Position Overview This position is a one- to two-year legal fellowship with CRRA, funded by HIAS. The Managing Attorney will be responsible for providing direct representation for CRRA’s clients in immigration cases, including representation in Immigration Court, while helping to build a network of support for the broader immigration needs of asylum seekers in the Charlotte Metro Area.
The Managing Attorney will focus on providing direct legal representation in defensive asylum cases, applications for withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture protection.
Based on case load, the Managing Attorney may also represent adults and children affirmatively seeking asylum; children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and crime victims seeking VAWA classification or U visas, among other immigration benefits.
Provide legal representation in immigration cases, particularly representation of clients in removal proceedings.
Direct and support CRRA’s immigration team, including any DOJ accredited representatives, pro bono attorneys, and other staff as assigned, through regular engagement, case assistance and mentorship.
Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling, and education regarding a range of immigration issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant communities that CRRA serves.
Develop and manage a pro bono program, to enlist local attorneys to assist with immigration cases and to mentor any such attorneys taking on pro bono cases;
Manage caseload of in-house and pro bono mentorship cases for immigration relief;
Stay up to date on rapidly changing immigration laws and policies;
Comply with data and program reporting requirements.
Skills/Abilities that are a Must-Have:
Juris Doctorate degree with membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred
Minimum of 2-3 experience with immigration law, including removal defense work before the immigration court
Experience supervising and/or mentoring other attorneys in the practice of immigration law and removal defense
Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills and attitude;
Strong case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to zealously pursue new and untested legal theories;
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure
Ability to work both independently and in a group setting
Passion for social justice for immigrants
Skills/Abilities we’d like you to Have:
Experience working with detained immigrants or other incarcerated populations;
Experience working with marginalized populations and survivors of trauma;
Experience with the intersection of immigration and family law or criminal defense;
Dedication to serving immigrant communities with a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low income immigrants.