Managing Attorney, Detained Adult Program

Who We Are:

 CAIR Coalition fights every day alongside immigrant children and adults who are detained and facing deportation. We provide legal and social services to immigrants in the Capital Region and beyond. The Detained Adult Program (DAP) works with hundreds of adults who are detained by ICE each year, providing information, support and legal representation. We provide trauma-sensitive, person-centered services, and deeply value the autonomy of the people we work with in detention as they navigate the fundamentally inhumane immigration system.

Position Summary:

 A direct representation managing attorney in the Detained Adult Program focuses on ensuring that program staff provide excellent and efficient services to clients, implementing long-term plans for the program, providing direct legal services to immigrant adults, and supervising junior staff with a focus on professional development.

General Duties and Responsibilities [1]:


  • Provide oversight and management of significant aspects of the program in coordination with the program directors and other managers. 
  • Take on direct legal representation of detained clients in removal proceedings before immigration courts in Maryland, Virginia and remote locations (virtually or in-person), USCIS, ICE and local federal or state courts. This includes representation in cases such as: Bond, Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention Against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Cancellation of Removal, as well as appeals and other corollary litigation.
  • Ensure that the program is kept abreast of new developments in the law and that junior staff are adequality trained on the law. 
  • Provide oversight and mentoring to staff and senior attorneys and paralegals on direct representation cases, including supervision and assistance of (i) case strategy, (ii) trial preparation, and (iii) case load management. 
  • Provide expert mentoring to outside attorneys representing detained immigrants on a pro bono basis. 
  • Manage a caseload of in-house direct representation and pro bono mentorship cases to ensure timely completion and submission of all filings, forms, etc. 
  • Prepare Post Release Plans and social service plans, in coordination with social services staff. 
  • Research, engage, and prepare experts on health, behavioral health, and country conditions.


Detention Facility Visits: 

  • Conduct oversight of visits to government detention facilities. 
  • Conduct individual intakes and client meetings, including trial preparation, with immigrants at the detention facilities, and support and supervise junior staff in the same. Provide and supervise junior staff in providing necessary follow-up after intakes to evaluate eligibility for relief, including performing research, securing criminal/juvenile delinquency records and obtaining additional information from family and community members. 

Organizational Services: 

  • Work with program management to set long-term program plans. 
  • Coordinate with all internal DAP Programs (e.g., LOP, social services) to ensure all programs are kept abreast of developments and clients. 
  • Interface with leadership of other CAIR Coalition programs to ensure cross-program information and strategy sharing. 
  • Oversee the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion for program staff. 
  • Assist other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods. 
  • Take part in stakeholder relationship activities, including in-person and remote meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, detention center staff, and other legal service providers. 
  • Lead internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization. 
  • Undertake own administrative functions, including for casework (e.g., preparation of all aspects of filings). CAIR Coalition attorneys do not have dedicated paralegals for assistance on all cases and non-attorney staff time is also dedicated to other programmatic responsibilities.

 [1] This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions or tasks.


Our Work Environment

CAIR Coalition’s Detained Adult Program is a highly collaborative work environment. Each team lead works directly with a focused team, but all colleagues are interconnected through, for case workshopping or staff-run committees.

DAP staff has been a source of expertise in the highly complex and ever-changing immigration system. They have persisted through administration changes, policy shifts, and attacks on the rights and freedoms of immigrants through project-focused cohorts that arise to address challenges or to brainstorm and implement affirmative strategies.

We center impacted people in our advocacy and media. We embrace the movement in our work while also staying focused on the practicalities we trained for, as well as where we are most useful in this movement. We grow our reach and skill set when resources permit and there is passion. We do not limit our push or dreams for this world based on the limits we know but try to imagine how to navigate around them.

We value our brain trust and are constantly finding ways to ensure that we maintain and grow, in ways that acknowledge those with expertise but also sets up new advocates for success.

What Else You Should Know:

Position Type 

Full-time, exempt 

Supervisory Responsibility 

Responsible for directly supervising a limited number of staff on a direct representation team (generally senior staff and/or staff carrying out key program functions, may be attorneys, paralegals or administrative staff) and providing overall team leadership and back up support to other supervisors on the team. 

Reports To 

Deputy program director for the Detained Adult Program 


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


This is a full-time exempt position. The salary range is $79,500-$109,000.

Signing Bonus

We are offering a signing bonus due to the skillset required for this position and the length of time the position has been open. A 5% sign-on bonus will be paid to the employee based on their base annual salary at the time of accepting the employment offer. 


This position may require travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with all CAIR Coalition safety protocols.

Position Location

This position will be based from the Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC office. Due to business related travel expectations, it is recommended candidates live within 30-miles of their assigned primary office.


All CAIR Coalition staff, interns, and volunteers whose positions are not fully remote are working a hybrid-work model in compliance with CAIR Coalition’s COVID-19 policies. Due to the duties and responsibilities of the Managing Attorney role, this position will follow a hybrid-work model and may be required to live within 30 miles of their assigned primary office. 


COVID-19 Vaccination:

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. To be fully vaccinated means having completed the full dosages required for the type of vaccine obtained as designated by the CDC. If boosters are subsequently recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then employees will be required to receive the booster within thirty (30) days of their eligibility to access the boosters. 



  • CAIR coalition’s benefits package includes:
  • Free gym access located in Washington, D.C. and/or Baltimore, MD;
  • Flexible working hours after successful completion of trainings and with approval of supervisor;
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits for those living in the DMV;
  • Subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (CAIR Coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for which we can provide additional information);
  • An annual data reimbursement of $240
  • life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability;
  • the option to set up a Flexible Spending Account; and
  • the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for non-profits) which the organization has the option, for all employees on an annual basis, to match at a certain percentage after one year of continuous employment.

Paid time off includes:

  • 23 personal days per calendar year
  • Up to 20 days of sick time per calendar year
  • 7 hours of volunteer time
  • Federal holidays
  • Winter break closure
  • 12 weeks of parental leave


How to Apply:

Submit your resume, a cover letter that explains your interest in this role, and a writing sample with your Paylocity application.

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. CAIR Coalition prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CAIR Coalition conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

Anti-Racism Statement:


Competencies Required:

Legal Proficiency 

The employee demonstrates a mastery of immigration law and legal procedure and can deploy innovative and thoughtful approaches to assisting clients. The employee stays abreast of developments in the law and ensures that their supervisees are trained in new developments. 

Client and Programmatic Proficiency

The employee proficiently helps to manage all programmatic obligations. The employee proficiently manages their caseloads and the caseloads of the staff they supervise. The employee skillfully supervises their staff and ensures that staff are in a position to grow professionally. 


The employee ensures that all administrative aspects of their position (and their supervisees’ positions), attendant to the provision of services to clients, are carried out without managerial intervention, including timekeeping, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc. 

Qualifications Required:

  • JD and active license to practice law; 
  • Relevant experience in immigration law, including removal defense; 
  • Written and oral Spanish proficiency strongly preferred; 
  • Relevant experience in supervision and project management.
  • It is expected that the candidate will need to travel for work-related business. As a result, the candidate must possess a valid driver's license and be comfortable operating a vehicle upon hiring. This role requires travel, but qualified individuals with disabilities may be accommodated in a reasonable manner under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Salary Description
$65,000- $80,000+ commensurate with experience