89-00 Sutphin Boulevard
*This position is at Queens Legal Services*
Queens Legal Services (QLS) seeks an experienced immigration attorney to join our Immigration Advocacy Project (IAP) in our vibrant community-based civil legal advocacy organization in Queens.
Founded in 1967, QLS seeks equal access to justice for all low-income residents of Queens through a range of legal advocacy, education and community partnerships. We provide free legal counseling, representation and referrals in civil matters involving the essentials of life including housing, public and disability benefits, domestic violence prevention, consumer and homeowner protections, access to education and employment rights to eligible low-income individuals and families. We work with our clients and partners to identify and address root causes for systemic inequalities in Queens and throughout New York City. We provide immigration legal services from our Community Law Center (Center) in Jamaica and at the Queens Family Justice Center (QFJC) where we are the founding on-site community partner. We are part of a network of local programs that make up Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the largest free civil legal services provider in the United States.
The immigration attorney will represent Queens residents, and will provide advice and comprehensive services to them in a variety of affirmative and defensive immigration matters including naturalization, family-based petitions, domestic violence-based applications (including VAWA Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers and U Visas), trafficking (T Visas) applications, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases, asylum, and removal defense.
The immigration attorney will be responsible for all aspects of a client’s case, including client intake, client communication, research, preparing personal statements and immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, and direct representation before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), in family court (in matters involving guardianship for SIJS cases) and in immigration court.
The attorney will be responsible for screening and providing advice and assistance to clients at the QFJC. The attorney will also mentor, provide technical assistance, and training to pro bono attorneys in their representation of immigration clients placed with them by QLS.
The immigration attorney will work closely with the immigration unit staff and other practices at QLS on litigation matters and strategies and with our in-house team of social workers to provide supportive, interdisciplinary wrap-around services to clients. The attorney will assist with outreach and education efforts, some of which may occur on nights and weekends, to ensure access to services for underserved immigrant communities in Queens.
Additionally, the attorney will collaborate with city, state, and federal law enforcement and other governmental agencies and community based organizations in furtherance of securing relief for clients. The attorney will also prepare data reports, as necessary.
Experience and Qualifications
We seek an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar with:
· At least 3 years’ experience providing advice and representation to clients in immigration matters;
· Experience with humanitarian and family-based matters in both affirmative and defensive contexts;
· Familiarity with criminal immigration matters and impact on various types of immigration relief
· Experience representing clients, including children under 21 years of age, in removal proceedings;
· Familiarity with and sensitivity towards immigrants in vulnerable populations, including children, with special emphasis on unaccompanied minors, domestic violence survivors, and members of the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities;
· Excellent analytical, research and writing skills;
· Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills;
· A demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-income communities to advance equity;
· Familiarity with software technology and proficiency in the entire MS Office suite;
· Experience with LegalServer or other case management systems (preferred); and
· Fluency or strong proficiency in Spanish (preferred).
How to Apply
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, names of three references and two recent writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Immigration Attorney IOI3” in the subject line of the email. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.
QLS is an equal opportunity employer. It is an organization committed to race, gender and economic justice in our work and within our workplace. QLS staff are members of the LSSA/NOLSW UAW Local 2320. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and people over the age of 40 are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency or strong proficiency in Spanish (preferred).
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Email a cover letter, resume, names of three references and two recent writing samples to email@example.com. Please write “Immigration Attorney IOI3” in the subject line of the email. No telephone calls please.
Position: immediate; please review full job notice for experience, qualifications and expectations of position.