Sally L. Stevens Immigration Law Fellow

University of Maine System   Portland, ME   Full-time     Legal
Posted on May 2, 2024
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Sally L. Stevens Immigration Law Fellow

Full-time, Two-Year, Fixed-Length Position

The University of Maine School of Law is seeking to hire an Immigration Law Fellow focused on immigration work in the University of Maine’s Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. As the Sally L. Stevens Immigration Law Fellow, you will have the unique opportunity to supervise law students, conduct outreach, and provide legal services to underserved communities in Maine. This position offers a valuable experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in public interest law, specifically immigration law. Maine Law’s Clinical Programs are based in Portland, Maine and serve individuals throughout the state of Maine and beyond, in a variety of clinical programs. The Sally L. Stevens Immigration Law Fellow will supervise the work of the student attorneys in outreach and advocacy projects and direct representation and handle matters related to the day-to-day administration of the Clinic and its cases and projects, and assume primary supervision, and in some cases primary responsibility, for cases and projects. The Sally L. Stevens Immigration Law Fellow will primarily support the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic.

In the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, students serve as attorneys assisting low-income immigrants through a broad range of cases and projects. The RHRC and its attorneys target a critical gap in access to justice – providing direct legal representation and broader advocacy to immigrants and refugees seeking political asylum and similar protections under federal law. Equally important, the RHRC trains future attorneys in the field of immigration law, familiarizing them with the legal landscape even before they graduate. The RHRC serves a broad client base. Some examples of our clientele include asylum applicants who fled human rights abuses in their home countries and are seeking refuge, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and abandoned or abused children seeking legal status in the United States.

Anna Welch, Professor and Founding Director of the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and Erica Schair-Cardona, Adjunct Professor and Outreach and Advocacy Attorney will provide primary supervision to the Sally L. Stevens Immigration Law Fellow. As a member of Maine Law’s Clinic team, the Fellow must be deeply committed to teaching the next generation of law students through supervision of cases and projects and be committed to the social justice mission of Maine Law’s clinical programs. The Sally L. Stevens Fellow must also be deeply committed to promoting a culture of collaboration, inclusion, belonging, excellence, and continual improvement.

This is a 24-month, non-faculty professional staff position. The start date is flexible but will ideally be in July 2024. The office location is 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME.

Based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant, the annual salary range is $70,000 plus a 10% employer contribution to the UMS retirement plan. Additional benefits include medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. The UMS is a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award and offers a wellness program.

Review of applications begins immediately. For full consideration, materials must be submitted by May 24, 2024. Applications received after that date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

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The University of Maine School of Law is the state’s public and only law school, a vital resource serving our local, regional, national, and global community. Maine Law is an institutional public servant committed to providing an accessible and affordable student-focused program of legal education and achieving the highest standards of ethical behavior. Our rigorous doctrinal and experiential curriculum, influential scholarship, and signature programming prepare students to practice law, promote respect for the rule of law, and advance justice for all members of society.

Established in 1970 as a program of the University of Maine School of Law, Maine Law’s Clinical Programs include five distinct live-client clinics. The Clinical Programs operate as a public interest law office within Maine Law in which clients are represented by “student attorneys,” law students specially licensed by the state and federal courts to provide legal services to low-income clients. The student attorneys practice under the supervision of fully-licensed law professors.

Maine Law’s Clinical Programs provide free legal aid to low-in­come individuals and families in Maine. Our Clinical Programs are a defining pro­gram of Maine Law, providing practical skills training for students, and helping fulfill the school’s long-standing commit­ment to social justice. The Clinic is currently divided into five signature programs: General Practice, Pris­oner Assistance, Youth Justice, Refugee and Human Rights, and Rural Practice. Our Clinic is also home to the Center for Youth Policy and Law. Students in all of our clinical programs also participate in the Protection from Abuse Program, representing victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking.

Minimum Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law, with Maine bar license or eligibility to obtain one.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment to serve clients, students and the community.
  • Immigration or related law practice experience (1-3 years preferred and law school clinical work can count toward practical experience).
  • A strong academic record.
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to experiential learning and access to justice.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging in all aspects of professional life.

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207-581-1226. TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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