Legal Specialist

Summary Description

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., CLINIC, seeks a legal specialist to join the Defending Vulnerable Populations, or DVP, Program. The legal specialist will coordinate the legal work of the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, Pro Bono Project and the National Reunited Families Assistance Project, or NRFAP. Additionally, the legal specialist will assist on an “as-needed” basis with the Remote Motions to Reopen Project and pro bono cases represented by DVP attorneys.

Primary Responsibilities

BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project (50%)

  • Manage referral entries from non-affiliates, affiliates and networks
  • Run conflict checks on new client intakes
  • Draft concise and compelling case summaries for pro bono case placement
  • Coordinate client placement with volunteer attorneys, law school clinics, and/or representatives
  • Manage case data entry into Lawlab database
  • Manage client files
  • Manage detainee correspondence and documents
  • Write first draft of success stories to present to the Communications Program
  • Manage the brief bank
  • Redact briefs for distribution

Family Separation (50%)

  • Manage case data entry within NRFAP Lawlab database
  • Contact families separated by the Trump administration now living in the United States
  • Contact non-profit legal service providers and private attorneys to assess removal defense and SIJS representation capacity
  • Collect EOIR hotline and input information regarding upcoming hearing into the database
  • Draft concise and compelling case summaries for pro or low bono case placement
  • Assist with Lyft ride needs and requests for the families
  • Assist families with joining the Facebook group
  • Post pre-approved information on the “Reunidos and Unidos” Facebook group
  • Redact briefs for distribution

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • College graduate
  • Speak and write Spanish fluently
  • Cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills
  • 2+ years immigration law practice experience with specialty in removal defense; knowledge of criminal consequences a strong plus
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently and to direct projects
  • Desire to work collaboratively with the Defending Vulnerable Populations team and with outside partners


  • Demonstrate knowledge of and support the organizations mission, vision, value statements, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
  • Occasional travel may be required to attend CLINIC’s board of directors meetings, and other special events
  • Fulfill CLINIC’s expectations that all staff abide by the following Organization Behaviors
    • Serve with integrity
    • Develop innovative solutions
    • Promote learning – for themselves, for their colleagues, and for our network
    • Cultivate constructive relationships
    • Model stewardship
    • Maintain a positive attitude
    • Exhibit leadership skills and initiative
    • Communicate effectively
    • Own your work
    • Teamwork and cooperation with colleagues
    • Resolves conflicts effectively and makes effective decisions

Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Commitment

CLINIC considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family responsibilities, religion, age, disability, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. CLINIC also provides “reasonable accommodations” to qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. All interested individuals, regardless of background, are encouraged to apply.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement plan, and generous leave benefits. CLINIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, minorities, immigrants are encouraged to apply.

The responsibilities listed above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities and duties required of staff members. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and non-essential job functions are subject to modification.


This position is REMOTE until COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Closing Date

Employment Type


Employment Level



Full Time



Reports To

Defending Vulnerable Populations Program Director


Legal Specialist


The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.,

Job Location

Silver Spring, MD
United States