Attorney, Pro Bono Program
Catholic Charities is the social ministry outreach of the Archdiocese of Washington. We believe in strengthening the lives of all in need by giving help that empowers and hope that lasts. Catholic Charities works to create a world in which every person is cherished, regardless of individual limitations, and strengthened in the use of personal gifts in order to reach his or her full potential as a valued member of the community. We are looking for exceptional people who share our vision and values.
The Attorney assists the Pro Bono Senior Managing Attorney in referring immigration cases for pro bono representation, and recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono attorneys. The Attorney provides legal advice and representation in accord with the best practice of the profession. The position supervises assigned interns and volunteers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Supervise, recruit and train volunteer attorneys to represent pro bono clients; Plan and manage trainings.
- Mentor volunteer attorneys on immigration and other relevant areas of the law and manage cases/clients to ensure successful outcomes.
- Screen cases for immigration relief. Refer cases to pro bono attorneys for legal representation.
- Reach out to attorneys to request representation and then follow up to place cases, obtain signed forms and confirm client contacts.
- Engage in outreach with law firms and bar organizations and serve as liaison between the program and community/government partners.
- Conduct outreach activities in the community with respect to legal issues.
- Assist the Pro Bono Senior Managing Attorney in managing Immigration Legal Services’ partnerships with the Family Justice Centers in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County.
- Maintain and update the program’s virtual library with sample pleadings and other materials.
- Track case victories. Draft and format monthly victories newsletter.
- Interview individuals seeking legal assistance and advise the client as to possible options through proper interpretation of current laws; Provide ongoing legal representation to the client commencing with the initial intake interview, drafting of documents, correspondence, and client applications/petitions.
Skills and Competencies
- Bi-lingual (English and Spanish).
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Public speaking skills in English and Spanish.
Education and Experience
- Law Degree (J.D.)
- Admission to the practice of law in any state and/or Washington, DC (Maryland Bar Preferred).
- 2 years’ experience in immigration law (experience working on asylum, U visa, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and Removal cases strongly preferred).
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
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