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Legal Services Director

Jul 8, 2016
Organization: 
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative
City: 
Houston
State: 
Texas

Background
The Houston metropolitan area has one of the highest concentrations and fastest-growing populations of immigrants and refugees in the country. Despite their significant contributions to the state and local economy in Texas, immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented, face considerable challenges. Many immigrants are eligible to apply for citizenship, another form of legal status, or “deferred action,” but cost, educational gaps and lack of high-quality legal services prevent them from seizing these opportunities. We estimate that local service providers currently serve only 20 percent of low-income clients who are eligible for immigration services.

In 2013, local organizations working with immigrant communities came together to form the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC or the Collaborative) to tackle issues facing immigrant communities in the Houston region. The mission of the Collaborative is to create a coordinated network of effective and efficient services to assist low-income immigrants access the information and legal representation that allows them to make choices in their own best interest.


HILSC brings together Houston’s best and brightest non-profit and legal minds to:

  • Increase the capacity of immigration legal services providers and increase the number of such providers equipped to provide high-quality, low-cost services to immigrants.
  • Improve and streamline immigrants’ ability to access existing social and legal services.
  • Be a source of timely and accurate information for both stakeholder groups and potential clients of immigration service providers.
  • Develop new funding sources for immigration service providers.

More about the Collaborative, including the Community Plan can be found at www.houstonimmigration.org.

Position Summary
Responsible for providing strategic leadership in building the capacity of Houston’s immigration legal services providers, including mentoring new organizations and their staff. Perform all duties in a manner consistent with the high standards of the nonprofit community. Work with the Executive Director and the Executive Committee to implement the HILSC Community Plan as well as continue to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.

Responsibilities

The description below is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. The position description is subject to change as the needs of HILSC and requirements of the position change. The expertise and areas of interest of successful candidates will also be considered.

The Legal Services Director reports to the Executive Director. In the absence of the Executive Director, the Legal Services Director reports to the chair of the Executive Committee

Organizational Development & Mentorship:

  • Build and maintain relationships with legal services member organizations.
  • Provide technical assistance and mentorship for organizations seeking to deliver immigrant legal services, particularly those without attorneys on staff whom are BIA Accredited or whom are seeking BIA Accreditation
  • Provide leadership on the Collaborative’s implementation of coordinated responses to changes inimmigration policy and law (e.g. DAPA/DACA).
  • Support implementation of Collaborative workshops and coordinated efforts to serve discreteimmigrant communities
  • Provide inspiration, motivation and incentive for members to achieve excellence for the community through collaboration, information sharing, and capacity-building initiatives.
  • Participate in appropriate local, regional, and national conferences, events and workshops which support the Collaborative’s growth and impact in the community.
  • Represent and serve as spokesperson for HILSC to the general public and non-profit community and provide leadership and a convening role in the community (in collaboration with the Executive Director).

Program Development:

  • Build and maintain knowledge about community and national issues and trends that impact the work of HILSC.
  •  Identify key legal issues that require HILSC’s attention and help the Executive Director to implement strategies with member organizations.
  • Assist the Executivee Director in setting the vision and strategic planning for HILSC

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Assist with HILSC membership process, including vetting new members.
  • Collect and maintain data and other information about HILSC legal services members.

Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experiential Qualifications:
Candidate should be a licensed attorney with experience practicing humanitarian immigration law (e.g. citizenship, deferred action, humanitarian visas, asylum, etc) and who has experience with:

  • Non-profit organizations and organizational best-practices.
  • The BIA’s Recognition & Accreditation program.
  • Areas of immigration law that are particularly urgent in Houston (e.g. DACA/DAPA, asylum law, etc).
  • Providing mentorship and/or coaching to individuals and/or organizations.
  • Being both “big-picture” and detail oriented.

A license to practice law (in good standing) in any state, or the District of Columbia is required. Spanish fluency is a plus.

Personal qualifications & knowledge:
The ideal candidate is an energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and professional image who is able to:

  • Relate to people at all levels of an organization.
  • Make sound judgments.
  • Read, analyze and interpret complex documents.
  • Respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Demonstrate principles of good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Facilitate collaborative success while promoting member agency work.
  • Maintain updated knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Be a systems-level thinker.

Other position details

  • This is a part-time, contract position, with possibility of moving to full-time.
  • Ideal start date is August 15, 2016.

To apply
Email a current resume and cover letter to kate@houstonimmigration.org by July 22, 2016.

Closing Date *: 
Friday, July 22, 2016

CARA Project Managing Attorney

Jun 7, 2016
Organization: 
CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project
City: 
Dilley
State: 
Texas

PROJECT SUMMARY: The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project is a collaboration of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association in response to the Obama Administration's ongoing persistence to preserve the flawed deterrence policy it began in June 2014. The Project provides limited legal representation and assistance to women detained with their children at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) and the Karnes Residential Center. The Managing Attorney position will focus on operations of the Project at STFRC which is co-managed by CLINIC, the Council, and AILA.

DURATION: 3 months with possibility of extension up to 6 months.

TARGET START DATE: June 2016. Housing is available.

POSITION SUMMARY: The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project seeks a contract Managing Attorney based in Dilley, TX to manage a team of full-time staff and volunteers, provide legal advice and representation to clients in accordance with the best practices and rules of conduct of the profession, provide on-the-ground guidance to the advocacy team for litigation efforts, and participate in regular program management and government liaison meetings. It should be noted that this position requires very long hours, sometimes up to 17 hours a day, and sometimes 7 days a week. The CARA organizational leadership determines the overall project objectives and available resources. The Managing Attorney plans and carries out deliverables, resolves most of the conflicts, coordinates work with others and interprets policy on own initiative. The Managing Attorney keeps the leadership informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications.

DELIVERABLES: The CARA Project, contract, Managing Attorney shall be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Works with OTG staff and CARA organizational partners to run on the ground operations of the project in Dilley, Texas.
  • Manages CARA Project OTG staff.
  • Liaises with government officials to raise issues that arise.
  • Oversees volunteer management and assesses volunteer skill each week to ensure best possible volunteer experience.
  • Communicates regularly with CARA organizational leadership.
  • Serves as face OTG of CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project to the public, including media.
  • Primary point of contact with support teams, including Bond Team and Request for Rehearing Team
  • Other functions necessary to ensure successful completion of the project.

BACKGROUND: The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project requires contract attorney to have the following:

  • Law Degree (J.D.)
  • Admission to practice law in any state and/or the District of Columbia
  • 5+ years immigration law practice experience
  • 2+ years of experience in supervising staff, students, or volunteers
  • Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (conversational, speaking and writing), required
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in managing pro bono programs, preferred.
  • Commitment to working long hours, sometimes up to 17 hours a day, and sometimes 7 days a week.

SUBMISSIONS: Qualified and interested individuals should submit resume, and desired salary, in confidence to CLINIC's Business Manager Fanette Jones at fjones@cliniclegal.org.

Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Immigration Attorney

Feb 9, 2016
Organization: 
Immigration Services | Catholic Charities Ft. Worth
City: 
Fort Worth
State: 
Texas

Are you proactive, detail oriented, and reliable?  Do you possess a strong sense of justice?  Do people come to you to tap into your ability of problem solving even the most technical and complicated issues?  Does methodical research - leading to solutions based on facts - excite you? Are you passionate about using your legal expertise to provide HOPE to people navigating challenging circumstances? If this sounds like you, keep reading.

 

Catholic Charities Ft. Worth is looking for a future-thinking, analytical professional to serve as Immigration Attorney in our Immigration Services Department. This role requires accuracy, focus, and factual-based decision making. 

For consideration, all applicants must apply and submit their resume and cover letter through the employment page on our website: www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org. Applicants must also complete a work traits survey via this link. Resumes received without being accompanied by a completed survey will not be considered.

 

What will you be doing?

The primary function of this position is to be responsible for providing legal interpretation for the program, focusing on complex immigration cases and handling the preparation and filing of waivers of inadmissibility. 

 

Responsibilities include

    • Conduct legal research to ensure compliance with immigration laws and regulations of own cases and to assist, as needed, in the cases of other staff.
    • Handle complex cases involving issues, such as dealing with consequences of criminal activities, preparation of waivers, appeals, and others. Coordinate non-complex cases as needed.
    • As resources are available, administer defense of aliens before the Immigration Court, the BIA and the US Courts of Appeals.
    • Aid in the identification and development of resources, such as volunteers and law school interns.
    • Support Department Director in ensuring that all case managers maintain competency in immigration law.  Develop and monitor training plan for program staff.
    • Assist Department Director to establish necessary procedures in order to provide exceptional client service. Determine and ensure availability of legal resources needed for effective service delivery and program operations.
    • Keep records sufficient for statistical reports required by funding sources, the agency, and/or government agencies.

 

Qualifications

    • Law degree from an American Bar Association accredited institution.  Licensed practicing attorney in the State of Texas.  Experience in immigration law preferred. 
    • Two years’ experience as a practicing attorney preferred.
    • Bilingual in Spanish required.

 

Work Hours and Location

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Evening and weekend hours occasionally required. This position is located at 249 W. Thornhill Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76115.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Catholic Charities Fort Worth offers a variety of benefits to our staff including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.  Our employees can participate in a retirement plan with a generous match.  A progressive paid leave plan allows you to earn more time off the longer you are employed and we provide paid time off for designated holidays.  We also offer flexible work schedules and a friendly, supportive environment.  This is a salaried position with a range of $49,000 - $52,000 based on skills and experience. 

 

About Us

At Catholic Charities Fort Worth, it is our mission to provide service to those in need, to advocate compassion and justice in the structures of society, and to call all people of good will to do the same. We have been entrusted with a 105 year legacy of doing good and we have set forth a bold goal of ending poverty in our community.  Become part of this amazing history and mission by joining an innovative group of dedicated professionals who are helping those in need in our community find new hope.

For more information on Catholic Charities Fort Worth, you can visit our website at: http://www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org/  

 

To Apply

Please visit our website: www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on “employment” to visit our career page. Select the job posting and click the "apply" button at the top right of the posting. Please complete all fields with relevant information requested. 

Due to the volume of responses, only qualified parties will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth is an equal opportunity employer.

Survey Link: https://ciims.cindexinc.com/job/3e533a

 

Closing Date *: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016

CARA Project Managing Attorney

Nov 19, 2015
Organization: 
CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project
City: 
Dilley
State: 
Texas

Cara Project Managing Attorney

(Temporary 3 month, with potential extension to 6-months)

 

Scope of Work

 

Project Summary:  The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project is a collaboration of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association in response to the Obama Administration's ongoing persistence to preserve the flawed deterrence policy it began in June 2014.  The Project provides limited legal representation and assistance to women detained with their children at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) and the Karnes Residential Center.  The Managing Attorney position will primarily focus on operations of the Project at STFRC.

 

Duration:  3 months with possibility of extension up to 6 months on month to month basis, after initial 3 month period.

 

Target Start Date:  January 1, 2016.  Housing is available.

 

Position Summary:  The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project seeks a contract Managing Attorney based in Dilley, TX to manage a team of full-time staff and volunteers, provide legal advice and representation to clients in accordance with the best practices and rules of conduct of the profession, provide on-the-ground guidance to the advocacy team for litigation efforts, and participate in regular program management and government liaison meetings.

 

The CARA organizational leadership determines the overall project objectives and available resources. The Managing Attorney plans and carries out deliverables, resolves most of the conflicts, coordinates work with others and interprets policy on own initiative. The Managing Attorney keeps the leadership informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications.

 

Deliverables:  The CARA Project, contract, Managing Attorney shall be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Works with OTG staff and CARA organizational partners to run on the ground operations of the project in Dilley, Texas.
  • Manages CARA Project OTG staff.
  • Liaises with government officials to raise issues that arise.
  • Oversees volunteer management and assesses volunteer skill each week to ensure best possible volunteer experience.
  • Communicates regularly with CARA organizational leadership.
  • Serves as face of CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project to the public.
  • Other functions necessary to ensure successful completion of the project.

 

Background:  The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project requires contract attorney to have the following:

  • Law Degree (J.D.)
  • Admission to practice law in any state and/or the District of Columbia
  • 5+ years  immigration law practice experience
  • 2+ years of experience in supervising staff, students, or volunteers
  • Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (conversational, speaking and writing), required
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in managing pro bono programs, preferred.

 

Submissions:  Qualified and interested individuals should submit resume, and desired salary, in confidence to CLINIC's Michelle Mendez at mmendez@cliniclegal.org and AILA's Reid Trautz at rtrautz@aila.org.

Closing Date *: 
Friday, January 1, 2016

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