Immigration Staff Attorney (South Bay)

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Job Description:

We seek a culturally sensitive Staff Attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join BayLegal’s immigration team.  We provide immigration legal services to noncitizen survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking throughout BayLegal’s seven county service areas. The Staff Attorney handles primarily U visas, T Visas, VAWA Self-Petitions, I-751 Waivers, and related fee waiver requests, work authorization applications, and adjustment of status applications, for principal clients and their immediate relatives that qualify for such relief. The Staff Attorney conducts intakes and prepares cases for pro bono placement, maintains an existing caseload of immigration cases, and provides technical assistance and back up coverage to other staff attorneys and volunteers. The Staff Attorney will be based in our downtown San José office and will conduct intakes and represent clients in the South Bay, focusing primarily on residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.



The Immigration Staff Attorney reports to the Managing Attorney of the Santa Clara County Regional Office and the Immigration Regional Counsel. In this position, the Staff Attorney helps ensure that BayLegal’s immigration services are provided effectively throughout the Bay Area by both pro bono and staff attorneys with a high degree of competence.


  • Assist the Immigration Regional Counsel in providing direct assistance to BayLegal staff and volunteers in the provision of client services including training and technical assistance on immigration legal issues for staff, law clerks, and pro bono attorneys.


  • Intake/case preparation including conducting intake interviews in the regional offices of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County to screen cases for eligibility for pro bono placement, requesting U visa certifications for those cases, and preparing memos for pro bono placement of the cases.


  • Undertake casework on BayLegal immigration-related cases as necessary including managing an existing caseload and providing back-up on cases for staff or pro bono attorneys.


  • Participate in county, regional, and/or statewide collaborations around the rights of and immigration relief available to survivors of interpersonal violence.


  • Take part in media interviews related to immigrant rights, especially regarding the rights of and relief available to immigrant survivors of interpersonal violence.


About the Successful Candidate:

  • Admitted to practice, with good standing, in at least one state (California preferred);


  • Minimum 2 years of relevant immigration legal experience strongly preferred, in particular with U visa, VAWA relief, T visa, and SIJS. Additional desirable practice areas include: Adjustment of status, family-based petitions, naturalization, asylum, and removal defense. Significant clinical, internship, and/or fellowship experience considered;


  • Cultural competency in working with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities, LEP clients, LGBT clients, and clients who have experienced trauma;


  • Bilingual ability in Spanish or Vietnamese preferred;


  • Excellent communication, writing, and public speaking skills;


  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively with a dynamic team;


  • Experience mentoring volunteer students and pro bono attorneys a plus;


  • Possesses a deep understanding of the intersectional issues pertaining to immigrant survivors of interpersonal violence;


  • A valid California driver’s license and access to a car, or has access to alternate means of transportation.


Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment; bilingual stipends; and 401k retirement plan.



Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send (1) cover letter, (2) diversity statement described below, (3) resume, (4) references, and (5) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to Be sure to refer to the posting “DV Attorney—Santa Clara County” in the title of your email.

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BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.