Michigan Immigrant Rights Center - Staff attorney (Ypsilanti)

Date Posted: 
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 1:15pm

POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking an outstanding attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy to join our team as a Staff Attorney focused on Washtenaw County residents. This position has been added to address the dramatic increase in need for MIRC’s services and is a result of crucial resolutions passed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. The successful candidate will collaborate with local community programs, conduct outreach, provide technical support, and handle a caseload of immigration cases including but not limited to naturalization, affirmative asylum applications, removal defense (including bond), and other forms of humanitarian relief. This candidate will also be involved with supervising law clerks and engaging in impact litigation cases, appeals, and other advocacy on behalf of immigrant individuals and families in Washtenaw County. This is a chance to join a talented team doing incredibly important and challenging work.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM: MIRC is a legal resource center for immigrants and immigration advocates across Michigan with offices in Ypsilanti, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. MIRC provides a wide range of legal services aimed to address issues that disproportionately impact immigrant families. These services include litigation, training and technical assistance, and community education. Visit michiganimmigrant.org for more information.

MIRC is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services and is administered by the  Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through our civil legal aid offices and statewide advocacy programs.

QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant must be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or able to take the next Michigan bar exam.  The applicant must possess excellent communication, collaboration, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of immigrants or other persons in poverty. Applicants who have experience, especially related to immigration and poverty, will receive priority. Applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Spanish will also receive priority.

BENEFITS: Salary starts at $46,000 based on years of relevant experience and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits.


  1. Complete this application form.
  2. Submit your resume, a list of three professional references, and cover letter by email with “MIRC Washtenaw Attorney” in the subject line to jobs@michiganimmigrant.org.

The position is open until filled; applications received by November 1, 2019 will receive priority.

MIRC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.