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Staff Attorney

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Public Interest

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Attorney

Years of Experience

2-4 yrs required

Location

Houston, TX

Date Last Verified

Sep 14,2017

Posted on

Aug 29,2017
Practice Area
Family Law >> Family Law
Immigration >> Immigration
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Staff Attorney The candidate will help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through the agency’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities and in Texas family, probate and/or guardianship proceedings. Provide direct representation to unaccompanied immigrant children residing in the Houston area in immigration proceedings and will represent them in obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum T and/or U visas. Conduct or oversee legal intakes and the provision of know-your-rights information to child clients. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys. Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters. Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations. Foster and manage the agency’s relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the other legal services team members. Represent children in immigration removal proceedings including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas or U visas as needed. Collaborate with the management in support of the agency’s mission. Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports. Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed. 2 – 4 years of experience practicing immigration law and admission to practice law, in the state of Texas required. Admission to practice law in the state of Texas required. 1 – 3 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas required. Fluency in Spanish required. Family law experience preferred. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma required. An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders required. Mentoring and training experience required. Excellent: oral and written communication skills; professional judgment required.

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