Bilingual Immigration Staff Attorney

The Immigration Staff Attorney works to meet the needs of indigent immigrants for immigration legal services by providing direct representation and assistance in applying for immigration benefits before USCIS and direct representation services for immigrants and their families facing immigration removal proceedings at the Oakdale and New Orleans Immigration Courts in Louisiana.  The Staff Attorney shall also provide non-representative Legal Orientation Program (LOP) services to immigration detainees in rural Louisiana. Travel is anticipated for three (3) to six (6) days on a monthly basis.  MUST BE BILINGUAL (English/Spanish).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education:J.D. from an accredited ABA institute
  • Preferred Experience:6 months-2 years of general immigration law practice experience – law school clinic work, externships, or other similar training may be counted towards the minimum requirement.  However, experience with criminal defense or litigation and willing to learn immigration law will also be considered.
  • Certification/Licensure:Louisiana license preferred.  Admitted to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia is acceptable.
  • Language(s):Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office platform.
    • Ability to work with diverse population and needs and handle deadlines and other court demands as needed.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample (less than 10 pages) to aallen@ccdiobr.org.  We will continue to receive application materials until the position is filled.

 

Core Values of Staff:

  • Compassion: We treat others as our brothers and sisters. We are one human family regardless of our national, racial, ethnic, economic and theological backgrounds.
  • Teamwork: As employees of Catholic Charities, we act as members of one team to accomplish our mission.
  • Respect: We serve our clients and interact with our fellow employees, treating them with dignity and respect.
  • Integrity: We perform our work honestly to promote the highest trust and confidence in our services.
  • Customer Service: We strive to exceed the expectations in the level of services that are provided within the scope of our mission to our clients.
  • Justice: Our basic moral test is how the most vulnerable members of our community are faring and how we are serving them within our mission.

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Bilingual Managing Attorney

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Managing Attorney works to meet the needs of indigent immigrants for immigration services by providing direct representation and assistance in applying for immigration benefits and direct representation services for immigrants and their families facing immigration removal proceedings in Louisiana. Such work also entails supervising the work product of Staff Attorneys and paralegals. Managing Attorney shall also provide non-representative legal orientation services to immigration detainees at the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) at the Southeast Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile, Louisiana and the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, in rural north Louisiana.

Education, Experience & Certifications: Education: J.D. from an accredited ABA institute; Experience: Three (3) years of general immigration law practice experience but preferably in removal defense and family-based petitions with one (1) of the three (3) years in legal office management, including supervision of staff members; Certification/Licensure: Admitted to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia, Louisiana license preferred.

Other Qualifications: REQUIRED: Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency; Working knowledge of Microsoft Office platform; Ability to work with diverse population and needs and handle deadlines and other court demands as needed.

Essential Job Duties: Direct Court and Federal Agency Representation – The Managing Attorney shall represent clients before Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Immigration Courts in New Orleans and Oakdale, Louisiana and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”); the Managing Attorney shall also supervise the filings of the ILS staff members, including but not limited to VAWA, U visas and asylum cases among others types of matters related to immigration removal and family based petitions. Legal Orientation Program (“LOP”) – The Managing Attorney shall conduct group rights presentations at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana and individual orientations to detainees; prepare for and conduct workshops, develop and maintain pro bono network inside and outside of Louisiana, identify potential cases for such pro bono participation, prepare materials for training pro bono counsel, quality control data for funder prior to submission. Travel is expected three to six days a month.  Community Outreach – The Managing Attorney shall be expected to oversee and liaison with law enforcement and other non-profits which may provide legal services to the immigrant population within Louisiana and directly with the immigrant community regarding immigration subject matters and rights. The Managing Attorney shall allocate and assign cases to staff members, implement all necessary procedures for accepting, opening, managing and closing case files; quality control case and file maintenance, assist, on an as needed basis, the Director in the preparation of reports to funders or prepare the initial reports for review and approval by the IS Director; provide hands on training for new hires and externs.

How to apply: We are requesting a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (5-10 pp) and three references to be sent to aallen@ccdiobr.org.

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Fall 2016/Spring 2017 ALDF Litigation Program Clerkship

Animal Legal Defense Fund

When: The clerkships are part-time (15 hours a week). They are during fall 2016 and spring 2017, for a period of 3 months (approximately 12 weeks) each semester with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule).

Location: These clerkships are remote.

Responsibilities: The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.

Stipend: This is an unpaid clerkship. There is a monthly stipend of $1,000 (the total stipend per semester is $3,000.) This is to assist you in paying for reasonable expenses, including room and board, gas, travel, and other expenses.

Eligibility: Clerkships are open to second and third-year students only.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016.

How to Apply: Forward an application form (PDF), cover letter, resumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to wcromwell@aldf.org. Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:

Animal Legal Defense Fund
ALDF Litigation Program Legal Clerkship
170 E. Cotati Ave
Cotati, CA 94931
Attention – Wendy Cromwell

Location: Remote

Wendy Cromwell
wcromwell@aldf.org

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Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.

SLLS anticipates hiring for the following positions:

1 Full-time Staff Attorney Positions in Covington:

  • 1 Attorney working on Protective Orders and other Family Law matters.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, capacity to work well with others.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana and membership in good standing with the Louisiana State Bar Association. SLLS does not permit the outside practice of law. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $39,000-$48,000 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

1 Full-time Support Staff member/Paralegal for our Covington Office:

  • This position requires travel to the Franklinton Courthouse 3 days per week to assist in family law matters. Starting salary is $22,200-$27,000 depending on experience. Support staff may also receive additional compensation if they are commissioned as a notary public or if they have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from an accredited college. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at rnewman@slls.org by January 31, 2016.


 

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The United States Immigration Court at Oakdale, Louisiana, has an opening for a summer 2016 judicial intern. All law students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred, but not required. Those selected as interns will gain an understanding of U.S. immigration law and procedure as it relates to issues of removal and deportation.

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TULANE LAW SCHOOL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINIC

VOCA PROJECT ATTORNEY/CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 The Tulane University School of Law and the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic are seeking applications for a Domestic Violence Attorney/Clinical Instructor to begin in January 2016. This attorney position is funded by a VOCA grant to provide civil legal advocacy to domestic violence survivors. Responsibilities will include direct client representation on civil legal matters such as protective orders, custody, other family and poverty law related issues. The Project Attorney will work closely with third-year law students licensed to practice under Louisiana’s student practice rule, and will directly supervise and oversee student work on the Project Attorney’s cases. Project Attorney is also responsible for coordinating and managing outreach projects, partnerships, and on-site Clinics at other community programs. This position requires frequent public speaking.

 Minimum Qualifications

Applicants should have a Juris Doctorate, a sound academic record, practice experience representing clients in domestic violence cases, and an ability to mentor student-attorneys.

Minimum Education

Juris Doctorate. Although there is a strong preference for a candidate already admitted to the Louisiana bar, applicants who are eligible to sit for the February 2016 bar exam will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates will possess demonstrable experience and/or expertise in working with domestic violence survivors, three years or more of courtroom litigation experience, excellent research and writing skills, experience with public speaking or professional training, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to effectively engage the public along all demographics, and the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships. Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required.

How To Apply

All applicants should apply electronically via the following link:

apply.interfolio.com/33665

Materials submitted through this Tulane Jobs portal will not be considered.

Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial
organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and
communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

NOWCRJ seeks a highly motivated managing attorney based in New Orleans to lead a team of attorneys in New Orleans with an intersectional legal practice. The Managing Attorney will be expected to (1) direct and supervise the docket and staff attorneys and represent clients in complex cases; (2) oversee internal management of the legal department and ensure we hit our ambitious goals; and (3) serve as a key leader of the Legal Department. This position reports directly to the Legal Director.

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2016 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States

2016-2017 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

Please notify your students and encourage them to apply online via our website.

www.peggybrowningfund.org

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The Associate Program at NETWORK Lobby, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby just opened applications for their 2016-2017 Associate Program year and are seeking a diverse cadre of applicants who are graduating or have recently graduated from college and are seeking to gain experience working for structural change through legislative advocacy and social justice.

NETWORK offers an 11-month (Fall 2016-Summer 2017) stipended, intensive educational and professional development experience in Washington, D.C. focused on legislative advocacy rooted in Catholic principles of social justice.  I think of the Associate Program as an alternative post-grad opportunity for students who wish to work for social justice through structural change at the political and organizing level.

Designed to cultivate growth into a career in advocacy, politics, policy, or non-profit arena through firsthand experience, associates will develop practical, translatable skills as they contribute to the ongoing work for social justice.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Associate Program will be accepted through January 31, 2016. You can find out more information about the program and apply here:

http://networklobby.org/associate-program

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is seeking 1L and 2L law students for its summer 2016 law clerk program.

The Center is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of poor people in order to expand democracy and transform the economy. We organize directly affected people, and couple their courage with strategic legal, policy, and communications work to build campaigns that advance racial justice, immigrant rights, and a fair economy.

The Center anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance, as well as a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power. Our members are African American and immigrant workers and families in the South, as well as guestworkers across the country.

The Center’s legal department provides legal representation and strategic support to our grassroots organizing projects and members. Practice areas include workers’ rights, housing, civil rights, and immigration. Our current work includes federal impact litigation, law reform cases, strategic immigration and detention work, administrative advocacy, policy analysis and advocacy reports, and campaign research and support.

In the last five years, the Center’s victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. Recent news articles highlighting our work include: Editorial, “Wrongly Profiled and Deported,” N.Y. Times, October 23, 2015; Nathan Martin, “Building Homes and a Multi-Racial Construction Industry in New Orleans,” Next CityMar. 31, 2014; Michelle Chen, “She Came to the US, Was Forced Into Indentured Servitude, and Now Faces Deportation,” The Nation, October 21, 2015.

Law clerks should have an interest in the Center’s practice areas and in using legal tools in the context of community-led justice campaigns. Applicants with language skill in Spanish are especially encouraged.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

The Center is a host organization for the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program and Peggy Browning Fellowship Program.

Unless applying exclusively to the Peggy Browning, all interested applicants should apply through the Ella Baker Program by uploading your cover letter, resume, and 3 references at https://ccrjustice.wufoo.com/forms/2016-ella-baker-summer-internship-application/.

Please note: the Application Deadline for Ella Baker is December 18, 2015 for 1Ls (the 2L deadline has lapsed), and for Peggy Browning is January 15, 2016 for 1L’s and 2L’s. If you have any questions, please email legal@nowcrj.org.

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