Oasis Legal Services is a non-profit legal services organization based in Oakland, California. We proudly provide quality legal immigration services to under-represented low-income groups with a focus on LGBTQIA+ communities. Founded in May 2017, Oasis is now one of the country's largest providers of immigration services to the LGBTQIA+ community and serves over 400 clients a year. We specialize in affirmative asylum cases as well as legal permanent residency, citizenship, and family petition applications. In addition to direct representation, we partner with community organizations from around the Bay Area on education and advocacy projects.
Oasis is accepting applications for candidates interested in applying for an Equal Justice Works post-graduate legal fellowship. Qualifying applications will be for a two-year project, to commence in the fall of 2019. Project proposals must be consistent with Oasis' mission of providing quality legal services to the LGBTQIA+ immigrant community.
The Fellow would:
- Represent LGBTQIA+ immigrants in affirmative asylum and other immigration cases in front of United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
- Conduct in-office immigration screenings for clients requesting our services
- Train and supervise law students and our pro bono attorney partners
- Work collaboratively with mental health professionals to complete psychological evaluations for clients’ cases
- Conduct outreach, workshops, and presentations in the community
- Participate in collaborative partnerships with other community and legal services organizations
- Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting
- Participate in ongoing professional development to improve client services
Experience and Qualifications
- Fluency in Spanish
- J.D. or expected to receive a J.D by the spring of 2019
- Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills
- A demonstrated commitment to the LGBTQIA+ and/or immigrant community
- Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including homeless people, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, and community partners
- Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
- Familiarity in working with clients in crisis or who are recent trauma survivors
- Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community
ACQUIRING FELLOWSHIP FUNDING:
If selected by Oasis, the candidate will be responsible for submitting an application to and securing funding from Equal Justice Works. Oasis' Managing Attorney will work with the applicant on their fellowship proposal over the summer. Applications for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship are due September 21, 2018. More information on the EJW Fellowship can be found here.
Oasis offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package to supplement the external funding.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
If you would like to be considered for a sponsorship opportunity, please submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
· a letter of interest (your letter may, but is not required to, include a description of a project proposal)
· current resume
· legal writing sample
· names and telephone numbers of three references
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.