ProBAR - Staff Attorney Adult TX-CA

TX ProBAR, 202 South First Street, Harlingen, Texas, United States of America Req #1279
Friday, June 14, 2024

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The ABA is committed to service and refining the standards that guide the legal profession. ABA staff are provided multiple types of continuing education and career development opportunities. Your work will help eliminate bias, enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law throughout the US and around the world.


The ABA recognizes the value staff contribute to our success through a generous benefits package that protects their health and their financial security.  The ABA’s wide array of benefit offerings include 401(k), medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, health spending accounts, supplemental life and disability insurance, prepaid legal programs, and a complimentary membership to the American Bar Association, which offers additional benefits.

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The Staff Attorneys for ProBAR's Adult Team advocate for and serve adults in ICE custody who are at risk of deportation and face significant barriers to access to counsel. Our Adult Team Staff Attorneys provide a combination of legal orientations, direct representation, and pro se assistance to adults from around the world who seek humanitarian immigration relief. The Staff Attorney will engage in a significant amount of direct representation, handling asylum and cancellation of removal cases, as well as applications for other forms of relief and petitions for release on bond and parole. The team's legal advocacy is complemented by ProBAR's holistic approach that integrates connections to services.  


The Organization

ProBAR empowers immigrants through high-quality legal information, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR serves immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley and Houston regions with a particular focus on the legal needs of adults and unaccompanied children in federal custody. Founded in 1989 as a project of the American Bar Association, ProBAR’s primary office is located in Harlingen, TX with a field office in Houston, TX. For more information about ProBAR, please visit our website:


Job Summary / General Purpose of Job

Accountable for providing legal services to detained unaccompanied children in immigration removal proceedings, in the border region. This position will require regular involvement with individuals living in difficult circumstances and who may have experienced trauma.


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities (listed in order of importance and/or time spent)

  • Provides legal services, including direct representation, to detained or locally released immigrants in removal proceedings.
  • Provides group and individual legal orientations to detained immigrants in immigration removal proceedings.
  • Regularly appear in immigration court. Represents clients seeking immigration relief such as asylum, T Visas, U Visas, cancellation of removal and other relief as appropriate.
  • Mentors pro bono attorneys and non-attorneys staff and volunteers as needed.
  • Develops and maintains legal competency relating to immigration detention work. Builds and maintains relationships with local stakeholders. Observes ethical practices relating to confidentiality and all other applicable legal ethics standards. Maintains case files, documentation and data integrity using division’s case management system.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Required Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate or Master of Law (LLM) from an ABA-accredited law school and be in good standing.
  • Licensed to practice law in a U.S. state or territory.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms.
  • Intermediate proficiency with online research and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, OneDrive, teams.
  • Must be familiar with conducting virtual meetings, training, and observations on software such as Zoom, Teams, etc.
  • Must have reliable internet and phone connection.
  • Must be able to pick up on client verbal and non-verbal cues. Have reliable transportation to travel to off-site work locations.
  • This position requires the ability to travel to and enter detention centers.


Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience

  • Licensed to practice law and member in the State Bar of Texas, and one year experience.
  • Prior work experience clients from Central America and including indigenous language- speaking populations.
  • Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention.
  • Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving immigration detention.


Physical Requirements

  • Typical office setting with frequent visits to immigration detention facilities and immigration court.
  • Continuously operates a computer and other office machinery, such as telephone, copy machine, and computer printer.



As a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel of less than 15% of the time.


The Benefits and Incentives Offered

  • Medical and prescription insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Voluntary life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Prepaid Legal Plan
  • 401 (k)
  • Paid company holidays
  • Personal time off
  • Vacation time off
  • PSLF participant
  • Sign on bonus offered*
  • Additional bonuses offered for continuous service at 2-year, 3-year, & 4-year service anniversaries. *
  • Relocation Stipend offered for in state and out of state relocation*


*Restrictions apply. Availability is subject to grant funding and may periodically change.  



The Location

ProBAR’s primary location is in the Rio Grande Valley, a thriving region that boasts a rich culture, affordable cost of living, subtropical climate, and beautiful natural areas to enjoy. Recent growth has brought the RGV unprecedented investments in higher education and scientific research. Three local airports connect RGV residents to destinations around the country while Mexico is only a short drive away. The region’s delicious food, world-class nature parks, and the beaches of South Padre Island provide ample opportunities to relax and recharge!


Our Houston field office is in the Uptown District, that showcases the vibrant urban lifestyle in the heart of Houston. The Uptown District is home to The Galleria, Texas’ largest shopping center. In addition to being a pedestrian friendly city, you can get around with ease on the MetroRapid Silver Line.


The Application Process

Submit an online application including your cover letter and resume.


The Salary

The starting hiring range for this position is $72,236.00 - $85,319.50 based on relevant experience and education. 

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association, please call 956-365-3775 or contact

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