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Immigration Attorney in Chicago, IL

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Company name

National Immigrant Justice Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area


Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


USA Chicago, IL

Date Last Verified

Jan 18,2018

Posted on

Dec 27,2017

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Senior Attorney - IDL The candidate will provide legal representation and immigration legal service counseling to immigrants appearing before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with a focus on the representation of complex cases involving asylum seekers, including children, families, and adults. Provide technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to complex NIJC cases. Advocate for clients on complex cases before government administrative agencies and service agencies, as needed and/or as appropriate. Conduct preliminary intake interview, gathers all relevant facts for presentation at Unit meetings. Makes assessment of income eligibility and makes appropriate referrals for those individuals not eligible for Organization services. Recommends exceptions to financial guidelines to the Supervisor. Develop and implements complex case strategies in consultation with supervisor. Prepare cases for interview or hearing, including drafting legal papers, conducting client advocacy, presenting evidence, etc. in accord with the Code of Professional Responsibility for the legal profession. Carry a volume of work as required by the department. Has in-depth knowledge of legal and other resources. With the Supervisor and NIJC Pro Bono Coordinator, prepares complex cases for recruitment of pro bono counsel. Provide technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to complex NIJC cases. Remain current on immigration law, policies and procedures. Remains current on implications of criminal and civil law as it applies to the representation of immigrants. Develops and maintains professional relationships with EOIR, DHS, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), government and social service organizations and community organizations as necessary. Interprets immigration and department policies and programs to the public, including public speaking. Maintain complete and accurate client records. Prepare timely statistical reports. Conduct quarterly case audits for presentation and review of the Supervisor. Participate in training on immigration procedures as assigned by the Supervisor. May conduct training sessions as assigned by the Supervisor. Identify trends and recurring legal and social concerns. Recommends strategies for solutions and other needed advocacy. Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, Organization plans/policies and Unit guidelines. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that she/he understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from Supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards. Synthesize complex or diverse information; Collect and research data; Use intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures. Generate creative solutions; Translate concepts and information into images; Use feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail. Identify and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gather and analyze information skillfully. Develop alternative solutions. Work well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics. Develop project plans. Coordinate projects. Communicate changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities. Assess own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others. Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments. Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things. Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings. Write clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information. Balance team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. Display passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates. Develop workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.. Delegate work assignments. Matche the responsibility to the person. Set expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results. Follow instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Volunteer readily; Undertake self-development activities; Seek increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have JD degree. Should have 3+ years of practicing law with a preference in immigration and/or human rights law. Ability to represent individuals in complex cases and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies; demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and diverse community organizations and coalitions. Excellent writing and analytical skill is needed. Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings with a wide range of individuals and organizations is needed.

Additional info

Req ID: 4793

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
National Immigrant Justice Center
208 S. La Salle St.
Suite 1818
Chicago, IL 60604