Immigration Attorney

Oakland, CA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Immigration Exp.: 1+ Years
Position Summary:
Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) works with youth, children and families to promote self- sufficiency, strengthen families and pursue safety and justice. The Immigration Legal Services Department has provided relief for immigrants and refugees for over 35 years. With a full staff of six attorneys, five Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Representatives, law students and support staff in Oakland, Concord, and Richmond, CCEB is one of the largest providers of immigration legal services for low income families in the East Bay.

This Immigration Attorney position has a special focus on the provision of legal representation to unaccompanied minors (UUM). The attorney will focus primarily on Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and U Visa cases.

The attorney supervises the work of paralegals, legal assistants, law clerks, and legal interns. The attorney also provides community presentations on immigration law and immigrant rights. This position will be based in Richmond.

Reports to: Immigration Legal Services Supervising Attorney

Supervisory Responsibility:
Supervision of paralegals, accredited representatives, legal assistants, law clerks, and legal interns and participation in case rounds.

All responsibilities will be in line with the Council on Accreditation (COA) standards including:
Overall Leadership:
  • Commitment to Mission and Organizational Sustainability: Model commitment to CCEB mission and planning for sustainable organizational future of service.
  • Collaboration: Work with other agency members to create and continually represent a unified leadership perspective.
  • Culture: Ongoing effort toward maintaining a results-oriented, learning organization culture to increase overall impact.
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Provide direct legal services by meeting with clients, preparing applications for relief, drafting client declarations, and submitting cases to Executive Office of Immigration Review ('EOIR'), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ('USCIS'), and state courts.
  • Represent clients in immigration court hearings and administrative interviews before EOIR and USCIS.
  • Represent clients in hearings in state court to pursue Special Immigrant Juvenile Status findings.
  • Attend trainings and courses to remain updated on immigration law and policy.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date client information in database.
  • Assist with recruiting, training, and supervision of legal department support staff and volunteers.
  • Participate in workshops for the public and collaborative partners on basic pathways to citizenship, benefits eligibility, understanding individual rights, and other topics.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations to refer clients to legal and mental health services as appropriate.
Culture of Philanthropy:
  • A culture of philanthropy is each person in the organization serving as an ambassador, promoting the organization's mission and promoting giving to the agency. This position promotes a culture of philanthropy by acting as a community liaison, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and sharing client stories with Development Department.
Success Metrics:
  • Assist Director of Immigration Legal Services in working toward overall sustainability of CCEB.
  • Provide accurate data collection for grant reporting and proposals.
  • Collaborate with community partners, including school districts and non-profit legal services providers to identify UUM students within the East Bay and conduct legal consultations.
  • Represent up to children in applications for legal status and/or removal proceedings. Relief may include Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U Visas and T-Visas.
  • Conduct outreach events, including Know-Your-Rights workshops, legal screening events to increase awareness of pathways to relief for Unaccompanied Minors, and enable access to legal resources.
  • Assist on committees for COA accreditation or other committees to enhance the overall quality and sustainability of CCEB.

Position Requirements
  • Membership and good standing in the State Bar of California required
  • JD or LLM from ABA accredited law school
  • Advanced understanding of immigration and citizenship law and procedure, including family-based immigration, consular processing, waivers of grounds of inadmissibility, U Visa and VAWA, T visa, Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Unaccompanied Minors, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Naturalization, and DACA
  • Minimum of one year of direct immigration legal service experience including representing clients in the above subject areas before EOIR and USCIS
  • Experience supervising and managing paralegals, accredited representatives and/or law student interns, including training and working toward office goals
  • Competency to serve clients from a variety of cultures
  • Spanish and English language fluency
  • High level of independent judgment
  • High analytical abilities to spot issues and plan legal services for clients
  • Professional level skills using Word, Excel, and Acrobat. Proven ability to master legal database systems

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