​​​Multiple Immigration Staff Attorney Positions – Albany and Buffalo, New York

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of both entry-level and experienced immigration attorneys in its Albany and Buffalo offices. Attorneys will provide legal representation to men and women detained in New York State prisons facing removal proceedings in the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), and to women in immigration detention at the Albany and Clinton County Jails, whose cases are calendared at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY.

PLS is a non-profit legal services organization providing civil legal services to indigent inmates in New York State correctional facilities in cases where no other counsel is available. Founded in 1976 in response to the Attica uprising, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh. In 2014, as part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS began providing free legal representation to non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison who were facing immigration removal proceedings under the IHP at Ulster Immigration Court located inside Ulster Correctional Facility. In 2017 PLS’ immigration services were expanded to include providing legal representation to all non-citizens in New York State prisons facing removal proceeding in the IHP and to women in immigration detention in Albany County jail in Albany, NY and Clinton County jail in Plattsburgh, NY.

Job Description:
The Staff Attorneys will consult with clients, evaluate the immigration consequences of criminal dispositions, develop and implement strategies on “crimiggration” issues, and represent clients at master calendar and merits hearings in Immigration Court. Staff Attorneys will also represent clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and may represent clients in Special Immigration Juvenile Status petitions in Family Court and applications to USCIS.
The ideal candidate would be familiar with “crimiggration” issues, particularly the categorical approach to determining whether a criminal conviction is a ground for removability. Applicants must possess strong legal research and writing skills, and must have clear and effective oral communications skills. PLS highly values collaboration and thus seeks applicants able to work in a team environment, and who have strong organizational skills to manage a high volume of cases. Clinical or professional background in immigration and / or criminal law is preferred.


Fluency in Spanish is preferred. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency in your application.

Salary and Benefits:
The starting salary for entry-level attorneys is $56,000. Attorneys will be compensated commensurate with experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

Deadline to Apply:

Submission by January 1, 2018. Applications will be interviewed and hired on a rolling basis.

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and at least three (3) references by mail or email to: Patricia Kane, Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, 41 State St., Suite M112, Albany, NY 12207 or to pkane@plsny.org. Include “PLS Immigration Attorney” along with your preference for office location. No phone calls please.

Paralegal/Administrative Assistant Position – Albany and Buffalo, New York

 Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is searching for a Spanish speaking Paralegal/Administrative Assistant for our Immigration Unit in our Albany and Buffalo, New York regional offices. PLS’ Immigration Unit provides legal representation to over 250 immigrants incarcerated in New York State prisons who are facing deportation. By providing high quality representation to immigrants facing deportation, PLS seeks to minimize the harsh and disproportionate immigration consequences that contact with the criminal justice system often entails.

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 3 years’ combined experience in the paralegal and administrative/secretarial fields and must be fluent in Spanish. The applicant should also be detailed oriented, organized, a team player, passionate about immigration and dedicated to the job. The position requires an individual who can perform legal secretarial, administrative and paralegal duties and who has extremely strong computer and internet research skills, as well as exceptional writing, organizational and leadership skills. This position also calls for flexibility, excellent interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as with clients, agencies and vendors.  

PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York and will be set depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Please send your cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: pkane@plsny.org. Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The position will remain open until filled.

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