Job

Immigration Staff Attorney

Apply

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)


New
|
Published 18 days ago

Salary

The salary being offered with this position is $22-24/hour, depending on the candidate’s experience. Benefits are offered to any employee working 30 or more hours per week.


IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a Staff Attorney. The position can be part- or full-time (in the range of 25-40 hours per week), depending on the Staff Attorney’s preference. The Staff Attorney should be experienced in representing clients who are in removal proceedings in Immigration Court.


Description of IRIS’s Legal Department: IRIS’s Immigration Legal Services Department is comprised of three part-time attorneys and one full-time legal assistant. IRIS currently provides high-quality and culturally-sensitive representation to refugees and asylum seekers. IRIS assists the refugees it has settled with their applications for green cards and citizenship, and with their petitions for reunification with family members still overseas. IRIS assists asylum seekers on all aspects of their affirmative asylum cases. IRIS attorneys work with asylum seekers to develop their cases, submit all relevant documentation and evidence, and represent them at their asylum interviews.


Description of Staff Attorney Position: IRIS is seeking to expand the group of clients it can serve to include individuals brought into Immigration Court in Hartford, CT on deportation charges, including those in detention. The Staff Attorney should be prepared to take on a significant number of cases, and be comfortable advising clients in removal proceedings on their best options and all accompanying consequences. The Staff Attorney will represent clients in Immigration Court at each stage of the removal process, and will provide the best possible representation and counsel. Additionally, the Staff Attorney should be prepared to train other IRIS attorneys so that they too can start to represent individuals in removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of Immigration Legal Services. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  The Staff Attorney should be a licensed member of a state bar in good standing, qualified to represent clients in immigration matters. The Staff Attorney shall have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. Excellent written, oral, analytic, and organizational skills are required. Fluency in English is also required. The position may be part-time or full-time, as the Staff Attorney prefers.


Requirements: Candidates must have at least one year of experience representing individuals in removal proceedings; strong advocacy, writing, communication and organizational skills; and ability to handle multiple demands and shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to the mission of IRIS and awareness and sensitivity to multicultural issues. Specific duties include:



  • Attend Immigration Court in Hartford, CT with clients in removal proceedings
  • Advise clients on their removal cases, including being able to explain how the system works, what their options are at each stage, and what any attending outcomes may be
  • Train other IRIS attorneys on representation of clients in removal proceedings (with the goal being that they start to take defensive cases in the near future as well)
  • Work well with other attorneys, legal assistants, and volunteers

IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a Staff Attorney. The position can be part- or full-time (in the range of 25-40 hours per week), depending on…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

How To Apply

To apply, send an email to Amy Lynn, humanresources@irisct.org with the following:

  • A subject line that says “ATTORNEY: [Candidate first and last name]”
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

To apply, send an email to Amy Lynn, humanresources@irisct.org with the following:

  • A subject line that says “ATTORNEY: [Candidate first and last name]”
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact…

Location

235 Nicoll Street, 2nd Floor, New Haven, CT 06511
Apply