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Metropolitan Public Defender Seeks Padilla Project Attorney
June 5, 2018 | Mana

Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) is seeking an attorney with immigration and criminal experience for its Padilla Project and who has a passion for holistic defense.  The attorney’s primary responsibility is to provide immigration legal support to MPD’s criminal defense attorneys who represent noncitizens, including advice on possible immigration issues arising from criminal charges and plea or sentencing strategies to minimize the client’s immigration consequences. The attorney may also provide additional direct support to defense attorneys and their clients throughout the criminal process. The Padilla attorney may spend some time on direct criminal representation and will also have the opportunity to provide direct immigration legal services as a component to MPD’s Immigrant Defense Oregon (IDO) project, which focuses on fighting deportations and representing and assisting those in removal proceedings. Those additional services may include consulting with clients about removal proceedings and potential defenses in immigration court, assisting clients with immigration applications, writing motions, and appearing in immigration court. Finally, as another part of IDO, the Padilla attorney works with a partner immigration nonprofit agency in reviewing the criminal history of potential clients for potential issues of inadmissibility or deportability.

Salary start range is between $58,500 and 67,000 depending on experience; full benefits included; Oregon bar is preferred although individuals with other state bar membership will be considered.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letter should be addressed to Aliza Kaplan, Director of Community Law Division.

Please email application in pdf format to

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.