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Staff Attorney: Immigration Program – Federal Litigation

The Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)
July 29, 2021
Batavia, NY
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The Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to join its Immigration Program in their Batavia, NY office. This office handles work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) contract at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, and some WNY county jails which hold immigrant women. This is a public defender model program where we represent all low income detained people that are facing deportation and are not otherwise represented.


  • Handle individual caseload and represent low-income immigrants subject to removal in matters such as habeas petitions before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and petitions for review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The selected applicant may also handle matters before DOJ-EOIR.
  • Work collaboratively with paralegals and social workers and act as an additional resource to them
  • Grant/data reporting
  • special projects/community outreach and education as directed
  • other duties may be assigned

Requirements/Skills - Required:

  • admitted to practice in good standing before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit or ability to gain admission within two months of commencing employment
  • Two years experience in litigation, preferably in immigration removal proceedings or related federal litigation
  • organizational skills to juggle many cases efficiently while also being able to track and report required data about the work in a timely and accurate manner
    ability to work cooperatively with fellow staff and supervisors while also being able to work independently
  • the means and willingness to travel (a driver’s license and access to a vehicle are required)
  • strong oral and written advocacy skills
  • legal research software proficiency
  • the desire to want a career in litigation defending low-income immigrants

Requirements/Skills Preferred:

  • fluency in Spanish or French

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, a cover letter clearly explaining your interest and qualifications. Include contact information for 3 references and send your materials to: Brenda Cisneros, Supervising Attorney, ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. at bcisneros@ecbavlp.com Applications will be reviewed as received. For information on VLP, see www.ecbavlp.com

VLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary depends upon experience. Excellent benefits including fully paid health insurance, a cafeteria plan for dependent care and transportation costs, long term disability insurance, life insurance, 403b plan, Simple Employee Pension Plan, and generous leave time. Employee paid dental insurance is also available. The work atmosphere is congenial, respectful and flexible.

This position will work out of our office located in Batavia, NY with the possibility of some remote work after the introductory period.