Staff Attorney – Maryland Practice

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Location

Washington, DC - Temporarily Remote

Category

Attorney

Posted

June 7, 2021

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) located in Washington, D.C. has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney for its Maryland practice.

The APALRC is a non-profit legal services organization dedicated to advancing the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Islanders in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia through legal services, education, and advocacy. The mission of the APALRC is to provide linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services to low-income Asian Pacific Islander immigrants to ensure their access to government services and the legal system to protect and enforce their rights and to seek full participation in American society.  The APALRC provides legal services in a wide range of legal issues including abuse prevention, employment, family, housing, immigration, public assistance and community development matters.

Tasks & Duties: 

  • Provide legal advice and direct representation services to Maryland residents primarily in the areas of family law and immigration law, with a particular focus on assisting survivors of domestic violence.
  • Supervise law student interns, including assigning tasks and providing student feedback.
  • Conduct walk-in intake sessions at community-based organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • Conduct Know Your Rights seminars on legal topics relevant to the Asian immigrant community.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with private attorneys to promote pro bono opportunities.
  • Maintain partnerships with local government, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other entities in Maryland to promote the APALRC and its legal services.
  • Participate in outreach events to promote the APALRC and its legal services.

Skills/Qualifications

  • 0-3 years of legal experience, preferably with a background in family and/or immigration law.
  • Licensed to practice law in Maryland required. Out-of-State attorneys must be able to waive into the Maryland bar and/or available to sit for the next scheduled bar examination following date of employment.
  • Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and/or Virginia, or able to waive into the District of Columbia or Virginia Bar strongly preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice advocacy
  • Experience working with immigrant communities, low-income individuals and those with limited English proficiency strongly preferred.
    • Experience working with Asian immigrant communities preferred but not required
  • Fluency in an Asian language, particularly Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi or Urdu strongly preferred.

Compensation

Salary: $50,000-$53,750 depending on experience and in accordance with the APALRC’s salary scale. Fringe benefits include full health coverage (medical, dental and vision), long/short term disability, life insurance and paid vacation, personal, sick leave and holidays.

How To Apply

Submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and work experience, along with a résumé, brief writing sample (5-10 pages), and three professional references to Naznin Saifi at naznin.saifi@apalrc.org. No telephone inquiries, please.