Details: The position is part-time: 25 hours/week, $19/hour.
235 Nicoll Street
C/O IRIS, Second Floor
IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a part-time Attorney. IRIS provides high quality and culturally sensitive assistance and representation to IRIS refugee clients who seek to become lawful permanent residents, naturalize to become U.S. citizens, and reunite with family members. With our assistance, we help refugees establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. IRIS currently serves clients from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Cuba, and Sudan, among others.
IRIS is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.
General Description: IRIS’s Immigration Legal Services (ILS) is currently comprised of two part-time attorneys, and serves approximately 300 individuals annually. The additional part-time Attorney, who should be licensed and in good standing, would take over part of ILS’s current caseload. The Attorney would assist and represent IRIS refugee clients in applications for lawful permanent residence and naturalization and petitions for family reunification. The Attorney will provide the best possible representation and advice to IRIS clients. The Attorney will report to the Director of Immigration Legal Services.
Requirements: Candidates must have at least three years of relevant experience or educational background; strong writing, communication and organizational skills; computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel; 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:
- Meet with clients on immigration matters (lawful permanent residence, naturalization, family petitions)
- Communicate with clients as their cases move forward
- Represent clients at their naturalization interviews in Hartford
- Make referrals to other nonprofit immigration agencies and private attorneys
- Participate in IRIS case management discussions
- Work well with other attorneys, legal assistants, and volunteers
Level of Language Proficiency
The Attorney is a licensed member of a state bar in good standing, qualified to represent clients in immigration matters. The 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.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, send an email to Amy Lynn, firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- A subject line that says “ATTORNEY: [Candidate first and last name]”
- Cover letter
- Contact information for two references
- Writing sample