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Staff Attorney

Company name

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Valid Through

Sep 24, 2021

Posted on

Jun 11, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 53000 to 60950 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Houston, TX, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Staff Attorney
Duties: Ensure contract compliance, including submitting monthly reports and ensuring that data is entered accurately and timely as required. Provide high-quality, child-friendly services, including: Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations, individual screenings, direct representation for detained and locally released children, referrals post-release and pro bono referrals. Work closely with stakeholders (such as ORR and shelter staff) to maintain a positive working relationship, and ensure that the children’s needs are being met. Participate in trainings, calls and meetings with funders and technical assistance providers to stay up-to-date with new legal and programmatic developments. Provide intake, advice and counseling, and direct legal representation to clients in immigration matters in detained settings. Direct representation includes providing Friend of Court services, and representing clients before the Immigration Court and state courts, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Manage a heavy caseload with complex immigration issues. Coordinate client services with case managers, supervising attorney, and legal interns. Organize and maintain client files and data for reporting purposes. Participate in regular peer and supervisor review meetings and legal trainings. Collaborate with other agencies, stakeholders, and service providers to procure client services and network with like-minded organizations. Provide mentorship and trainings in order to recruit and train pro bono attorneys. Report suspicious and inappropriate behaviors and policy violations. Follow mandated abuse and incident reporting requirements. Meet timelines and deadlines related to supporting systems and employee compliance. Example includes Kronos Workforce Ready for review and approval of time sheets. Perform all other duties as needed, directed and/or assigned including airport pickup of newly arrived refugees and food distribution duty.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: JD Degree from ABA certified law school or international equivalent. A current Bar membership in good standing; Texas licensure is preferred. Experience in immigration law is preferred. Law school experience will be considered. Fluent in Spanish and English. Advanced legal research and writing skills. Must demonstrate strong communication skills, client interviewing abilities, and an appreciation of multicultural experiences. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage time and resources. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work well with others, to work under pressure and handle a large volume of consultations, clients, and data, and highly self-motivated. Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of low-income, culturally diverse clients.

Company info

YMCA International Services Greater Houston
6300 Westpark
Ste. 600
Houston, TX 77057

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