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The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) – a 50-attorney non-profit public defender agency in New York City responsible for representing indigent criminal defendants in all aspects of post-conviction proceedings – is seeking to hire a full-time paralegal/client advocate for CAL’s Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) team.

IJP zealously pursues post-conviction relief for noncitizen clients to advance their rights and protect them from the threat of immigration incarceration and deportation as a result of their criminal conviction. Federal immigration laws are severe, and they impose incarceration and deportation—often mandatory—even for low-level offenses and even for long-time lawful permanent residents of the United States. The IJP Client Advocate is an essential member of this team, providing administrative support for the attorneys and interacting extensively with IJP clients and their families.

We seek a commitment and ability to remain in the position for at least two years, during which the advocate’s specialization may change to meet the needs of the office.  Please find a description of CAL’s three client advocate specializations below. 

  • Immigrant Justice Project and non-citizen client support
  • The IJP and non-citizen client support advocates will spend a majority of their time helping our team eliminate or reduce the often devastating immigration consequences our clients face due to their criminal records. 
  • SORA Project support
  • The SORA Project advocate will provide full-time administrative support for the representation of the most stigmatized clients in the criminal justice system: individuals on the sex offender registry.
  • Conditions of Confinement Project support
  • The Conditions advocate will spend a majority of their time helping our team track and remediate quality-of-life issues arising from our clients’ incarceration, as further discussed on the “Client Support Services” page of our website 

Regardless of specialization, Client Advocate responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Locating clients, opening and tracking cases, and gathering records from the courts and other agencies;
  • Interviewing and liaising with clients and their families;
  • Working closely with attorneys on substantive writing projects, including motions and affidavits;
  • Visiting clients in prisons across New York State and immigration detention centers (although during the pandemic client communications have been via telephone or letters);
  • Preparing clients for parole appearances and submitting materials on their behalf to the Parole Board;
  • Helping clients resolve the day-to-day problems they face during their incarceration;
  • Interpreting and translating between English and Spanish; and
  • Backing up the office’s administrative, reception, and filing staff as necessary


Specialization:

Although Client Advocates share many of the responsibilities listed above, CAL’s wide array of projects requires specialization from each advocate.  

 

CAL is seeking a commitment to stay in the position for two years, during which the advocate’s specialization may change to meet the needs of the office. At the moment, we are seeking a dedicated client advocate for our Conditions of Confinement project. Please find a description of the specializations below.

  • Immigrant Justice Project and non-citizen client support
  • The IJP and non-citizen client support advocates will spend a majority of their time helping our team eliminate or reduce the often devastating immigration consequences our clients face due to their criminal records. 
  • SORA Project support
  • The SORA Project advocate will provide full-time administrative support for the representation of the most stigmatized clients in the criminal justice system: individuals on the sex offender registry.
  • Conditions of Confinement Project support
  • The Conditions advocate will spend a majority of their time helping our team track and remediate quality-of-life issues arising from our clients’ incarceration, as further discussed on the “Client Support Services” page of our website.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree OR a minimum of 3 years’ experience in an administrative support role;
  • General computer and technological proficiency, including comfort with Microsoft Office and the ability to quickly become proficient with firm-specific programs and software;
  • Strong writing ability;
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects at once;
  • Ability to work on a team;
  • Patience and the capacity to interact with bureaucratic agencies;
  • Empathy for people who have been convicted of serious offenses or who are facing immigration consequences and a commitment to advocating on their behalf;
  • Spanish fluency is highly preferred, but intermediate/independent ability on the CEFR scale is required.
  • Learn more here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/table-1-cefr-3.3-common-reference-levels-global-scale
  • Prior paralegal / client advocate experience is a plus.
  • A driver’s license and comfort with driving long distances is required (although during the pandemic client advocate communications with detained clients have been via telephone or letters). No car is necessary.
  • The anticipated start date is October 18, 2021

 

At CAL, we embrace and value our staff’s diversity, and we welcome applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and people of LGBTQ+ identities. CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, citizenship status, color, credit history, creed, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, marital status, partnership status, pregnancy, race, religion, salary history, sexual and reproductive health decisions, sexual orientation, status as a covered veteran or active military service member, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 

The starting salary for recent college graduates will be at least $49,000; the salary for more experienced applicants will be commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package will be provided.

The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) – a 50-attorney non-profit public defender agency in New York City responsible for representing indigent criminal defendants in all aspects of post-conviction proceedings – is seeking to hire a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2021
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement

Salary

At least USD 49,000The starting salary for recent college graduates will be at least $49,000; the salary for more experienced applicants will be commensurate with experience.

Benefits

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and vision coverage
  • Access to pre-tax transit and dependent care FSA
  • Access to 403(b)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and vision coverage
  • Access to pre-tax transit and dependent care FSA
  • Access to 403(b)

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency highly preferred.

Spanish fluency highly preferred.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
120 Wall St, New York, NY 10005, USA

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the form linked below. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.   

Application or https://forms.gle/rrWXBcZyVWhbJuqP7

Because of the expected high number of applications, we ask that applicants not contact the office to inquire about the status of their application. Additional information about the organization may be found at www.appellate-litigation.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Appellate.Litigation/ and Twitter (@_cfal).

 

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the form linked below. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.   

Application or https…

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