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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileAsylum Staff Attorney Duties: Provides 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 asylum seekers, including children, families, and adults. Provides technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to cases. Advocates for clients before other government administrative agencies and before other service agencies. Conducts 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. Develops and implements case strategy in consultation with supervisor. Prepares 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. Carries a volume of work as required by the department. Has in-depth knowledge of legal and other resources. With the Supervisor and Pro Bono Coordinator, prepares cases for recruitment of pro bono counsel. Provides technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to cases. Remains 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. In accord with the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflict of interest. Maintains complete and accurate client records. Prepares timely statistical reports. Conducts quarterly case audits for presentation and review of the Supervisor. Participates in training on immigration procedures as assigned by the Supervisor. May conduct training sessions as assigned by the Supervisor. Identifies 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. Other duties may be assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree required. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. High proficiency or fluency in Spanish required.
Req ID: 4721
Heartland Alliance For Human Needs & Human Rights
208 South La Salle Street
Chicago, IL 60601