Staff Attorney (Immigration)


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

04/02/2018

Address

1000 Howard Avenue
Suite 200
New Orleans
Louisiana
70113
United States

Description

The Immigration Attorney will provide legal representation to immigrant clients in order to represent them in immigration removal proceedings and prepare cases for submission to USCIS, including but not limited to, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status and other forms of immigration relief, as well as family-based petitions, bond hearings, and other types of legal relief.  The majority of clients are unaccompanied children, as well as other populations in need of humanitarian protection. S/he will also represent these children in immigration court, and family court for predicate and custody orders in relation to SIJ cases. The Immigration Attorney will coordinate all aspects of a client's case, including client intake, client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, and direct representation in court.  

Additionally, the Immigration Attorney will:

  • Assist in the supervision of a legal assistants and volunteers.
  • Assist in provision of public education in the community and collaborating with other agencies.
  • Participate as needed in program-wide and grant-specific data collection.
  • Participate in meetings with immigration legal service community-based organizations.
  • Provide legal orientations/counseling to clients and families.
  • Provide referrals to non-legal resources.
  • Coordinate with supervisor(s) on placements with pro-bono attorneys and provide support on pro- bono mentoring, technical assistance, and training as needed.

Prerequisites for the Position:

  • Juris Doctor degree with active membership in a State Bar required; Louisiana license preferred.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) required.
  • Two years or more experience practicing immigration law, or other relevant experience preferred; clinical experience will be counted.
  • Experience with immigration and/or child dependency proceedings preferred.
  • Experience working with children and/or survivors of abuse and trauma preferred.
  • Ability to work independently to manage a substantial workload with deadline pressures.
  • Competence in communicating and interacting with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds in a professional and compassionate manner, including interacting with individuals experiencing substantial levels of emotional, physical, financial, or other hardship.
  • Ability to use basic Microsoft Office programs and online database software.

·        Candidates must successfully complete required background checks and clearances.

 

Job Status: Full-time (Exempt), contingent upon grant funding.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish (bilingual)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

jsearcy@ccano.org

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references to jsearcy@ccano.org and include in the subject line: Immigration Attorney


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