Staff Attorney


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published:

05/15/2018

Application Deadline:

06/30/2018

Address

8151 15th Ave
Hyattsville
MD
20783
United States

Description

CASA is now accepting applications for a full-time Staff Attorney to begin immediately.


DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS:

Since its inception more than fifteen years ago, the CASA legal program has been at the forefront of creative strategies to combat the many injustices immigrants face in the state of Maryland and the Washington metro region. The strategies have included individual representation to recover more than a million dollars in unpaid wages; providing immigration screenings and direct legal assistance to more than 1,000 community members each year; fighting for liberation, back wages and legal status for victims of human trafficking; class action litigation to address disparate treatment of immigrant driver’s license applicants and to win justice for victims of the tragic Flower Branch Apartment explosion; impact litigation to fight for DACA and TPS beneficiaries; support to CASA’s vibrant community organizing and political action department to stop immigration enforcement abuses, anti-immigrant ordinances, anti-immigrant hate crimes.


The legal program at CASA operates under the principles of Justice is the goal, law is a means. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. We endeavor to find the most creative strategies to combat the abuses and injustices identified by our constituents. We value justice in the largest sense possible, not only individual legal solutions, but broad, transformative solutions created in combination with immigrant leaders, CASA organizers and other staff, other local and national organizations and direct service staff. We value our time and believe that though hard and sustained effort is often required, real rest is also necessary for creativity, stamina and “a life,” however defined.

 

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The CASA staff attorney is on the front line in defending the rights of immigrant members of our community. This position would focus on providing direct legal assistance to immigrants in both affirmative and defensive immigration cases, while supporting the overall efforts of CASA’s various departments including community organizing, immigrant integration and others. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your legal skills, build power in the immigrant community, make a lasting difference in the region and to work with a dynamic group of paralegals, lawyers, organizers and social service staff in a friendly, fast-paced, bi-lingual and multi-cultural office.  

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Direct Legal Work

  • Oversee and provide legal representation in immigration cases, including both affirmative applications and representation of clients in removal proceedings.
  • Support our Immigrant Integration Program through oversight of their citizenship application work and participation in regular citizenship clinics.
  • Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling and education regarding a range of immigration issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant communities that form CASA’s base.
  • Provide referrals, brief legal services and direct representation in individual and collective cases. 


Strategic Work with Organizers

  • Support the legal needs of CASA’s Community Organizing department, including through regular engagement with staff and community leaders, providing legal consultations to members, and advising on policy and campaign issues where necessary.
  • Co-counsel with other legal services providers or pro-bono counsel to pursue impact litigation.
  • Engage in advocacy and community organizing efforts and campaigns for improved laws affecting members of the low-income immigrant community at local, state and federal level by drafting legislation, presenting testimony, organizing hearings and lobbying.


Outreach/Popular Education 

  • Engage in education and outreach through “Know Your Rights” presentations.
  • Design, edit and disseminate popular education materials related to immigration issues.
  • In collaboration with partners, plan and implement “Train the Trainer” workshops in which organizers and workers are trained to reach out to others to inform them of their rights.


Administrative Work

  • On-going data entry and bi-weekly internal activity reports.
  • Maintain contemporaneous and complete notes of all case-related activity in CASA’s case management system (Salesforce).
  • Annual planning process: developing and executing individual work plans, evaluating and providing feedback on plans as the year progresses.
  • Meet deadlines established by supervisor and in Department and individual work-plan.
  • Contribute creative ideas and engage meaningfully in discussions about ways to improve the legal program and CASA as an organization. 
  • Provide detailed report regarding work including case examples, case profiles, and statistics, including on deadline for press inquiries.
  • Work to improve and grow relationships with private bar to leverage greater pro bono and other support.

·        Identify clients to participate in public, organizing campaigns and to speak with media.

 

Other duties as assigned

Benefits

Generous Benefits Package. Check out our recruitment page for more details.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual English/Spanish

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

hr@wearecasa.org

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=436a042f-b478-4dbb-9d86-96b9d8c1421e&jobId=212643&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001

Our process is simple:


To apply go to our website: https://wearecasa.org/join-us/


We look through the incoming resumes to see which ones best match our open jobs and contact the people we would like to learn more about. Unfortunately, we are unable to personally speak with everyone who sends us a resume, but please do not be discouraged if you do not hear from us. We will keep your resume/application on file for at least three months in case a future position matches your qualifications.


Please note that CASA does not accept unsolicited resumes and we will contact you only if you are shortlisted for further consideration, and that, given the large volume of applications we receive, some time may elapse before the selection process is complete. To be considered for a position, you must identify the requisition for which you are applying and for which you feel you are qualified. Submitting your resume for a specific requisition is the only way to make your resume accessible to CASA’s recruiting team and review by hiring managers.


CASA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.


No phone calls please


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