POSITION TITLE: Immigration Staff Attorney
PROGRAM; Hogar Immigrant Services/Hogar Legal
The Immigration Staff Attorney prepares a wide range of family-based and humanitarian immigration cases for submission to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of State,Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She/he represents clients before the USCIS Washington District Office, Arlington Asylum Office, ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), including removal proceedings.
The Staff Attorney coordinates all aspects of a client's case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies. Additionally, the Staff Attorney will:
• Assist in the supervision of volunteers and student interns.
• Solicit the help of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and others to assist with the provision of
services when necessary.
• Provide in-service training to staff and volunteers on immigration-related skills and knowledge.
• Provide public education in the community, collaborating with other agencies.
• Participate as needed in agency and program-wide data collection, fundraising, training, and
• Participate in meetings with immigration legal service community-based organizations.
• Participate on a regular basis in day-long weekend naturalization or other legal workshops.
• Provide referrals to clients for non-legal services as needed.
• Provide data for grant and agency reports, as needed.
Prerequisites for the Position:
• Juris Doctor degree and admission to the bar of any state; VA Bar admission preferred.
• Minimum of one-two years of experience practicing family-based and/or humanitarian
• Advanced proficiency in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) required.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to manage a substantial workload with
• Competence in communicating and interacting with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and
economic backgrounds in a professional and compassionate manner, including interacting with
individuals experiencing substantial levels of emotional, physical, financial, or other hardship.
• Ability to use basic Microsoft Office programs and online case management software.
• Commitment to the mission and goals of Catholic Charities Hogar Immigrant Services - Legal.
• Regular access to a vehicle and travel to and from court or government agencies required.
BENEFITS: Vacation, Sick, 13 Paid Holidays, Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, Diocesan School Tuition Reimbursement K-12 and mileage reimbursement where applicable, CCDA pays for AILA fees and Bar dues. Public loan forgiveness eligibility.
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Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
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