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Staff Attorney for Removal Defense, Immigration Legal Services

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Feb 14, 2019
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

POSITION TITLE: Staff Attorney for Removal Defense, Immigration Legal Services

PURPOSE: To provide direct legal representation to low income and culturally diverse immigrants, primarily those in removal proceedings.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: Director of Immigration Legal Services


LOCATION: EMO’s SOAR Immigration Legal Services program site and other sites as needed.


BENEFITS: Salary range starts at $54,080 annually. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings.  Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


  1. Provide direct legal representation to low income clients in removal proceedings before the Portland Immigration Court.
  2. Represent low income clients before USCIS with administrative applications on a broad range of immigration remedies. Represent clients at USCIS interviews and act as liaison between clients and USCIS in resolving administrative problems.
  3. Hold community presentations on immigration topics.
  4. Submit monthly reports on services rendered.
  5. Other duties as assigned.


Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.

KNOWLEDGE:  Must be a lawyer in good standing with the Oregon State Bar or a lawyer who is certified to practice federal immigration law in Oregon and meets the requirements of ORS 9.280 and the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct; preference given to Attorney with at least two years of experience in immigration law; Proven proficiency using software programs for data and word processing.

SKILLS: Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to serve people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances; Excellent time management and attention to deadlines.

EFFORT: Proven organizational skills and ability to maintain calm, professional manner.

RESPONSIBILITY: Ability to be self-directed and work as a member of a team; Ability to handle highly sensitive matters with confidentiality, diplomacy, and professionalism.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture and sexual orientation; High tolerance for ambiguity and change.


Ability to communicate fluently in Spanish and English

Equal opportunity employer

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.


I have received and read the position description. I understand its contents and agree to complete the responsibilities and duties of the position. I understand that it is not an employment contract, the responsibilities and duties may be changed from time-to-time, and it supersedes any prior position descriptions.

Closing Date *: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019