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Immigration Staff Attorney - Immigration Services, Pars Equality Center Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Immigration Exp.: 2+ Years
Supervisor: Legal Director
FTE: 1-Expempt

Position Summary:
As a member of the Pars Legal Team, the Managing Attorney will be in charge of streamlining the Immigration Legal Department and maintaining a client caseload while assisting in building and managing the growing needs of this department.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Case Management: Provide legal consultation, case preparation and full representation to low income clients filing immigration applications, including family-based and humanitarian immigration petitions, waivers, U Visas, VAWA, naturalization, consular processing and adjustments of status. Knowledge and readiness to handle removal cases and knowledge of employment immigration necessary to meet the community’s needs.
  • Outreach and Group Processing: Responsible to plan and conduct workshops, clinics, outreach activities and information sessions for immigrants and social service agencies serving immigrants. Outreach requires occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Maintain Grant Deliverables: Responsible for reporting to grantors on deliverables, maintaining grants and grant deliverables and ensuring compliance with all current and future immigration program grants.
  • Supervise Legal Work: Train and help supervise administrative support staff, legal interns and other volunteers.
  • Maintain Legal Best Practices: Comply with Pars Equality Center’s policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices for non-profit immigration law practice, including legal ramifications, fee collection, maintenance of client files and data for reporting requirements.
  • Fee Assessment: Assess fees for services, sign contracts with clients, work with administrative staff to ensure fees are collected and applications are filed in a timely manner.
  • Community Leadership: Participate in meetings and events, community building events, and collaborative events in order to enhance community leadership.
  • All other duties: Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • J.D. From ABA certified law school. A current Bar Membership in good standing.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in immigration law, one year removal defense and well versed in employment immigration matters.
  • Advanced legal research and writing skills.
  • Dedicated to providing high quality legal assistance and capable of handling complex legal issues on behalf of low-income immigrant populations.
  • Outstanding public speaking skills in English and preferably Persian, with ability to conduct outreach and education events to large groups and be interviewed on television, radio, and taped video
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Exceptional time management skills – ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment
  • Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of the low-income, culturally diverse newcomer community
  • Familiarity with the region and knowledge of local resources, public systems, and
  • Possess a positive and respectful demeanor, cultural humility, and demonstrated ability to interact and communicate effectively with staff and clients of diverse backgrounds.
  • Valid CA driver’s license and auto liability coverage according to the agency requirement
  • Excellent computers skills: MS Office (all apps) and Immigration Software Applications (Cerenade)
  • Multi-lingual, presentation, oral, and written fluency in Farsi/Persian & English with Spanish a considerable plus
  • Flexibility of schedule to accommodate occasional evening and weekend work plus some out of state travels

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