Michigan Immigrant Rights Center - Fellowship Attorney for Afghan Arrivals Project - Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Ypsilanti

POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking a Fellowship Attorney or Law Graduate to lead a project serving new arrivals from Afghanistan. The position can be based in our Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Ypsilanti offices. This is a grant-funded one year fellowship position. The focus of our program will be recruiting, training, and engaging pro bono volunteer attorneys in assisting Afghan arrivals in completing applications for asylum or other relevant forms of immigration relief. This is a chance to join a talented team doing important and challenging work at a critical time for evacuees from Afghanistan arriving in Michigan with urgent immigration legal needs. Travel within the state of Michigan, including in-person visits to refugee agencies and law offices statewide, will be required. Many of these locations are only reachable by car. In person visits to the Chicago Asylum Office will be required. MIRC will provide mileage reimbursement and reimbursement of travel costs. While MAP is a hybrid remote/in-person employer, for this position, in-person work on a regular basis will be required.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MIRC is a legal resource center for immigrant communities. The three pillars of our work are: direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and 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

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or eligible to take the next Michigan bar exam. Applicants 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 must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Applicants must be proficient with major software and web services including Word, Excel, G Suite, and have access to a reliable internet connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants who have experience, especially related to immigration, refugee status, and poverty, will receive priority. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to effectively communicate in Dari, Pashto or another relevant language, but these language skills are not required, and interpretation resources will be provided.

BENEFITS: Salary starts at $50,000 based on years of relevant experience and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits.

Apply by:

  1. Completing this application form.
  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 Fellowship Attorney for Afghan Arrivals Project” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority is given to those received by January 10, 2022.

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

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, December 22, 2021