Details: Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity.
The South is experiencing a critical moment: there is not enough legal representation for immigrant communities. Georgia is home to the largest detention center in the country, but only one in six immigrants detained in the Southeast has access to an attorney in removal proceedings. These proceedings determine whether immigrants have a right to remain in the United States, to live the lives they have built here alongside their families, or whether they are forced to return to a country they may not even recognize as home. For some, winning or losing is a matter of life or death. To fill this gap in representation, we are partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Southeast Immigration Freedom Initiative (SIFI) to provide high-quality, pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking an Immigration Paralegal to assist in the provision of legal services to individuals in removal proceedings.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010 to create a powerful voice for AANHPI and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities in the South, we provide in-language direct legal services to low-income clients, coordinate civic engagement and voter mobilization work in Georgia, lead and shapes public policy for AANHPI immigrants and refugees, and develop new leaders to create a better Georgia.
Under the supervision of the supervising immigration attorney, the immigration paralegal will be responsible for providing support to the removal defense team in our office.
Responsibilities and Duties
• Prepare and execute filings of a variety of legal documents, including but not limited to briefs, motions, court forms, and declarations;
• Research court rules and procedures and communicate these to attorneys to ensure accuracy of filings and non-rejection by courts;
• Manage client relations - address emails, phone calls and other queries, and conduct and assist in client interviews;
• Communicate and coordinate with court personnel, co-counsel, partner organizations, etc.;
• Assist attorneys with factual and legal research, including cite-checking (Westlaw), internet searches, using off-site libraries, copying abstracts, cases, etc.;
• Assist with coordination and management of projects, meetings, events, etc.,
• Other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree or Paralegal Certificate;
• Critical thinking, complex problem-solving skills, attention to detail, ability to work well with others and excellent writing and communication skills;
• Proficiency with legal programs such as Westlaw and Lexis, desirable;
• Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Vietnamese, Khmer, Arabic, etc.) required;
• Ability to work well under pressure, including some evenings and weekends;
• Ability to set/change priorities according to deadline requirements;
• Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently;
• A deep and demonstrated commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights, preferred.
Salary and Benefits
Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included. This is a full-time, salaried, non-exempt position.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.
A full benefits package is included.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
We will be screening applications and interviewing on a rolling basis. Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a legal writing sample to email@example.com. No phone calls please.