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Center for Appellate Litigation Seeks Immigrant Justice Project Staff Attorney Fellow
May 15, 2018 | Mana



The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) seeks an attorney to join their Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) as a Staff Attorney Fellow, to start as soon as practicable.  This is a full-time, paid position for a term of two years, with a possible third year extension.

CAL is a non-profit law firm of forty attorneys and other legal staff dedicated to the pursuit of equal justice under the law for indigent New Yorkers in their criminal appeals or other post-conviction proceedings.  They believe all people deserve dignity, respect, and the right to be heard and treated fairly when their liberty has been taken from them or threatened, regardless of their ability to pay for an attorney.

IJP analyzes the cases of CAL’s noncitizen clients to determine the immigration consequences of their criminal conviction and pursues the full range of post-conviction legal remedies available to them—whether by bringing state law collateral proceedings or on direct appeal of the criminal conviction—to advance their rights and protect them from the threat of immigration detention and deportation as a result of their criminal conviction.  IJP is currently comprised of four full-time attorneys and a dedicated paralegal.


They seek dynamic lawyers with at least one year of experience as a criminal defense or immigration attorney working at the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Candidates must have excellent analytical, writing, research, and oral advocacy skills; be a team player; have the organizational skills required to manage multiple active cases under varying time pressures; and have a strong commitment to public defense and serving indigent clients convicted of crimes. Candidates must be admitted to the New York State Bar.  Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Because they believe a diverse work force is essential to helping clients through differing perspectives, CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and people of LGBTQ+ identities. CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, at least two references, and a writing sample to Marianne Yang at  Include “IJP Staff Attorney Fellow” in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.  Only applicants invited for interviews will be contacted.


Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled.  However, submission by June 1, 2018 is highly encouraged.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary for 2017 law graduates will be at least $65,000, and for more experienced attorneys will be commensurate with experience.  Our excellent benefits include medical, dental, 27 days of paid vacation, and other fringe benefits.