Job Details

Removal Defense Attorney

Company name

Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jul 09,2019

Valid Through

Oct 22,2019

Posted on

Apr 06,2019

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Richmond, CA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Removal Defense Attorney
The candidate will be responsible for providing direct legal representation to detained and non-detained clients who are in in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration court. The Attorney will also prepare and submit 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 will also in family-based immigration, U-Visa and VAWA applications, DACA and naturalization cases. A successful candidate for this position will be a currently licensed immigration attorney experienced in the provision of immigration legal services. Supervises the work of paralegals and accredited representatives in representing clients. The Attorney works with the legal program staff to provide guidance and assistance on cases; the attorney also provides community presentations on immigration law and immigrant rights. The attorney position will be based from Richmond office. Reports to: Supervising Attorney, Immigration Legal Services. Supervisory Responsibility: Supervision of DOJ accredited representatives, paralegals, legal assistants, law students and other support staff and participation in case rounds. Develop and implement legal strategies for non-detained and detained noncitizen clients in removal and custody redetermination (bond) proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) in San Francisco and in affirmative immigration applications before USCIS. Meet regularly with non-detained clients, witnesses, and family members at CCEB offices; meet with detained noncitizen clients and potential clients via telephone and in-person at 630 Sansome Street in San Francisco, Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility in Bakersfield, Yuba County Jail in Marysville, and other ICE facilities as necessary; Screen potential clients for eligibility for immigration relief. Appear at master calendar hearings in immigration court to enter pleadings, file motions, and seek discovery where appropriate. Prepare and file applications for relief from removal in immigration court: adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, waivers, etc. File affirmative immigration applications with USCIS for clients in removal proceedings: U visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, DACA, etc. Represent clients in administrative interviews before USCIS. Legal research and writing: briefs, motions, memos, correspondence, etc. Investigation and fact research: interview clients and witnesses, prepare declarations, assemble packages of supporting documents, etc. Attend trainings and courses to remain updated on immigration law and policy. Maintain accurate and up-to-date client information in database. Assist with recruiting, training, and supervision of legal department volunteers. 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 as appropriate. 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. Assist Director 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 San Francisco Immigration Court.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have membership and good standing in the California State Bar. should have J.D. or LL.M from ABA law school. Must have 3-5 years of experience providing legal representation to non-citizens before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Citizenship & Immigration Services. Should have 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 is required. Should have Spanish language fluency. Must have experience supervising and managing paralegals, accredited representatives and/or law student interns, including training and working towards office goals.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Catholic Charities of the East Bay
217 Harbour Way
Richmond, CA 94801

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