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ProBAR - Staff Attorney-HRL

TX ProBAR, 202 South First Street, Harlingen, Texas, United States of America Req #177
Monday, March 2, 2020

During this current situation with COVID-19, the ABA will continue to accept and process applications for job opportunities.  We will conduct our recruitment process via alternative means (virtual interviews) for the time being.

The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world. 

Accountable for providing legal services to detained unaccompanied children in immigration
removal proceedings, in the South Texas border region.

Job Functions and Responsibilities

·       Provides   legal services including direct representation to detained or locally released children in immigration removal proceedings.

·       Reviews legal screenings conducted by non-attorney staff. Reviews and assigns follow-up services, including additional interviewing, referrals to other legal services providers and advocates, or in- house representation.

·       Regularly appears in immigration court to represent children in removal proceedings and
  to act as Friend of Court for other detained youth as appropriate. May also
  appear in Texas state court as related to a child’s immigration case.

·       Develops and maintains legal competency relating to immigration detention work, specifically as applied to unaccompanied minors. Builds and maintains relations with local stakeholders. Observes ethical practices relating to client confidentiality using ProBAR’s case management system.

·       Builds and maintains relationships with local stakeholders.

·       Performs other related duties as required.

Required Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school and be in good standing.

  • Licensed to practice law in a U.S. state or territory.

  • Fluent in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms.

  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google tools and Adobe.

  • Must be able to pick up on client verbal and non-verbal cues.

  • Have reliable transportation to travel to off-site work locations.

  • This position requires the ability to travel to and enter care provider facilities funded by the office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services which provide housing and services to unaccompanied children. This position will require the provision of legal services to unaccompanied children in such care provider facilities. In accordance with the federal regulation, background check will be required for this position.

  • Must be insurable and have an acceptable driving record.

Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Licensed to practice law and member in the State Bar of Texas, and one year experience.

  • Prior work experience with children, particularly from Central America and including Mayan language- speaking populations.

  • Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention.

  • Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving immigration detention.

Benefits Offered

· Medical and prescription insurance

·    Dental insurance

· Vision insurance

·    Flexible Spending   Account (FSA)

· Voluntary life insurance

·   Short and long term disability insurance

·  Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

·  Prepaid Legal Plan

·  401(k)

·  Paid company holidays

·  Personal time off

·  Vacation time off

·  Monthly Self Care time off

·  On site gym

·  PSLF Participant

·  Cell  phone stipend*

·  Relocation stipend*

· Retention bonus*

*Subject to restrictions.


The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 956-365-3775 or email

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Hiring Rate $65,000.00
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 15
  • Required Education Doctorate
  • TX ProBAR, 202 South First Street, Harlingen, Texas, United States of America