Position Summary: Under the direction of the Program Director, the Senior Immigration Staff Attorney is responsible for performing client counseling and representation duties. The Senior Staff Attorney meets with and advises clients of immigration legal rights and issues, conducts legal research and writing, prepares court forms, prepares immigration applications, and performs other legal duties. In addition, the Senior Staff Attorney conducts Community Outreach and Education work, such as working with clients and their communities to organize meetings, workshops, and rallies. The Senior Staff Attorney also provides mentorship and lends substantive expertise to positions including but not limited to Staff Attorneys I and II. The Senior Staff Attorney works directly on complex immigration cases, with a current emphasis on immigration cases dealing with victims of crimes, family immigration, DACA and removal defense cases, provides technical support and capacity building to other nonprofit organizations on immigration, and staffs evening and weekend workshops.
This position is covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Duties and Responsibilities: 40%
Client Counseling and Representation
Counsel and advise clients of legal rights
Conduct legal research and writing in response to client needs
Prepare court forms and other documents on behalf of clients
Represent clients in immigration proceedings
Coordinate client services with other attorneys
Provide direct application assistance and legal representation in complex immigration cases
Community Outreach and Education
Work with clients and their communities organizing meetings, clinics and workshops
Collaborate with community partner organizations
Produce periodic reports to meet funding and reporting requirements
Provide mentorship and substantive supervision to Staff Attorneys I and II, lending substantive expertise and guidance
All other duties as assigned
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Occasional travel may be required, including to immigration detention facilities.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or listen. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms
This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds
This position does provide substantive supervision to staff attorneys.
Qualifications: Minimum Education and Work Experience:
Minimum seven years of immigration experience, including immigration court experience
J.D. and active membership in California State Bar
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights, and community empowerment
Demonstrable substantive expertise
Language ability in an Asian language or Spanish preferred
Experience or familiarity with AANHPI community
Ability to work with diverse racial and ethnic groups
Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills
Ability to communicate effectively with clients
Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently
Availability and willingness to regularly travel within the county and state
Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
Access to reliable means of transportation
Knowledge of Law and Government such as laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Ability to engage in active listening, giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Ability to verbally convey information to others effectively
Ability to engage in critical thinking, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Ability to engage in complex problem solving, identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.