Legal Director

Responsibilities

Ongoing duties of the Legal Director include but are not limited to:

  • Report directly to Executive Director

  • Work primarily in Santa Fe, NM and be available for occasional travel to other parts of the state

  • Assist Executive Director in staffing decisions as applied to legal services programs

  • Assist Executive Director in developing annual budget

  • Assist Executive Director in developing the strategic plan

  • Represent clients in cases that require advanced practice abilities or help develop abilities to mentor attorneys in cases

  • Maintain small caseload of direct representation

  • Supervise and mentor staff attorneys in legal cases

  • Oversee case-management and deadlines

  • Develop litigation strategy with partner organizations

  • Review casework before filing, where appropriate

  • Maintain adequate continuing legal education pertaining to areas of law governing organizational programs

  • Oversee client communication

  • Have final decision regarding acceptance or denial of cases for representation

  • Participate in committees and working groups with partner organizations and attend liaison meetings with government agencies

  • Engage with the media

  • Supervise  interns, volunteers, legal assistants

  • Evaluate professional legal/ethical questions from staff attorneys, engaging the State Bar where necessary

  • Oversee legal clinics and off-site community based programming

  • Conduct staff trainings

  • Conduct quarterly review of legal staff’s job performance

  • Comply with all local, state, and federal legal requirements

Qualifications:

  • License to practice law in any jurisdiction

  • Professional fluency in English and Spanish

  • 5+ years of immigration law practice

  • Experience in immigration court

  • Creativity, sense of humor, ability to manage stress, excellent communication skills, patience, sense of adventure

Salary and Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary commensurate with experience

  • Competitive health,vision, and dental care and life insurance

  • Generous paid time off, maternity/paternity leave

Please send your resume and letter of interest  in the body of the email to our Director, Allegra Love, at allegra@santafedreamersproject.org.  We are accepting applications on a rolling basis but looking to hire the right applicant as soon as possible. We value diversity in our workplace and strongly encourage applicants from people of color, LGBTQI individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.


Staff Attorney/DOJ Rep- Humanitarian Visa Program

Report directly to Executive Director and Legal Director

  • Work primarily in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and be available for regular travel across New Mexico

  • Represent survivors of violence and abuse in immigration applications and petitions, focused primarily on U-Visas.

  • Manage a high volume of cases competently and efficiently, including creating case management systems and developing office resources where necessary to increase capacity

  • Organize and coordinate rural legal clinics in partnership with victim services providers across the state.  Travel to rural areas of New Mexico 1-2 times per month to provide ongoing legal representation to clients through rural legal clinics.  

  • Maintain mutually respectful and productive relationships with law enforcement agencies, local judges, and other certifying agencies

  • This position does not include any defensive representation of applicants in Immigration Court proceedings

  • Supervise legal assistants and/or law student interns

  • Maintain adequate continuing legal education pertaining to areas of practice

  • Comply with all local, state, and federal legal requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • License to practice law in any US jurisdiction, OR

  • Full or partial accreditation by the Department of Justice

  • Professional fluency in English and Spanish, and cultural competency to serve a majority Latinx clientele

  • Competency to sensitively and effectively serve high-needs clients experiencing trauma, crisis, and instability

  • Ability to work respectfully and effectively with partner organizations, and to work collaboratively with other SFDP staff members

  • Creativity, sense of humor, ability to manage stress, excellent communication skills, patience, sense of adventure

Salary and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Competitive health, vision, and dental care and life insurance

  • Generous paid time off, maternity/paternity leave

Please send your resume and letter of interest  in the body of the email to our Director, Allegra Love, at allegra@santafedreamersproject.org.  We are accepting applications on a rolling basis but looking to hire the right applicant as soon as possible. We value diversity in our workplace and strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQI individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.


INTERNSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

If you are a student seeking an internship or fellowship opportunity please contact our director, Allegra at allegra@santafedreamersproject.org. We are looking forward to hearing from you and we are not expecting you to work for free! We value diversity in our workplace and strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQI individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.