Removal Defense Attorney

Position Summary

The Removal Defense Attorney prepares a wide range of immigration cases for submission/defense to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of State, Immigration Court, the Arlington Asylum Office, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Removal Defense Attorney provides legal representation to unaccompanied children in family court and prepares cases for submission to USCIS and EOIR. The Removal Defense Attorney coordinates all aspects of a client's case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies. Additionally, the Removal Defense Attorney will:

  • Assist in the supervision of volunteer and student interns.
  • Solicit the help of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and others to assist with the provision of services when necessary, and mentor pro bono attorney volunteers.
  • Provide public education in the community, collaborating with other agencies.
  • Participate in meetings with immigration legal service community-based organizations.
  • Participate on regular basis in day-long weekend naturalization workshops.
  • Provide referrals to clients for non-legal services ad needed.
  • Provide data for grant reports, as needed.

Prerequisites for the Position:

  • Juris Doctor degree and admission to the bar of any state; Virginia bar admission strongly preferred.
  • At least 1 year of experience practicing immigration law.
  • Experience in court and in defensive immigration cases preferred.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) required.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to manage a substantial workload with deadline pressures.
  • Competence in communicating and interacting with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds in a professional and compassionate manner, including interacting with individuals experiencing substantial levels of emotional, physical, financial, or other hardship.
  • Ability to use basic Microsoft Office programs and online case management software.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Catholic Charities Hogar Immigrant Services - Legal.
  • Regular access to a vehicle and travel to and from court or government agencies required. up to 2 days telework
  • CCDA reimburses mileage and parking at court/USCIS/etc.,
  • Pay state bar dues and AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) membership for all attorneys

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Removal Defense Attorney


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington

Job Location

Hogar Legal
Alexandria, VA
United States