Removal Defense (RD) Attorney

Posted 7 months ago

Starting Pay: DOE

Location: City Heights

Hours of Work: TBD

Status/Hours: Full Time/ Non-Exempt

Summary:

The Immigration Removal Defense Attorney is responsible for providing direct legal full-scope
and limited-scope representation to detained and non-detained clients who are in removal proceedings before San Diego’s Immigration courts. The Removal Defense Attorney will prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, T Visa, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and other remedies. Additionally, the attorney will work to secure clients’ release from immigration custody, including working with ICE and filing habeas petitions in federal court, attend bond hearings, file appeals before the BIA and the 9th Circuit. Additionally, the removal defense attorney may be required to file affirmative immigration cases with USCIS, and host presentations and events about immigrants’ rights and policies.

The attorney position will be based in San Diego, but will require travel throughout San Diego County.

Responsibilities:

• Directly represents non-detained and detained individuals who live in San Diego County in removal proceedings before the San Diego and Otay Mesa immigration courts.
• Prepares and submits applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, T Visa, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
• Files habeas petitions with the Federal District Court.
• Visits detained individuals at San Diego’s detention centers.
• Conducts thorough intakes to ascertain eligibility for bond and/or immigration relief and to advise clients of their rights and available options while in proceedings.
• Provides direct representation to a large caseload of individuals and families in immigration removal and bond proceedings before the Immigration Court (EOIR) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), in custody matters before Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and in credible/ reasonable fear interviews and applications for affirmative relief before US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
• Files appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
• Represents clients in administrative interviews before USCIS.
• Prepares and files affirmative immigration cases with USCIS including, but not limited to, family-based immigration benefits.

• Represents clients in administrative interviews before USCIS.
• Prepares and files affirmative immigration cases with USCIS including, but not limited to, familybased immigration benefits.
• Attends trainings and courses to remain updated on immigration law and policy.
• Maintains accurate and up-to-date client information in database.
• Assists with recruiting, training, and supervision of legal department volunteers.
• Participates in workshops for the public and collaborative partners on basic pathways to citizenship, benefits eligibility, understanding individual rights, and other topics.
• Collaborates with partner organizations to refer clients.
• Conducts 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.
• Represents our organization at community meetings and forums about legal services and how best to respond to community needs.
• Assists with grant reports and applications.
• Assume general administrative responsibilities, including detailed case management, and timekeeping.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team.
• Experience providing legal representation to non-citizens before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit preferred.
• Familiarity with immigration law and procedure, including asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture, family-based immigration, U-visas, adjustment of status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and cancellation of removal.
• Professional-level skills using Word, Excel, and other relevant computer programs.
• Experience and interest in working with ethnically diverse populations.
• Commitment to social justice evidenced by job and/or volunteer/intern experience.
• Removal Defense experience is preferred.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Membership and good standing in the California State Bar.
• Spanish language fluency.

Interested Applicants please submit Cover Letter and Resume down below or to:

Human Resources Department

Email: employment@lamaestra.org

Fax: 619-269-1291

La Maestra Community Health Centers is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability or any other legally protected status.

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