Job Details

Removal Defense Attorney

Company name

Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

3-5 yrs required


Oakland, CA

Date Last Verified

Mar 08,2018

Posted on

Mar 06,2018
Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Removal Defense Attorney Duties: Directly representing non-detained and detained individuals in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court; Preparing and submitting applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; Visiting detained individuals at Bay Area detention centers; Provide direct legal services by meeting with clients, preparing applications for relief, drafting client declarations, and submitting cases to Executive Office of Immigration Review (‘EOIR’) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Representing clients in administrative interviews before USCIS. Attend trainings and courses to remain updated on immigration law and policy. Maintaining accurate and up-to-date client information in database. Assist with recruiting, training, and supervision of legal department volunteers. Assist Manager of Immigration Legal Services in working towards sustainability. Provide accurate data collection for grant reporting and proposals. Provide legal immigration consultations to determine eligibility for forms of relief. Represent clients in applications for legal status, including family based immigration, U-Visa and VAWA applications, DACA and naturalization cases. Directly representing non-detained and detained individuals in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court. Participate in workshops for the public and collaborative partners on basic pathways to citizenship, benefits eligibility, understanding individual rights, and other topics. Collaborate with partners organizations to refer clients to legal and mental health services. Conduct outreach events and presentations, including know-your-rights workshops and legal screening events to increase awareness of pathways to relief, legal rights and responsibilities, and enable access to legal resources.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree or LLM from ABA law school. Membership and good standing in the California State Bar. 3-5 years of experience providing legal representation to non-citizens before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Citizenship & Immigration Services. Advanced understanding of immigration and citizenship law and procedure, including family based immigration, consular processing, waivers of grounds of inadmissibility, U visa and VAWA, T visa, adjustment of status, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), naturalization and DACA. 2+ years of direct immigration legal service experience including representing clients in the above subject areas before EOIR and/or USCIS. Spanish language fluency. Experience supervising and managing paralegals, accredited representatives and/or law student interns, including training and working towards office goals. Competency to serve clients from a variety of cultures. High level of independent judgment. High analytical abilities to spot issues and plan legal services for clients. Professional level skills using Word, Excel, and Acrobat. Proven ability to master legal database systems. Demonstrates a fundamental respect for the dignity of others. Works collegially and is a proven team builder. Inclined to coach and teach in order to improve knowledge and ability of others, but holds people accountable for results. Understands and values quality improvement. Able to effectively address overlapping projects and deadlines. Adaptable and reliable in face of conflict, crisis, or changing priorities. A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; valuing a diversity of perspectives and encouraging contributions by all team members. Ability to be a team leader and a team member. Ability to thrive in a flexible, fast-paced, accredited, and growth oriented environment while maintaining a positive solution oriented approach. High analytical abilities to process large amounts of data from multiple sources. Ability toprioritize across multiple types of work and coordinate the work of others. Ability to network and interact internally and externally. High level of oral, and written communication, ability to speak to explain complex legal procedures to a many audiences.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Catholic Charities of the East Bay
433 Jefferson Street
Oakland, CA 94607

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