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Temporary Staff Attorney, FJC Civil Legal Service Project

New York, NY
Practice Areas: Immigration Job #: 1258 Exp.: 2 - 4 Years
NYLAG seeks a highly motivated attorney for a temporary position within NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit to provide legal advice and representation to immigrant survivors of domestic and gender-based violence at the Manhattan Family Justice Center. An immigration attorney who is part of NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit, will work on-site at the Manhattan Family Justice Center (FJC).

  • Staff the FJC full-time during regular business hours when the FJC is open;
  • Screen and advise clients who enter the Manhattan Family Justice Center seeking services;
  • Provide consultation and representation in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, U non-immigrant status/U-visa applications, battered spouse waivers, adjustment of status, removal defense, T-visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of the project paralegal;
  • Attend FJC meetings, including meetings with off-site partners and civil legal coordination meetings, staff meetings at NYLAG’s main office, and participate in coalitions and task forces addressing DV and immigration issues;
  • Conduct educational seminars and outreach to lawyers, social workers, advocates, and the general community on immigration issues;
  • Attend internal NYLAG meetings including with the Immigrant Protection Unit as a whole, and the FJC project team as a whole; and
  • Administrative duties including updating NYLAG and FJC case management systems, maintaining and updated files and case notes.

  • Admission to Bar, New York State Bar preferred;
  • 2-4 years of immigration law experience, in matters including VAWA self-petitions, U nonimmigrant status/U-visa applications and/or battered spouse waivers;
  • Experience working with victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence;
  • Fluency in Spanish highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.

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