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Staff Attorney (Housing/Immigration)

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CASA de Maryland Inc.
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Hyattsville, MD
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Published 15 days ago

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:

CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors. A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations. This has no effect on salary or benefits.

DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS:

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 one person at a time 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 through hard and sustained effort is often required, real rest is also necessary for creativity, stamina and “a life,” however defined. 

POSITION SUMMARY:

A CASA staff attorney is on the front line in defending our members and the community against abuse by landlords, immigration officials, police and others who may seek to exploit them. CASA staff attorneys work with a dynamic group of paralegals, organizers and social service staff in a friendly and fast-pace environment.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Legal Work

  • Oversee and provide legal representation to CASA members in housing and immigration cases.
  • Provide brief legal services, including intake, advice and referrals, to CASA members in housing and immigration cases.
  • Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling and education regarding a range of legal issues, including: poor housing conditions, illegal evictions, retaliation, race and national origin discrimination, consumer-rights violations, consumer-rights violations, immigration-related issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant community.

Strategic Work with Organizers

  • Support legal needs of the Organizing department, including by: providing legal consultations and direct representation to members of CASA organizing committees: responding to urgent situations such as impending evictions of CASA members or immigration raids; collaborating on achieving campaign objectives described below; and other support at needed.
  • 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 on issues such as housing rights and immigration rights for CASA members and the general community.
  • Design and disseminate    legal education materials and facilitate “training of trainers” workshops in which organizers and CASA members are trained to reach out to others to inform them of their rights.
  • Identify clients to participate in public, organized campaigns and to speak with media.

Administrative Work

  • Complete on-going data entry in a timely manner. Engage in an annual planning process to develop and execute an individual work plan, evaluating and providing feedback on plans as the year progresses.
  • Provide detailed information regarding work including case examples, case profiles, and statistics for regular reporting deadlines.
  • Work to improve and grow relationships with private bar and external organizations to leverage greater pro bono and other support.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE:

·       Admitted to practice law in MD (or admitted in another state and willing to join MD bar)

·       Valid US Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

·       Bilingual English/Spanish, required

·       Strong communication skills

·       Ability to work well individually and as part of a team

·       Strong professional client management skills 

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:

CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level
Salary
See below
This is a union position, represented in collective bargaining by a CBA with the Communication Workers of America, Local WBNG 32035 - Communication Workers of America (CWA). Salary will be dictated by the terms of the current CBA.

Benefits

Health Insurance: 100% covered health, vision and dental insurance. You may obtain family health, vision, and dental insurance coverage by paying the difference between individual and family premiums.

Life insurance: Individual life insurance valued at 1.5X annual salary, up to $150,000.

401(k): Access to a 401(k) plan with OneAmerica, including employer match up to 2% after one year.

Paid Time Off: 120 hours of annual leave per year for the first two years. 160 hours per year after that. 80 hours of sick leave per year. 80 hours of compensatory leave per year.

Health Insurance: 100% covered health, vision and dental insurance. You may obtain family health, vision, and dental insurance coverage by paying the difference between individual…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred.

Qualified candidates without Spanish proficiency will be considered.

Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred.

Qualified candidates without Spanish proficiency will be considered.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Hyattsville, MD
Associated Location
8151 15th Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20783, USA

How to Apply

CASA, the mid-Atlantic's largest membership-based immigrant rights organization with more than 120,000 members, is searching for a dynamic attorney to join our team. Applicants must be passionate about the cause of immigrant rights and eager to join a fast-paced, impactful, community-based organization like ours.

Please see job descriptions at the links below for more details about the positions.  The position will be focused primarily on representing tenants to prevent eviction in Prince George’s County, Maryland but will also have the opportunity to assist with our immigration legal services.  Experience with housing law in Maryland is preferred but not required.

This position will be based at CASA's headquarters in Langley Park, MD.

Apply HERE: Staff Attorney (Housing/Immigration)

If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to reach out to Nick Katz, CASA's Legal Director, at nkatz@wearecasa.org.  

CASA, the mid-Atlantic's largest membership-based immigrant rights organization with more than 120,000 members, is searching for a dynamic attorney to join our team. Applicants…

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