Temporary Staff Attorney - Released

Baltimore, MD
Legal Programs – Released /
Temporary /
Hybrid
About KIND 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied and separated children who are forcibly displaced from their countries of origin. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. 
 
Building on its extensive programming and successful model in the United States, KIND is expanding in the Americas and Europe to bring its experience to bear in working with unaccompanied and separated children. Our work focuses on addressing the legal and mental health needs of this population; building strong partnerships and engaging in training and capacity strengthening with governments, NGOs, and the private sector; and advocating for systemic and pragmatic reforms to advance the rights of unaccompanied and separated children.

Position Summary
 
KIND seeks a Temporary Staff Attorney to provide expert legal services to unaccompanied children needing legal representation through zealous direct representation as well as pro bono facilitation, including robust consultation, training, and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted KIND cases. As needed, supervise Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, interns, and/or other non-attorney staff. The Temporary Staff Attorney will report to the Managing Attorney, Baltimore - Released. 

Essential Functions

    • Provides both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients. 
    • In the pro bono mentoring function, provides robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case. 
    • In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case, conducting client interviews, appearing before immigration and/or state courts or agencies and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. 
    • Supervises interns and/or other non-attorney staff as needed including, onboarding, skills training, daily support and coaching, review and quality assurance of filings, regular check-ins and performance evaluations, and provision of consistent and effective supervision and oversight. 
    • Places cases with pro bono attorneys and actively builds relationships between KIND and the pro bono community. 
    • In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team and the local field office Senior Attorney/s, as needed, helps develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets; with supervision, presents trainings to pro bono attorneys and community groups. 
    • Contributes to overall office functioning, including actively participating in field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, field office and KIND-wide committees, and assisting with office events. 
    • Ensures entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems. 
    • Represents KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies. 

Qualifications and Requirements

    • J.D. and admitted to the local state.  
    • Fluent in English and Spanish. 
    • Minimum of 1 year of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas. 
    • Minimum of 1 year of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. 
    • Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers if the majority of the caseload is working directly with pro bono attorneys. 
    • Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. 
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish. 
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites (such as Teams, Excel, etc.).  
    • Ability to work collaboratively and multi-task in our KIND environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities. 
    • Excellent organizational skills with ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment. Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate as appropriate. 
    • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles.  
    • Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life.  
    • Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. 
    • Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. 
    • Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance.  
    • Experience working and communicating in a remote environment.  
$71,422.57 - $89,278.21 a year
Our Benefits
 
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance with KIND paying 100% of the employee only portion of the premium for one of the two medical plan options, dental, and vision. 
- Pre-tax flexible spending account (FSA) for both medical and dependent care.  
- Pre-tax transit and parking spending account.  
- Employer-paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.  
- Employer-paid short and long-term disability insurance.  
 
For a complete list of benefits, please click here
 
Our Focus on Wellness
 
KIND recognizes that our ability to help our clients starts with helping our team members. KIND has prioritized wellness for employees through Mindfulness and Wellness Trainings, Wellness Platforms, Employee Assistance and Resilience Programs, Time Away and Office Wellness Activities. 
For more information regarding our Wellness initiatives please visit this link.  

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Application Instructions

To be considered for this role, please submit an employment application at supportkind.org/join-the-team, along with your resume and cover letter.
 
KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website: https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/