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 firstname.lastname@example.org.