Jones Day

Pro Bono Attorney

Pro Bono Attorney
The Pro Bono Attorney provides local leadership for the Border Project, Jones Day’s groundbreaking pro bono initiative providing free legal services to asylum seekers along the Texas/Mexico border.

At a glance


Jones Day




Texas, US

Job posted:

13 February 2024

The Pro Bono Attorney will manage and lead the day-to-day operation of the Border Project’s Laredo Office, under the direction of more senior lawyers of the Firm.  The Pro Bono Attorney will be responsible for (1) training and overseeing volunteer attorneys; (2) facilitating nightly meetings of the volunteer teams to review and assess the consults provided to migrants; (3) providing legal information and consultation to migrants in detention facilities; (4) supporting trial teams handling detention trials; (5) helping pro se migrants in shelters, detention facilities, and other settings prepare for their immigration proceedings; (6) reviewing and assessing cases for the purposes of recommending full representation by the Border Project; and (7) providing guidance, mentoring, and supervision to Laredo Office staff.  This position will evolve as the Border Project grows and may allow for a wide variety of responsibilities.

The Pro Bono Attorney must work well with a variety of lawyers who volunteer as part of the Border Project.  The Pro Bono Attorney must have sound judgment and leadership skills, be well versed in relevant immigration laws and practice, and value teamwork.

The role is an in-person position that requires that the Pro Bono Attorney be physically present in the Firm’s Laredo Office.  If a qualified applicant lives in an alternative location and is amenable to weekly commuting, reimbursement for reasonable transportation and housing costs is negotiable.

Key Responsibilities

  • Train and oversee attorneys who volunteer with the Border Project.
  • Facilitate nightly meetings with volunteer teams to review and assess consults provided.
  • Provide pro bono immigration information and legal services to migrants.
  • As needed, support trial teams handling detained trials in or around Laredo.
  • Help pro se migrants in shelters, detention facilities, and other settings prepare for their immigration proceedings.
  • Review and assess cases for representation by the Border Project.
  • Provide guidance, mentoring, and supervision to Laredo Office staff.

The Successful Candidate

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong analytical, writing, and communication skills.
  • Possess and display sound judgment, integrity, and leadership skills
  • Possess a growth-mindset and ability to adapt to changes.
  • Able to work independently, take initiative, set priorities, and see projects through to completion on a timely basis.
  • Able to work collaboratively in a team setting with a wide array of people and a strong service orientation.
  • Able to work irregular hours as work begins at 7:30 a.m. and team meetings sometimes run late into the evening.  The Project works hard to provide reasonable overall hours.  There are supporting team members who are present on the ground each week to assist with operations.  The position does, however, require irregular work hours depending on the needs of the Project in a given week.
  • Well versed in relevant immigration laws and practice is desired but not required.
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Must be admitted to and in good standing with a State Bar.
  • Immigration law experience preferred but not required.
  • Spanish language skills preferred but not required.
  • Compensation very competitive.
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