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Temporary Staff Attorney, FJC Civil Legal Service Project

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About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.

 

Job description:

NYLAG seeks a highly motivated attorney for a temporary position within NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit to provide legal advice and representation to immigrant survivors of domestic and gender-based violence at the Manhattan Family Justice Center. An immigration attorney who is part of NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit, will work on-site at the Manhattan Family Justice Center (FJC). 

Responsibilities:

  • Staff the FJC full-time during regular business hours when the FJC is open;
  • Screen and advise clients who enter the Manhattan Family Justice Center seeking services;
  • Provide consultation and representation in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, U nonimmigrant status/U-visa applications, battered spouse waivers, adjustment of status, removal defense, T-visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of the project paralegal;
  • Attend FJC meetings, including meetings with off-site partners and civil legal coordination meetings, staff meetings at NYLAG’s main office, and participate in coalitions and task forces addressing DV and immigration issues;
  • Conduct educational seminars and outreach to lawyers, social workers, advocates, and the general community on immigration issues;
  • Attend internal NYLAG meetings including with the Immigrant Protection Unit as a whole, and the FJC project team as a whole; and
  • Administrative duties including updating NYLAG and FJC case management systems, maintaining and updated files and case notes.

Qualifications:

  • Admission to Bar, New York State Bar preferred;
  • 2-4 years of immigration law experience, in matters including VAWA self-petitions, U nonimmigrant status/U-visa applications and/or battered spouse waivers;
  • Experience working with victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence;
  • Fluency in Spanish highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.

 

To be considered, send a cover letter and resume.

 

Employment type: Temporary

Professional Level: Professional

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Benefits: Excellent benefits.

 

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The New York Legal Assistance Group is an equal opportunity employer; applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience and subject to funding limitations.


About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY

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