The Supervising Attorney will supervise a team of Immigration Representatives and/or Attorneys who provide legal services to immigrants. This includes oversight of legal services provided by these staff members and providing training, technical assistance, and general programmatic support.
The Supervising Immigration Attorney will also provide quality legal representation to a caseload of immigrant children and adults, and will prepare cases for submission to the USCIS and EOIR, including but not limited to, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status, family petitions, naturalization applications, cancellation of removal, and other forms of immigration relief. S/he will also represent these clients in court or in detention when needed. S/he will coordinate all aspects of 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.
Responsibilities and Duties
Additionally, the Supervising Immigration Attorney will:
- Provide overall programmatic/administrative support to assist in the supervision of legal assistants, legal interns, and volunteers.
- Provide support to pro-bono coordination efforts including pro bono recruitment, placement, mentoring, technical assistance, training, development of standard policies and procedures, etc.
- Support the Managing Attorney and Director on legal advocacy issues related to immigration, including trainings and presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
- Participate as needed in program-wide and grant-specific data collection.
- Participate in meetings with immigration legal service community-based organizations.
- Support administrative functions in furtherance of grant implementation.
Qualifications and Skills
- Juris Doctor degree with active membership in a State Bar required; Louisiana license strongly preferred.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) required.
- Minimum two years or more experience practicing immigration law, or three years of other relevant experience; clinical experience will be counted.
- Two years prior management/supervisory experience preferred.
- Demonstrated strong public presentation skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of law firm and corporate pro bono culture, and ability to represent CCANO’s legal programs before a variety of stakeholders.
- Experience with legal representation of unaccompanied children, immigration, and/or child dependency proceedings.
- Experience working with children and/or survivors of abuse and trauma preferred.
- Ability to work independently to manage a substantial workload with deadline pressures.
- 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 database software.
- Candidates must successfully complete required background checks and clearances.
Job Type: Full-time
- practicing immigration law: 2 years
- other relevant clinical: 3 years
Required licenses or certifications:
- active membership in a State Bar
- Louisiana license