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Senior Staff Attorney – Immigration

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), a nonprofit provider of legal services for low and moderate income residents of Queens and Brooklyn, is seeking a full-time supervising attorney for our immigration department.

The Removal Defense Project of the CMS Immigration Unit seeks a full-time, highly motivated, experienced, and passionate immigration attorney to join our dynamic team. The attorney will counsel and represent individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The attorney will also represent individuals in Family Court in guardianship and custody hearings and assist with special outreach events and community-based legal clinics in Brooklyn and Queens. The attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney of the Removal Defense Project. This is for a full-time position in our Brooklyn office, but the attorney may be required to work from our Queens office and travel to other locations within the City periodically.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide representation and legal advice to clients in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review seeking all types of relief, including but not limited to: Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, 212(c), and others;
  • Represent clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and in New
    York State Family Court;
  • Represent clients before federal appellate bodies and district courts with supervisor approval;
  • Maintain client files in good working order and routinely update case information in Lawlogix case management database;
  • Participate in CMS staff meeting and case reviews;
  • Attend USCIS and EOIR stakeholder meetings and local practitioner working group meeting as required;
  • Report on outcomes and demographic information for grants;
  • Assist in outreach and educational events with partner community based organizations and parishes in Brooklyn and Queens; and
  • Assist in the supervision of interns and fellows.

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • 1+ years of previous experience practicing in Immigration Law including clinical and internship experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish language;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
  • Experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities in a non judgmental and culturally sensitive manner

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: Alexandra Goncalves-Pena, Managing Attorney, at agoncalves-pena@catholicmigration.org. Please include “RDP Attorney Application” in the subject line.

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