Employment Opportunities

 Tennessee JFON seeks Staff Attorney

The  staff attorney will be primarily responsible for the direct representation of vulnerable immigrant clients seeking humanitarian immigration legal services such as but not limited to Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and defense in immigration removal proceedings. Services will be provided in the office by appointment only and at USCIS offices and Memphis Immigration Court as required. The staff attorney will also be responsible for the supervision and training of volunteers who will assist in pro bono representation as needed.

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors is a non-profit organization committed to providing high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services, educating the public about issues related to immigration, and advocating for the rights of immigrants. The staff attorney will support the mission of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors and must be committed to upholding the universal human rights of individuals. The position will be located in Nashville serving clients currently living in Tennessee.

Main office:  Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN

Duties 

The staff attorney is responsible for the following:

  • Providing legal advice, direct representation, and assistance to clients seeking Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and defense in immigration removal proceedings;
  • Traveling to Memphis for USCIS interviews or immigration court appearances will be required for some clients;
  • Filing all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable;
  • Training and supervising pro bono attorneys who will provide support and assistance on individual cases;
  • Attending staff meetings and national or regional partner meetings;
  • Conducting educational presentations about immigration laws and policies for public audiences;
  • Assisting continuing education (CLE) presentations for pro bono attorneys; and
  • Maintaining a web-based case-tracking system (INSZOOM).

General Requirements

  1. The staff attorney must have a J.D. and be admitted to practice law in any state in the United States (Tennessee bar admission preferred).
  2. The staff attorney should have a strong commitment to public interest law and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of newcomer immigrant communities.
  3. The staff attorney should have an ability to work sensitively with numerous volunteers and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations and various faiths.
  4. The staff attorney will be directly accountable to the TNJFON Legal Advisory Committee and to the Legal Director Adrienne Kittos.
  5. General knowledge of immigration and nationality law and at least one year of legal practice in this field are required.  Spanish language ability is a highly desired.

About Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Since 2008, Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors has provided legal advice, counsel, and representation to approximately 3,000 immigrants and helped hundreds on the path to U.S. Citizenship. The organization has grown from a volunteer-led ministry at Belmont United Methodist Church to an independent non-profit organization with four full-time professional staff and over 100 volunteers. We represent immigrant residents of Middle Tennessee who have been victims of violence and persecution, unaccompanied children, and individuals seeking work authorization.

We are part of National Justice for Our Neighbors, a ministry founded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999. The National JFON network has 16 sites nationwide and serves over 4,000 clients annually with an array of immigration legal services.

Special Requirements

Spanish language ability is highly desired. Experience representing clients seeking Asylum, Special Immigrant Status, or defense in immigration removal proceedings is a plus.

Work Hours

Full-time and flexible; some evening and weekend events/engagements are required

Salary

Competitive salary, health and retirement benefits, all professional dues required to maintain an active law license, and professional development opportunities

Mailing Address

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors 

2195 Nolensville Pike

Nashville, TN 37211

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, current bar admissions, and salary requirements to neighbors@tnjfon.org, ATTN: Adrienne Kittos.

No phone calls or emails please. Applications are due by March 24, 2017.