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Job Posting: Staff Attorneys for the Immigration Detention Accountability Project and the Accessibility Project

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CREEC is Hiring Full-Time Staff Attorneys

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) is seeking two Staff Attorneys, one to support the Accessibility Project (AP) and one to support the Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP). Each is a full-time position with the ability to work remotely. 

CREEC is a legal nonprofit and membership organization widely recognized for systemic change litigation and for education and support for lawyers, advocates, and individuals. Our mission is to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

About the Accessibility Project: 

The Accessibility Project (AP) fights against discrimination and for disability justice through impact litigation, individual advocacy, outreach and education. We currently engage in litigation and education efforts for incarcerated individuals, protesters, and other people with disabilities to advocate for equal access, including effective communication, access to programs and services, and physical accessibility. We represent clients with many different types of disabilities including people with psychiatric disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and communication disabilities (such as people who are D/deaf, hard-of hearing, DeafBlind, or blind). 

CREEC recognizes the need to go beyond enforcement of disability rights laws and to use an intersectional approach to understand how different systems of oppression affect our clients and communities. We are looking for a Staff Attorney who will continue CREEC’s current disability rights work while helping us develop innovative ways of pursuing disability justice that center the voices of those most marginalized. 

About the Immigration Detention Accountability Project: 

We believe that immigration detention must be abolished. We also know that while detention continues to be sanctioned by the courts and Congress, we need to fight for the rights of those detained. IDAP represents immigrants in ICE detention centers, taking into account the intersections of immigration, disability, and racial justice. We undertake this work at the individual, facility-specific, and system-wide levels, in the forms of direct representation, class action litigation, and educational resources for the disability and immigration rights communities.  

We are looking for a Staff Attorney who will expand CREEC’s capacity to fight for our clients while furthering the goals of the larger immigration justice movement.  

Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney: 

Under the supervision of the program director, the Staff Attorney will:  

  • Participate in impact litigation, class actions and other systemic and individual cases: 
    • Client contact 
    • Legal research and writing 
    • Document management 
    • Written discovery and depositions 
    • Motion practice 
  • Participate in oral and written advocacy. 
  • Screen intakes. 
  • Participate in coalitions, conferences, and educational outreach. 
  • Work collaboratively to develop new cases and community and client relationships. 
  • Develop presentations and trainings. 
  • Oversee staff and interns. 

Requirements: 

  • Experience: 3–6 years of experience, including complex civil litigation. 
  • Sound professional judgment, excellent critical thinking skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and exceptional time management and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to effectively work and collaborate with a team remotely. 

Additional Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will have:  

  • Experience litigating in federal court. 
  • Knowledge of and a demonstrated commitment to immigration and disability rights and justice. 
  • An orientation toward movement lawyering and client-centered advocacy through an intersectional lens. 
  • Commitment to continued learning and cultural humility. 
  • Enthusiasm about working collaboratively with CREEC’s staff across all areas and activities.  
  • Openness to performing related tasks consistent with skills and abilities and general responsibilities as may be assigned by the program director. 
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or ASL. 

Salary & Benefits:   

Salary $65,000.00–$80,000.00 depending on experience and location/cost of living. 

Benefits include a healthcare plan, a SIMPLE retirement plan to which CREEC contributes, three weeks of paid leave, workers’ compensation insurance, payment of dues for relevant organizations, payment of bar dues, continuing legal education, and malpractice insurance. Each benefit is subject to eligibility requirements as specified in plan documents, and CREEC reserves the right to modify the benefits it offers from time to time. 

CREEC prioritizes staff wellbeing and quality of life and continues to look for ways to support staff through flexibility in our policies. During the pandemic, for example, this included extra time off during the summer, flexible schedules, and mental health days. 

This is a remote position. If the successful applicant is located in or near Denver, there may be opportunities to work in our Denver office. 

CREEC is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and promotes an inclusive culture. CREEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. 

We encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities to apply. 

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and cover letter to resumes@creeclaw.org . Your cover letter should specify whether you would like to be considered for the AP, IDAP or both Staff Attorney positions and explain why you would be ideal for the role(s) in light of the description above. Please include “Staff Attorney [Your Last Name]” in the subject line. 

We are accepting applications until October 12, 2021.