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Managing Attorney, Employment Unit

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
MANAGING ATTORNEY, EMPLOYMENT UNIT

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”) provides high quality free legal services, tenant organizing, community education, and advocacy for low-income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice. CMS’ three program areas are tenant advocacy, employment and immigration. CMS is an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

The Employment Unit works towards strengthening the enforcement of workers’ rights through affirmative litigation, policy reforms, individual representation, and community education in collaboration with workers’ centers and community-based organizations citywide. The Employment Unit provides advice and representation to hundreds of low wage and immigrant workers each year facing a range of workplace related problems.

POSITION:
The Managing Attorney oversees all work done by the Employment Unit to ensure that the work carries out the CMS mission, is high quality, and meets contractual obligations to CMS’ funders. The Managing Attorney will work with the Director of Legal Services to carry out and further develop the vision of the Employment unit. CMS’ non-supervisory staff are represented by UAW Local 2325 – the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys. The Managing Attorney will be based in our Queens office and report to the Director of Legal Services.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop vision for the Employment Unit in consultation with the Director of Legal Services, Deputy Director, and staff members.
  • Directly supervise Employment team members. Schedule regular support meetings, develop staff work plans, and provide feedback on performance on an ongoing basis.
  • Represent CMS in coalitions, before government and other funders, and before elected officials whenever program input is expected;
  • Manage grant compliance and reporting, ensuring deliverables are being met for all government/private funders, and provide assistance in report writing as needed;
  • Work collaboratively with other CMS managers and the Director of Legal Services to manage CMS and facilitate the provision of services in a holistic manner across all of CMS’ programs and worksites;
  • Represent clients in employment related legal proceedings including before administrative agencies, trial courts, and appellate courts;
  • Identify professional development opportunities for staff, develop in-house trainings, and mentor staff members;
  • Maintain organized and up-to-date files and database of caseload;
  • Assist in planning and implementation of strategic projects related to legal services; and
  • Assist in the daily operation of the office. 

REQUIREMENTS

  • D. from an accredited law school;
  • Admission to the New York State Bar and current status of good standing;
  • Minimum of seven years of employment legal experience, with prior supervisory experience preferred;
  • Excellent writing, communication and analytical skills;
  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office;
  • Competency in one or more foreign languages is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as to work collaboratively with a team; and
  • Ability and experience working with staff and clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.

SALARY & BENEFITS:
The salary range for a Managing Attorney with seven to ten years of directly relevant experience is $100,725.31 and $107,217.41. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation in the first year of employment, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references and two writing samples to: Magdalena Barbosa, Director of Legal Services and Sr. Vice President, at mbarbosa@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Managing Attorney Application” in the subject line. 

DIVERSITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. Catholic Migration Services makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.


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2023 Summer Legal Internships

 

 

 

2023 SPRING AND SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”) is currently accepting 2023 summer legal internship applications for our Tenant Advocacy, Immigration, and Workers Rights’ Programs. CMS is a nonprofit provider of legal services primarily serving low-income residents of Brooklyn and Queens and is an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

Interns will be responsible for legal research, drafting legal memoranda and other documents, factual investigation, assisting in hearing/trial preparation, development of educational and outreach materials, client interviewing, and a host of other needs that arise in CMS litigation and advocacy efforts. Interns also may have opportunities to observe CMS attorneys in court or administrative agency proceedings.

The Tenant Advocacy Program (“TAP”) at CMS assists tenants – primarily residents of Queens – with a wide array of housing-related legal services ranging from brief advice to full representation in court proceedings. TAP assists tenants with matters such as eviction defense, obtaining needed repairs, combatting landlord harassment and rent overcharges, obtaining renewal leases, and obtaining rent increase exemptions for seniors and persons with disabilities. We typically litigate cases in Queens Housing Court and at administrative agencies, and also periodically represent clients in Queens Supreme Court and the Second Department. Because TAP also has tenant organizers, our legal team and organizers collaborate to lead community education events and bring group cases.

The Immigration Program at CMS is comprised of three units: Removal Defense, Affirmative Filings, and Naturalization. Removal Defense represents immigrants who are before Immigration Court seeking forms of relief such as defensive asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents and non-lawful permanent residents, motions to reopen, and 212(C) waivers. The Removal Defense team also files affirmative asylum petitions, U visas, T visas and I-130 family based petitions associated with a removal case before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The affirmative filings team files R visas, religious worker petitions, consular processing family petitions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, I-130 family petitions, inadmissibility waivers, I-90 green card renewals, and adjustment of status applications. The Naturalization team submits naturalization applications and N-600 (application for certificate of citizenship for people who derived or acquired US citizenship through their parents) applications before USCIS. We are seeking summer interns to assist with our removal defense and affirmative work.

The Workers’ Rights Program at CMS works towards strengthening the enforcement of workers’ rights through affirmative litigation, policy reform, individual representation, and community education. In collaboration with workers’ centers and community-based organizations citywide, the Workers’ Rights Program provides advice and representation to hundreds of low-income and immigrant workers each year facing a range of problems, including wage theft, entitlement to paid and unpaid leave (family leave, sick leave, etc…), discrimination, unemployment insurance, and other basic workplace rights. The Workers’ Rights Program represents clients at various city, state and federal enforcement agencies, as well as in state and federal courts.

General Information
Applicants should be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. The internship is unpaid, however CMS will support the applicant’s effort to obtain funding from outside sources (e.g., their law school, Equal Justice America, etc.).

Application Instructions
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references directly to the program to which they are applying:

For Immigration Internships (Please direct your application materials to the intended unit):
Lynn Neugebauer
Supervising Attorney, Removal Defense Project
Email: lneugebauer@catholicmigration.org

Christopher Holtz
Supervising Attorney, Affirmative Filings Unit
Email: choltz@catholicmigration.org

For Tenant Advocacy Internships:
Jonathan Cohen
Managing Attorney, Tenant Advocacy Program
Email: jcohen@catholicmigration.org

For Workers’ Rights Internships:
Alice Davis
Supervising Attorney, Workers’ Rights Program
Email: adavis@catholicmigration.org