Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary commensurate with experience

Published

10/29/2018

Start Date

11/26/2018

Address

938 Valencia Street
San Francisco
CA
94110
United States

Description

About the Organization:

Dolores Street Community Services is a multi-service non-profit organization in San Francisco’s Mission District. Dolores Street combines social services and social change advocacy through our housing and shelter, workers’ rights, and immigrant rights programs. Since 2008, Dolores Street’s Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program has been a local leader in providing pro bono legal defense for individuals and families facing deportation.  We use creative legal and advocacy strategies to challenge prolonged detention, constitutional violations, and other injustices in the immigration legal system. We represent individuals threatened with deportation through challenges to the allegations and charges of removability, as well as through applications for relief, including asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, waivers of inadmissibility and deportability, and applications for U-Visa and VAWA relief. We also provide legal services to individuals who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief.

                                                                                                  

Position Summary:

Dolores Street seeks a full-time, experienced legal assistant/paralegal to support attorneys in representing and providing legal assistance to low-income community members in removal proceedings. A particular emphasis will be placed on the most vulnerable and underserved clients, including clients in detention. In addition, the legal assistant/paralegal will provide legal services to individuals eligible for DACA relief. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Assist attorneys in providing full-scope representation to individuals facing removal before the Immigration Court, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, which includes, but is not limited to:
  • Preparing applications, motions, declarations, and other forms and filings;
  • Conducting intakes and assisting potential clients with appropriate referrals;
  • Under attorney supervision, provide application assistance to DACA-eligible individuals;
  • Participate in agency meetings, community activities, and trainings;
  • Engage in outreach, education, and advocacy in the area of immigrant rights on the local and state level;
  • Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers.


Qualifications:

  • Experience working in immigration law office, preferably in removal defense practice;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with monolingual Spanish-speakers (i.e., advanced Spanish skills);
  • Ability to work effectively with low-income individuals, including clients with mental illnesses;
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and community empowerment;
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently to manage priorities, and prioritize workflow;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • Commitment to providing culturally competent services. 

Benefits

Full benefits include medical, dental, LTD, and life insurance

Level of Language Proficiency

Advanced Spanish language skills.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

immigration@dscs.org
http://www.sfdeportdefense.org

To apply, send cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to: immigration@dscs.org with the subject “Legal Assistant”. Position is open until filled. 


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