Immigration Staff Attorney

Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) - San Jose, CA

Full-timeEstimated: $58,000 - $81,000 a year


Reports To: Supervising Attorney

Location: San Jose, CA

Position: Full-time, exempt position

Salary Range: Based on experience, plus comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision, as well as transportation and fitness reimbursement.

OVERVIEW OF SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network)

SIREN combines community organizing, policy advocacy, civic engagement, community outreach, education and legal services to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in California. We believe our clients and all immigrants are agents of change and we prepare them for leadership in all four of these program areas.


The Staff Attorney must be passionate about SIREN’s mission. The Staff Attorney will be part of SIREN’s legal department that specializes in providing direct representation to immigrants and refugees in deportation proceedings. To that end, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for providing client consultations with greater attention to complicated cases, representation of clients, research, and analysis.


  • Litigate both affirmative and defensive cases before USCIS, EOIR, the BIA, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, interviewing potential clients and determining whether they qualify for relief, assisting them with any applications for relief, researching legal issues related to their claims, preparing all necessary filings, and representing them throughout their removal/affirmative proceedings.


  • Work alongside a diverse legal team to create infrastructure and sustainability within the immigrant legal services program, including, but not limited to, managing in-house training opportunities for DOJ accredited representatives and grow volunteer base for in-house legal assistance.
  • Network to obtain external organizational support, to build collaborations that support legal program activities, and/or to refer clients to partners on issues outside our expertise.
  • Assist with meeting grant deliverables that fund the immigration legal program.


  • Support, as needed, with legal workshops, mobile workshops and trainings.
  • Conduct presentations on various immigration related topics, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Supervising Attorney or Executive Director.


Have a U.S. law degree (J.D.) and active bar membership. CA bar membership is strongly preferred and will be given preference. Individuals with experience in immigration law, specifically in removal defense, will also be given preference.


  • Must be a fast and flexible learner and able to work in an organization with many moving parts.
  • Committed to the needs of the immigrant community and passionate about immigrant and human rights.
  • An individual who is bilingual and bi-literate in Spanish is strongly preferred and will be given preference.
  • Attention to detail and have strong legal office organizational skills.
  • Adept at public speaking and teaching in large groups and comfortable with conducting media interviews.
  • Ability to work under pressure and exercise flexibility as needed.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to identify problems and develop creative solutions both independently and in cooperation with others.
  • Excellent customer service skills and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain a good working relationship with culturally diverse staff and clients.
  • Able, upon hire, to provide own transportation; with adequate insurance and a CA driver's license, when needed.
  • Willing to work flexible hours as required by program.
  • Community organizing or community lawyering experience a plus.


Must be in good standing with the state bar (CA State Bar strongly preferred).


  • Ability to work on weekends/evenings and travel, as needed.
  • Must have a valid driver’s License, car insurance, and daily access to a car.
  • Main office: SIREN’s Bay Area office located in San Jose, CA.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references. Cover letter should include a detailed description of the candidate’s legal career and experience.

For more information about SIREN, visit our website at

*SIREN is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, especially individuals from immigrant and refugee communities. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at SIREN.

Job Type: Full-time