The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking Staff Attorneys to join the citywide Immigration Law Unit's Immigrant Opportunities Initiative (IOI). The IOI program provides low-income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services ranging from removal defense to both affirmative and defensive asylum to other affirmative matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The IOI Staff Attorney will provide a full range of legal services primarily to New York City immigrants including, but not limited to, recent arrivals to the U.S. seeking asylum, including Adults with Children (AWC). Services include representation before USCIS in various affirmative matters and before Family Courts to seek special findings orders for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The attorney will also work collaboratively with existing experienced staff in the Unit's various other projects. Specific duties will include some combination of the foregoing, depending on need and attorney experience.
- Screen and provide legal representation to NYC immigrants on the non-detained docket in Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza, 290 Broadway, and 201 Varick Street (non-detained)
- Screen and provide direct representation to NYC immigrants seeking affirmative relief from USCIS
- Appear in Family Court in all five boroughs of the City of New York and surrounding counties, to seek SIJS special findings orders
- Provide client services during evening/weekend hours as needed
- Train and mentor law students, pro bono attorneys, and volunteers to work on removal defense and other cases
- Conduct forums and workshops in immigrant communities on immigration issues
- Other duties as assigned
- Admission to the New York State Bar or admission to any other state bar with the immediate ability to waive into the NY state bar
- Demonstrated commitment to representing low-income, disadvantaged clients
- Immigration law and trial experience preferred
- Excellent writing, analytical, oral advocacy, and organizational skills
- Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team and manage a high volume of cases
- Ability to work with pro bono attorneys
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.
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