Managing Attorney, Detained Adult Program

 Who We Are: 

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. 

Position Summary: 

A 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, and supervising junior staff with a focus on professional development.  

Our Work Environment: 

CAIR Coalition’s Detained Adult Program is a highly collaborative work environment, each team lead or manager works directly with a focused team, but all colleagues are interconnected through, for example, case workshopping, appeals squad, or staff run committees such as Equity and Inclusion Committee.   

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 are 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!  

DAP has slowly over the years begun to embrace work life balance, although not to perfection.   

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.   

General Duties and Responsibilities1: 


  • Provides oversight and management of significant aspects of the program in coordination with the Program Director.  
  • Supervise legal assistants and junior attorneys on direct legal representation of detained clients in removal proceedings before the Arlington and/or Baltimore Immigration Courts. This includes representation types such as Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention against Torture, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Board of Immigration Appeals, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Cancellation of Removal.  
  • 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 attorneys on direct representation cases, including supervision and assistance of (i) case strategy, (ii) trial preparation, and (iii) case load management.  
  • Ensure 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 telephonic meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, and other legal service providers. 
  • Ensure Equity & Inclusion is key component of practice and professional development.   

Qualifications Required: 

  • JD and relevant experience in immigration law, at least 4 years of relevant experience. 
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency strongly preferred, but experienced supervisors will be considered with no Spanish language.
  • Driver’s license required. 
  • Position can be remote. 

What Else You Should Know:


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is September 15, 2021. Tentative start date is October 01, 2021.


This is a full-time exempt position. The salary range is $65,000- $80,000+.


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

Position Location

Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD


 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAIR Coalition staff, interns, and volunteers are working remotely. However, due to the duties and responsibilities of certain positions, certain staff members may be required to live within daily commuting distance of their assigned primary office. Staff have the option to work from the office following a hybrid model, as long as they are in compliance with CAIR Coalition's COVID-19 policies.  


CAIR Coalition’s benefits package includes (a) 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); (b) life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability; (d) the option to set up a Flexible Spending Account (beginning January 1, 2022); and (d) the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for nonprofits) 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:

  • 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

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 the 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 of the program’s in-jail, client, and in-office 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 staffs’ 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 relevant experience in immigration law.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in or be willing to sit for the next scheduled bar exam.
  • Written and oral Spanish fluency strongly preferred, but experienced supervisors will be considered with no Spanish language.
  • Driver’s license required