Temporary Legal Assistant

This is a Temporary Legal Assistant position that will be a contract/1099 position through Dec. 31, 2021.

Summary Description

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) seeks a legal assistant to join the Defending Vulnerable Populations (DVP) Program. The legal assistant will support DVP’s new partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that calls on DVP to screen the cases of individuals with “Migration Protection Protocols” in absentia orders of removal or terminated proceedings for representation on possible motions to reopen. DVP staff will then represent these cases on motions to reopen. The temporary legal assistant will assist DVP during the remainder of 2021 with the possibility of an extension into 2022, depending on renewed funding from UNHCR.


  • Manage referral entries from UNHCR
  • Conduct intakes with potential new clients
  • Run conflict checks on new client intakes
  • Communicate with clients during the representation
  • Manage client files and data entry in Lawlab database
  • Draft client declarations in support of the motion to reopen
  • Gather documentation to support the motion to reopen
  • Assist with expert declaration drafting
  • Write compelling case summaries for any reopened cases and assist with case placement
  • Research social services available to the families

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • College graduate
  • Speak and write Spanish fluently
  • Cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Experience in immigration work is a strong plus
  • Experience working with survivors of abuse or other trauma is a strong plus


  • Fulfill CLINIC’s expectations that all staff:
    • Serve with integrity
    • Develop innovative solutions
    • Promote learning—for themselves, for their colleagues, and for our network
    • Cultivate constructive relationships

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 is a Temporary Legal Assistant position that will be a contract/1099 position through Dec. 31, 2021.


Closing Date

Employment Type


Employment Level



Full Time



Reports To

Defending Vulnerable Populations Program Director


Temporary Legal Assistant


The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Job Location

within the continental United States, MD
United States