Job Details

Removal Defense Staff Attorney

Company name

The International Institute of the Bay Area

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Valid Through

Aug 28,2019

Posted on

May 15,2019

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Oakland, CA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
  Employer Sponsored Job (Free to apply to)
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Removal Defense Staff Attorney
The candidate reports to: Program Director. This position supports firm’s mission by providing quality immigration-specific legal service, advice, and representation in support of low-income individuals in removal proceedings; supervising legal work of employees and/or volunteer workers at sites; representing firm at events and partner organizations; and maintaining high standards for legal protocols and record keeping. Responsibilities: Case Management: Provide legal advice and counsel on immigration issues to low income individuals in removal proceedings. Represent clients in bond, master calendar and individual hearings in Immigration Court and, occasionally, before the Board of Immigration Appeals when filing appeals. When applicable to a removal case, represent clients in applications filed with USCIS, such as U Visas, I-130 and I-601A waiver petitions. Outreach and Group Processing: Responsible for workshops, clinics, outreach activities and information sessions on topics related to removal defense for immigrants. Outreach requires occasional evening and weekend events. Maintain Legal Best Practices: Comply with firm’s policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices for non-profit immigration law practice, including legal ramifications, maintenance of client files and data for reporting requirements. Participate in regular peer review meetings and legal trainings. Ensure grant compliance: Ensure grant requirements are met. Track case progress and outcomes. Supervise Legal Work: Train and help supervise legal interns and other volunteers. Community Leadership: Participate in meetings on behalf of IIBA and its partner organizations and collaborators. Collaborate with nonprofit legal and community-based partners. All other duties: Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have D. from ABA certified law school or international equivalent. A current Bar Membership in good standing. Must have 3 years* of experience in immigration law, specifically representing clients in removal proceedings. (Would consider a candidate with 2 years of experience if they can demonstrate sufficient knowledge in removal work and research). Should have ability to act independently and to identify and access resources to assist in preparing cases. Must have ability to handle a high volume of removal defense cases. Must have outstanding public speaking skills in English and Spanish. Should have advanced legal research and writing skills.,Dedicated to providing high quality legal assistance and capable of handling complex legal issues on behalf of low-income immigrant populations is required. Must have excellent organizational skills. Familiarity with the region and knowledge of local resources, public systems, and area philanthropy preferred. Proficiency in a Windows/PC environment, and able to quickly become proficient in the use of firm’s immigration law software and database is desired. Bi- Lingual – English and Spanish fluency is required.

Additional info

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The International Institute of the Bay Area
405 14th St
Ste. 500
Oakland, CA 94612

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