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Staff Attorney (Immigration)


The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley invites California State Bar attorneys with an interest in immigration law to apply to join us as a Staff Attorney on the Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY) team. This is a flexible, hybrid position. Attorneys must be available to commute to our San Jose, CA offices and/or hearings 2 days per week.


Who We Are


The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of historically excluded individuals and families across Santa Clara County through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. We serve over 10,000 individuals and families each year through our Housing Program, Children & Youth Program, and Health Program. Our attorneys, social workers, and advocates use legal advocacy as a tool for social change by crafting inventive solutions to the legal issues facing low-income people in our region.


With a staff of 90 employees, we are the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay region of the Bay Area. Our work is collaborative and meaningful and includes plenty of opportunities for professional growth. As a staff, we actively engage in discussions about race, equity, and inclusion, and are actively working towards a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-centered legal services practice that incorporates community and movement lawyering. 


What You'll Do


The Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) program of the Law Foundation is seeking a staff attorney to represent youth through one or more of its projects. The casework will be in our immigration law practice. Responsibilities include advocacy on behalf of children and youth in seeking affirmative immigration relief primarily in the form of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The staff attorney will also participate in community outreach such as Know Your Rights presentations and tabling events. They will engage in systemic advocacy both locally and at the state and national level to influence policy impacting immigrant youth and families. Additionally, the staff attorney will work with the Public Defender’s office for clients with criminal and Juvenile Justice cases. Experience working with diverse populations of youth on legal matters is desired. This position will also require participation in LACY’s regular team meetings, staff meetings, and program development activities including assisting the LACY Directing Attorney and Supervising Attorneys.



Primary Duties

  • Provide direct representation, advocacy, and information for youth in immigration law, and other matters, including seeking predicate SIJ findings in family and probate courts
  • Engage in Systemic advocacy to influence local, state and national policy impacting immigrant youth and families
  • Participate in outreach with community members to share information about available services and youth’s legal rights
  • Collaborate with the Public Defender’s Office for youth with criminal and juvenile justice cases
  • Participate in meetings with project partner and community agencies
  • Respond to referrals from service providers and partner agencies
  • Provide technical assistance to attorneys and service providers, and pro bono counsel
  • Participate in regular meetings with LACY and Law Foundation staff
  • Participate in general office upkeep duties, including computer data entry of case information, maintenance of billing records, filing, copying, drafting and filing court documents, and serving notice

Who You Are

  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of California
  • Bilingual and bicultural Spanish speaker
  • Experience in courtroom advocacy and administrative advocacy preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to the rights of children and youth
  • Ability to identify, investigate, and resolve client problems
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Ability to manage multiple clients in high-stress situations
  • Ability to work sensitively and productively with minors with diverse backgrounds including those in crisis
  • Valid Driver’s License or other transportation to attend meetings, hearings, home visits, and outreach presentations
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills
  • Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities desired

What We Offer


The salary scale for this position is $70,000 - $99,320.92. All compensation is determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIU Local 521 and LFSV. Placement on the wage table will be based upon an applicant’s bar admission date and months of experience in comparable roles. Excellent benefits are provided including:

  • A 35 hour/week work schedule
  • 19 paid holidays per year
  • 3-5 weeks of vacation per year
  • 12 days of sick leave per year
  • Fully paid medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums
  • A robust Employee Assistance Program that includes free/discounted mental health therapy and wellness services for employees and their dependents
  • A 401(k)-retirement plan with employer contributions
  • A sabbatical after 5 years of employment
  • An annual budget for professional development
  • An additional monthly stipend for those who are bilingual and utilize their language abilities in the course of their job
  • The option to work a hybrid schedule

The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, women, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Candidates from historically excluded communities including from different racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, persons living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community encouraged to apply.


ADA Accessible Facility - Equal Opportunity Employer - Drug-Free Workplace


To Apply: 


Submission Deadline: 
April 4, 2023
Organization Information: 
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
4 North 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
United States
Phone: 408-893-2743