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Internships and Careers

Internships

Thank you for your interest in Catholic Migration Service’s internship program.

Fellowship Opportunity for Fall 2019
Catholic Migration Services, a nonprofit provider of free legal services, and an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, is seeking a candidate to sponsor for a post-graduate legal fellowship in our tenant advocacy program or workers’ rights program starting in the fall of 2019 (applications to fellowship foundations due fall 2018). Fellowship programs include the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship Program, and similar programs.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants should be rising third-year law students, recent law graduates with judicial clerkships beginning in the fall of 2018, or current judicial law clerks;
  • Admission to the New York Bar, or taking the New York Bar Exam not later than July 2019;
  • Proficiency in a second language is strongly preferred, including but not limited to Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese or Bangla;
  • A demonstrated interest in public service, including but not limited to serving low-income tenants, workers and/or immigrants, is strongly preferred; and
  • Strong oral advocacy skills, as well as analytical and writing skills.

Application Process:
Please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and list of three references by email to Magdalena Barbosa, Managing Attorney, at mbarbosa@catholicmigration.org. Inclusion of a fellowship project proposal (i.e., what work within the tenant advocacy or workers’ rights arena you propose to do) is recommended, but not required. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through July 23, 2018.

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Careers

SENIOR ATTORNEY – IMMIGRATION
Catholic Migration Services, a nonprofit provider of legal services for low and moderate income residents of Queens and Brooklyn, is seeking a full-time senior attorney for our immigration department.

The senior attorney will counsel and represent individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The senior 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 senior 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 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 VAWA;
  • Represent clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals or in any other immigration related federal litigation matters.
  • Represent clients in front of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and in New York State Family Court;
  • Prepare affirmative applications including but not limited to: Asylum, family based petitions, adjustment of status, U visa and T visa applications;
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good working order. Maintain and update case list and client and case information in 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, and;
  • Assist in outreach and educational events;
  • Assist in the supervision of interns.

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • 5+ years of previous experience practicing in Immigration Law is required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Fluency in written and oral Spanish preferred;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Basic computer skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
  • Ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.

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: Sharone Kaufman, Managing Attorney at Skaufman@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Senior Attorney Application” in the subject line.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

As an organization committed to serving and meeting the needs of all people, and pursuant to the requirements of City, State and Federal anti-discrimination laws, Catholic Migration Services provides equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination based on any characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws, including but not limited to race; creed; color; national origin; sex; age; religion; gender; disability; genetic information; pregnancy; marital status; sexual orientation; citizenship status; caregiver status; AIDS/HIV status; military status or service; domestic violence, stalking or sex offense victim status; transgendered status; or gender identity.