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Staff Attorney

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

American Gateways is seeking to hire a staff attorney to represent asylum seekers and victims of violence. 

TITLE: Staff Attorney

REPORTS TO: SA Managing Attorney

TYPE OF POSITION: Full-time

OFFICE LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

The Staff Attorney provides high quality legal orientations, workshops, and other services to eligible immigrants at the Karnes Family Detention Center, the Dilley Family Detention Center, and the South Texas Detention Complex. Further, the Staff Attorney participates in and provides high quality general information sessions, individual information sessions and pro se workshops under the Immigration Court Helpdesk program at the San Antonio Immigration Court. Additional responsibilities include representing immigrants who qualify for VAWA, U visas, T visas, representation and consultations for potential asylum seekers, Family Based clients, those detained by ICE, and other immigrants who may qualify for immigration relief under the direct supervision of the SA Managing Attorney. Staff attorneys are also required to maintain programs statistics, client databases and files, and provide reports as required.  Education and outreach to the immigrant community on various legal issues is also required as a staff attorney.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·        Conducts general orientations, individual orientations, and pro se workshops with detainees at the detention centers

·        Conducts general information sessions, individual information sessions and pro se workshops with respondents in removal proceedings at the San Antonio Immigration Court

·        Consultations for clients including: VAWA, U visa, T visa, asylum, detention and removal, and any other applicable relief

·        Screen immigrants in detention for eligibility for services provided by AG

·        Represent eligible immigrants before USCIS, and in bond and removal hearings and before the Immigration Court

·        Mentor pro bono attorneys representing clients

·        Participate in community education and outreach activities as needed

·        Maintain client databases and caseload, as determined by the SA Managing Attorney

·        Provide monthly statistical reports of caseload and program activities

·        Other duties as needed

 

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:

·        Dedication to and experience in serving low income populations

·        Experience working with the immigrant community

·        At least two years of legal experience in immigration law, or in a non-profit organization serving low-income persons

·        Bilingual in Spanish and English

·        Excellent communication and writing skills

·        Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS:

·        JD from accredited university

·        Bar Admission in any US state (Texas preferred)

 

PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

·        Proficiency in any other language

·        Criminal Law background

·        Immigration clinic experience

·        Court Experience

HOW TO APPLY:

All interested applicants, please send a cover letter, resume, references (at least 3) and short writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to americangateways@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed up until the position is filled.

 

BENEFITS:

Health insurance; partial dental & opt-in vision; short/long term disability; life insurance; generous vacation plan. American Gateways is a unionized organization and all benefits are negotiated within the collective bargaining agreement.


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