Staff Attorney

Practice Areas: Immigration
Description:
Catholic Legal Services of Miami (CLS) is a non-profit organization that represents low-income immigrants without reference to their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, or other distinguishing characteristics. CLS seeks a bilingual attorney to represent children unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings before the Miami Immigration Court and in local state courts.

Location: Miami (Downtown) or Broward County

Duties:
  • Provide legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings before EOIR Immigration Courts; appellate proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals; proceedings in family and dependency courts; proceedings before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including, among others, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJS) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status; and state court proceedings seeking orders necessary to support SIJ applications;
  • Conduct legal screenings of unaccompanied minors to determine eligibility for legal relief;
  • Manage heavy caseloads dealing with complex immigration issues;
  • Comply with monthly reporting to funders and regular data management;
  • Participate in meetings, calls and communications with stakeholders;
  • Provide mentorship and trainings in order to recruit and train pro bono attorneys; and
  • Engage in outreach and education in the area of immigrant rights.

Qualifications:
  • Membership of the Florida Bar required;
  • Experience with immigration and/or child dependency;
  • Experience working with children or youth is a preferred;
  • Fully bilingual, including reading and writing, in English and Spanish required;
  • Excellent research and writing skills, communication skills, organizational skills, self-motivation, and an ability to work collaboratively with others; and
  • Adept at interacting with a variety of people and comfortable in a busy, open work environment.

Salary to commensurate with experience. Full benefits provided.

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Kristie-Anne Padron at kpadron@cclsmiami.org.

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