Employment

Removal Defense Attorney

 
 

Position Description: 

Provides professional guidance to program staff who handle routine and moderately complex cases for low and moderate-income groups of any religious persuasion. Conducts legal assessment and review of complex cases to determine eligibility for immigration benefits and need for referral to other legal providers. Provides consultation and represents clients in removal defense.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provides professional guidance to program staff who handle routine and moderately complex cases for low and moderate-income groups of any religious persuasion. Conducts legal assessment and review of complex cases to determine eligibility for immigration benefits and need for referral to other legal providers. Provides consultation and represents clients in removal defense.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1.        Legal Representation

  • Conduct legal consultations and determine eligibility for immigration benefits. Prepare and file cases for individuals in removal proceedings, both in the detained and non-detained context. Representation will be provided in both San Diego and Imperial counties.

  • Represent clients in proceedings before EOIR with the following: custody redetermination hearings, defensive asylum, withholding of removal, Convention Against Torture, non-LPR and LPR cancellation of removal, waivers, complex family-based adjustment of status, and appeals to the BIA.

  • Ability to draft declarations, legal briefs, motions and pleadings.  

2.        Staff Development and Trainings

  • Provide supervision to fully accredited DOJ Fully Accredited Representatives including but not limited to reviewing cases to be filed, assisting with drafting of briefs, motions and pleadings.

  • Co-lead weekly case reviews with all staff involved in removal defense program.

  • Additional responsibilities may include interviewing and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Keep DOJ Fully Accredited Representatives and Director informed of changes to immigration law and/or DHS policies that impact the clients that we serve.

3.       Community Engagement    

  • Travel as needed and directed to any of the Agency sites, to detention facilities or courts as required.

4.       Program Development

  • Assist as directed in any of the myriad activities required to balance workload priorities, grant-based goals, in-service training and handling of resources so as to ensure maximum productivity and fiscal solvency for Immigrant Services.

  • Assist department administration in the development and expansion of its immigration services and resources.

5.     AGENCY ENGAGEMENT/ PROCEDURES

  • Follow established program protocols

  • Adhere to all agency policies and procedures

  • Submit program reports and statistics in a timely manner

  • Participate in departmental meetings, on-line webinars and other training opportunities

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  1. Jurisprudence Degree plus experience in immigration removal defense.

  2. License to practice law in State of California. Must be in good standing.

  3. Ability to counsel clients regarding immigration law, procedures, forms, and eligibility.

  4. Ability to represent clients before USCIS and Immigration Court.

  5. Ability to provide training to staff regarding immigration law, procedures, forms, eligibility     criteria.

  6. Must possess strong legal research and writing skills.

  7. Familiarity of local DHS and EOIR offices and procedures preferred.

  8. Bilingual English/ Spanish.

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Valid California Drivers License and current automobile insurance in compliance with Agency requirements. Member of the Bar Association, preferably California. Access to and admission in Federal Court.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk and climb or balance.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Must be able to travel to various locations to support the needs of the program.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Schedule: Full-time 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or Part-time 20 hours per week, Monday – Friday, (4 hours per day) (Some weekends and evenings to support program needs).

Salary: TBD (Depending on Experience)

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How to Apply

Email Resume to:

Resumes@CCDSD.ORG


Mail:

Catholic Charities
Human Resources
PO Box 121831
San Diego, CA 92112-1831