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Senior Immigration Attorney


  • Community Activism Law Alliance


405 W Superior St
7th Floor, #506
Chicago, IL 60654



CALA uses its model, "community activism lawyering," to unite lawyers and activists to collaboratively help underserved communities access justice and pursue social change. Through these partnerships, CALA creates “community activism-law programs” within and co-operated by communities. CALA accomplishes its two principal objectives at once: provide cost-effective legal services to underserved individual clients and help our activist partners achieve broader social change. Through our work, CALA seeks to change not only how the legal aid system operates but also how lawyers and activists work together.

CALA is looking for an experienced immigration attorney with genuine interest in community lawyering, connecting the law with grassroots activism, and being part of a new legal services model to be a part of our early development. The senior attorney will have three primary responsibilities: 1) help oversee CALA’s comprehensive immigration docket, 2) support the Director of Legal Services to supervise and mentor CALA’s staff attorneys, and 3) maintain a reduced caseload.


Candidates must have at minimum 5 years of experience in immigration law—including at least 4 years of removal defense. Candidates should also be comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment. They must also be prepared to work non-traditional hours—some evenings and the occasional weekend day—and in non-traditional, multiple locations; in exchange, they are afforded great flexibility in work schedule. Preference may be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish.

The starting salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and salary history—and is negotiable. Benefits include medical insurance, travel reimbursement, generous paid time off, coverage of professional fees. 403(b) plan-matching and bonuses are contingent upon annual fundraising.

CALA is an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to working closely and effectively with the communities that we serve. Individuals self-identifying as people of color, LGBTQI, socio-economically diverse, persons with a disability, or as otherwise having backgrounds and experiences underrepresented in the legal profession are highly encouraged to apply.