Michigan Immigrant Rights Center - Supervising Attorney - Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Ypsilanti

POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking a Supervising Attorney in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Ypsilanti to help lead MIRC’s dynamic and committed unaccompanied children’s legal services team working largely under a grant from Vera. This team of attorneys and advocates serve unaccompanied children who have entered the United States and are detained in federal custody in facilities contracted by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and placed in removal (deportation) proceedings or have been released to Michigan from ORR to undergo removal proceedings. This supervising attorney role will be focused on MIRC’s unaccompanied children’s sub practice working with children at Michigan’s Emergency Intake Site in Albion Michigan. This position will be remote until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and will have options for a hybrid schedule after that time.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MIRC is a legal resource center for immigrant communities. The three pillars of our work are: 1) direct legal services; 2) systemic advocacy; and 3) community education and engagement. MIRC is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income and senior persons through several statewide programs. MSAS is administered by the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through civil legal aid offices and statewide advocacy programs. MAP’s mission is to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions.

Visit michiganimmigrant.org and miadvocacy.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Supervising Attorney will supervise the Emergency Intake Site (“EIS”) sub-practice of the Unaccompanied Children’s (“UC”) team at MIRC and will report directly to MIRC’s UC managing attorney and work alongside other UC supervisors for matters that affect the entire team and for mutual coverage of supervision duties. The supervising attorney’s duties would include advocacy, intake, community outreach and managing relationships with partners, grant administration and compliance, and training and supervision of staff and volunteers. The UC team currently includes one managing attorney, and three supervising attorney and 35 permanent staff.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Michigan or be eligible to waive in or to take the next Michigan bar examination, should have experience in handling a immigration law caseload, and should demonstrate a commitment to serving low-income immigrant and other underserved communities. Because this is a management position, administrative and supervisory experience is preferred. Three years’ legal experience is required; five years’ legal experience is preferred. Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish are required.

BENEFITS: This is a full-time position with a 2021 starting salary at $55,000 and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits. 

Apply by:

  1. Completing this application form: cc/MIRCJOBS
  2. Emailing a cover letter that confirms your qualifications, your current resume, and a list of three professional references to jobs@michiganimmigrant.org with “MIRC Supervising Attorney” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority is given to those received by November 8, 2021.

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


Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 21, 2021