Civil Practice Paralegal Casehandler-Immigration IOI

Job Type

Full Time

Published

05/30/2018

Start Date

06/15/2018

Application Deadline

06/14/2018

Address

Headquarters: 199 Water Street
New York
NY
10038
United States

Description

The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking one Paralegal Casehandler to join the citywide Immigration Law Unit's Immigrant Opportunities Initiative (IOI). The Paralegal Casehandler will assist the Supervising Attorneys with data collection, data entry, and generating reports. They will also assist project attorneys with case management and litigation support in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza and with affirmative applications before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including the Asylum Office, and before Family Courts in New York City and surrounding counties. A minimum two-year commitment is required to enable a Paralegal to become a Board of Immigration Appeals Partial Accredited Representative with privileges to practice before the USCIS.


The Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society is a recognized leader in the delivery of high quality legal services to immigrants in all five boroughs of New York City and surrounding counties within the New York District of the USCIS. The Unit provides low-income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services ranging from deportation defense to adjustment of status to legal permanent residence and citizenship applications. The Unit specializes in the intersection between immigration and criminal law and works collaboratively with all practice areas to serve the Society's diverse immigrant clients through a comprehensive service model. Unit staff represent immigrants before USCIS, immigration judges in removal proceedings, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as in federal court on habeas corpus petitions, petitions for review, administrative and judicial appeals, and other matters.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Maintain, organize, and update case files and case management database (Law Manager)

* Enter and search data on various databases

* Generate daily, weekly, and monthly reports from various databases as needed

* Provide direct assistance to clients 

* Assist with litigation tasks

* Prepare appropriate relief applications and draft affidavits on behalf of immigrant clients

* Work with clients to gather information and documentation 

* Provide client representation, as needed, before USCIS in immigration applications including but not limited to adjustment of status, DACA, U visas, removal of conditions on lawful permanent resident status, citizenship, and employment authorization documents

* This position may require off-site work and evening hours


SECONDARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Other duties as assigned


Location

Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters


Requirements

* Paralegal certificate from an ABA-accredited paralegal program, Bachelor's degree in relevant field, or satisfactory completion of a comprehensive in-house training course appropriate to practice area

* Excellent writing, verbal, and computer skills

* Excellent organizational skills

* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team 

* Ability to work efficiently and under time constraints to meet deadlines 

* Ability to manage a reasonable volume of work and solve problems creatively

* Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations

* Commitment to protecting the rights of low-income clients

* Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people and immigrants is strongly desired

* Knowledge of immigration law is strongly desired 

* Experience assisting people in crisis is desirable

* Proficiency in languages other than English is desired


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.


OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.


The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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