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Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney

Department: Legal Services
Location: Sacramento, CA

Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney 

Sacramento, California 


Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States. 


KIND seeks a full-time Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Sacramento, CA to provide pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. Pro bono mentorship will include cases for children in long-term foster care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Sacramento region. This position includes helping children, including those in long-term foster care, understand the immigration process, and training volunteer attorneys to represent individual child clients effectively before immigration authorities to obtain relief, such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T and/or U visas, and representation before California state courts. This attorney will also provide direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in long-term foster care in the Sacramento area. This representation may be undertaken as co-counsel with pro bono attorneys.



Based in KIND’s satellite Sacramento office, the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide appropriate legal orientation presentations to UAC in long-term foster care and those who have been released to sponsor;
  • Complete intakes for UAC in long-term foster care following presentations;
  • Undertake direct representation as permitted for children in their cases before the immigration court;
  • Recruit, train, and provide mentoring to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters;
  • With the support of the pro bono team, develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  • With the support of the pro bono team, foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the other legal services team members;
  • Assist with trainings and presentations;
  • File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable;
  • Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission;
  • Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  • Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed;
  • Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls; and
  • Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.



JD with two to four years of experience working in immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, U visas and T visas; state court experience in probate, custody, dependency, and/or delinquency is preferred.



  • Admission to practice law in the state of California;
  • Fluency in Spanish;
  • Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
  • Experience in direct representation of clients in immigration proceedings, including children or adults in ORR custody or Immigration detention;
  • A strong record of cultural responsiveness and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;
  • Mentoring and training experience;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent professional judgment;
  • Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively.



Commensurate with education & experience.


Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney – San Francisco




Work is generally performed within the office environment but may include attendance at court proceedings in Northern California as well as offsite client meetings.


Travel one to two hours from Sacramento will be necessary a few times per month.


Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

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