Job Details

Interim Staff Attorney

Company name

KIND (Kids In Need of Defense)

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Jul 10, 2020

Valid Through

Oct 23, 2020

Posted on

May 20, 2020

Salary

USD 75000 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required

Location

Houston, TX, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Interim Staff Attorney
Duties: Complete intakes following presentations. Undertake direct representation, as necessary, for children in their cases before the immigration authorities, state courts, and/or review boards, and continue representation if children are released locally in the greater Houston area or transferred to another ORR or adult facility locally. File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable. Contribute to overall office functioning, including joining field office and wide calls and meetings, participating in field office and wide committees, and assisting with office events. Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into case management systems. As needed, supervise Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, interns, and/or other non-legal staff including: onboarding, skills training, daily support and coaching, review and quality assurance of filings, regular check-ins and performance evaluations, and provision of consistent and effective supervision and oversight. Assist with periodic trainings and presentations for community partners and/or pro bono attorneys. Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: JD Degree and admittance to Texas bar. Fluency in Spanish(oral and written) required. 1+ year of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas. 1+ year of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers preferred. Ability to travel to ORR contracted facilities, and Harris County and Montgomery County juvenile and family courts, as well as the Houston Immigration Court and USCIS.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
KIND (Kids In Need of Defense)
1331 G Street NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

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