Immigration Staff Attorney Positions – Albany, New York
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of entry-level immigration attorneys in its Albany offices.  Attorneys will provide free legal representation to male and female New York State prisoners in removal proceedings in the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), and to women in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail, whose cases are calendared at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY. 

Overview:
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. As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS provides free legal representation to non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison facing immigration removal proceedings under the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) and women in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail in Albany, NY.  These proceedings take place at the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York and at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY. 


Job Description:

The ideal candidate would have strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills; the ability to work in a collaborative and dynamic team environment; excellent organizational skills; and a commitment to serving indigent clients convicted of crimes.  Clinical or professional background in immigration and / or criminal law is preferred. 

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


Salary and Benefits:
Salary is 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 December 21st is highly encouraged. Applications will be accepted immediately. 

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” in the subject line along with your preference for office location.  No phone calls please.



Paralegal Position – Albany, New York
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of a Spanish-speaking Paralegal for our Immigration Unit office in Albany, NY. The Paralegal will provide support to the Immigration Unit’s team of immigration attorneys, who provide free legal representation to non-citizens in removal proceedings in Immigration Court.

Overview:
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, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS also provides free legal representation to all non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison facing immigration removal proceedings under the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), in addition to non-citizens in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail in Albany, NY, the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY, and Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh, NY.

Under NYIFUP, PLS represents non-citizens in the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, which are located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York; in the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY; on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals; and on petition for review before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Job Description:
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of two years’ experience in the paralegal field and must be fluent in Spanish. The position requires an individual who can perform legal, administrative and paralegal duties, and who has extremely strong research and writing skills. The applicant should be detail-oriented, organized, a team player, and passionate about immigration. This position 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.  

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be 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 December 15, 2018 is highly encouraged, but applications will be processed immediately in an effort to fill this position as soon as possible. 

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, 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 Paralegal / Administrative Assistant – Buffalo” in the subject line.  Please note all language skills and level of proficiency in your application.  No phone calls please.



​​​Immigration Staff Attorney Positions – Buffalo, New York

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of an Immigration Staff Attorney in its Buffalo office. The staff attorney will provide free legal representation to New York State prisoners in removal proceedings in the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), and to non-citizens in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail and Buffalo Federal Detention Facility, whose cases are calendared at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY. 


Overview:
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, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh. As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS also provides free legal representation to all non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison facing immigration removal proceedings under the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), in addition to non-citizens in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail in Albany, NY, the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY, and Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh, NY. Under NYIFUP, PLS represents non-citizens in the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, which are located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York; in the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY; on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals; and on petition for review before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Job Description:
The ideal candidate would have 2 to 4 years’ experience representing clients in removal proceedings in Immigration Court, preferably in a detained setting.  Candidates must possess strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills; the ability to work in a collaborative and dynamic team environment; excellent organizational skills; and a commitment to serving indigent clients convicted of crimes. Clinical or professional background in immigration and / or criminal law is preferred.

Languages:

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


Salary and Benefits:
Salary is 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 November 15, 2018 is highly encouraged. Applications will be accepted immediately. 

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 Staff Attorney – Buffalo” in the subject line. No phone calls please.



​Paralegal / Administrative Assistant Position – Buffalo, New York

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of a Spanish-speaking Paralegal / Administrative Assistant for our Immigration Unit office in Buffalo, NY. The Paralegal / Administrative Assistant will provide support to the Immigration Unit’s team of immigration attorneys, who provide free legal representation to non-citizens in removal proceedings in Immigration Court.

Overview:
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, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh. As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS also provides free legal representation to all non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison facing immigration removal proceedings under the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), in addition to non-citizens in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail in Albany, NY, the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY, and Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh, NY. Under NYIFUP, PLS represents non-citizens in the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, which are located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York; in the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY; on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals; and on petition for review before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Job Description:
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of two years’ combined experience in the paralegal and administrative / secretarial fields and must be fluent in Spanish. The position requires an individual who can perform legal secretarial, administrative and paralegal duties, and who has extremely strong research and writing skills. The applicant should be detail-oriented, organized, a team player, and passionate about immigration. This position 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.  

Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be 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 November 15, 2018 is highly encouraged, but applications will be processed immediately in an effort to fill this position as soon as possible. 

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, 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 Paralegal / Administrative Assistant – Buffalo” in the subject line.  Please note all language skills and level of proficiency in your application.  No phone calls please.




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