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Criminal and Immigration Law Attorney Duties: Providing case-specific technical assistance to nonprofit agency staff, public defenders, private practice attorneys, and pro bono attorneys who work with low-income immigrants primarily on issues relating to the intersection of criminal and immigration law, as it pertains to removal defense, family-based immigration, naturalization, asylum, and other areas of immigration law; Writing and updating manuals, practice advisories, online resources including a chart on the immigration consequences of common California offenses, and training and educational materials for attorneys, paralegals, community organizers, members of the immigrant community, and others; Conducting in-person and/or webinar trainings on immigration law and practice for legal workers and other practitioners who serve the immigrant community; Conducting research and writing assignments for ILRC’s staff attorneys on a variety of immigration law issues; Collaborating and presenting to networks of other immigrant rights organizations and/or groups on immigration law, policy and immigrant rights issues; Engaging in policy and advocacy work on immigration law issues; Traveling for trainings, meetings, and other events in California and throughout the United States; and Helping immigrants lead and participate in civic engagement projects.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Excellent writing, editing, legal research and analysis, and oral presentation skills; Exceptional time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines; A strong work ethic, including the following qualities: organized, flexible, reliable, and dependable, with the ability to be an independent worker and to handle several projects simultaneously while thriving in a team-based collaborative decision-making environment; A strong commitment to immigration law and immigrant rights; A willingness to travel throughout California and the United States; and A current Bar membership in good standing for any state in the United States or the District of Columbia, although California is preferred. It is a plus if the applicant has additional relevant experience or knowledge in the following: Representing clients in the practice of general immigration law before the EOIR, BIA, and/or and the federal courts, especially complicated family-based and removal cases; Representing clients in the criminal law context; Working on the intersection of criminal and immigration law; Broad knowledge of family-based immigration law and removal defense including the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability; the intersection of criminal and immigration law; and the rules governing BIA and judicial review; Writing and securing grants from foundations and corporations; Technical writing whether for immigration or other purposes; Training, teaching, or other public speaking experience; Working in, leading, or forming coalitions; Collaborating with immigrant communities; Coordinating civic engagement projects or working as a community organizer; and Second language proficiency, preferably Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese, within the range of conversational to fluent.
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