • Teaching experience and/or group presentation experience, highly desirable.
  • Spanish language proficiency required and will be tested at time of interview;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
  • Willingness to be a team-player with an attitude and aptitude for collaboration;
  • Passion for social justice for immigrants and vulnerable communities required. 



Our office is located at 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. This position may require frequent regional travel, up to several times per week. We represent clients throughout the region, including: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange County and even Kern County. Mileage is reimbursed.


Employment Type:

Full Time, Exempt. The work week is generally 40 hours per week on a year round basis; however the position requires a willingness and flexibility in work hours when necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.



Depends on experience (D.O.E.) + generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, sick and vacation time, and 10 paid holidays/year. All new hires are subject to a 6 month probationary period.


Deadline to Apply:

January 12, 2018. However, interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.


How to apply:

Simultaneously email cover letter, resume, at least 2 references, and a brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to:

  1. Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Human Resources Department; P.O. Box 15095, Los Angeles, CA 90015, and
  2. Patricia Ortiz, Program Director, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, In email subject line please place your full name, and the position you are applying for. 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.


Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.  Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.


Closing Date *: 
Monday, December 31, 2018