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Bilingual Staff Attorney (Youth & Children)

Newark, NJ
Full Time
The Immigrant & Refugee Services Division at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark seeks a Staff Attorney to manage a caseload of defensive and affirmative matters involving unaccompanied children and similarly situated youth. Under the supervision of the Director, Immigrant & Refugee Services, the Staff Attorney is responsible for the following primary job duties:
  • Providing direct representation for unaccompanied children and other youth:
  • Conducting client interviews
  • Researching legal issues
  • Determining and implementing legal strategy
  • Drafting court filings, including pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Drafting applications for immigration benefits
  • Appearing in immigration court and family court
  • Appearing for USCIS benefits interviews
  • Keeping detailed digital case notes and records
  • Reporting data on monthly/quarterly/annual basis and as otherwise required by funder
  • Conducting legal consultations and providing referrals
  • Conducting community outreach and education on topics of particular relevance to immigrant children and youth
  • Liaising with Children & Youth Case Worker to facilitate services
  • Performing other duties as determined by the supervisor

Required qualifications:
  • J.D. from an ABA accredited law school
  • Admission to practice law in New Jersey
  • Ability to handle several projects and tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to communicate complex issues clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit setting and/or immigration law is preferred but not required.

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