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ProBAR - Staff Attorney

TX ProBAR, 202 South First Street, Harlingen, Texas, United States of America Req #273
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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.  The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.

Accountable for the day-to-day management, administrative, and operational aspects screening, training, and the appropriate optimization of external pro bono licensed attorneys in support of
the provision of immigration legal services.


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Assisting the Pro Bono Counsel with sourcing, recruiting, training and day-to-day management of pro bono attorneys supporting the Commission’s Immigration initiatives in a variety of locations.

  • Helps to identify and recruit new pro bono immigration attorneys, and foster the retention of current pro bono volunteers, to assist in ensuring the provision of high-quality pro se assistance and representation.

  • Assists in the development and presentation of legal training and supporting materials, for private bar, government, and public interest attorneys.

  • Utilizes immigration law knowledge base to assist in individual matters and involves Commission staff on more complex or geographically specific matters.

  • Helps to lead and manage trips with teams of pro bono attorneys to provide pro se assistance and representation to detained adults and unaccompanied minors.

  • Accountable for pro bono attorneys to ensure the provision of quality legal services which align with the expectations of the Commission on Immigration

  • Mentors volunteers

  • Actively participates in and assists others in development and
    communications initiatives to seek support funds and services for the
    Commission on Immigration

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Required Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school.

  • Licensed to practice law in a U.S. state or territory or Accreditation, as required in order to appear as representative before immigration court.

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

  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office products and Google tools.

  • Must be able to pick on client visual and verbal cues.

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

  • Must be insurable and have an acceptable driving record.

  • 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.

Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Licensed to practice law and member in the State Bar of Texas, and two year experience in representing clients on immigration matters.

  • Prior work experience with clients, 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.

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