Catholic Charities Community Services of New York Staff Attorney - ICH  in New York City, United States


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Staff Attorney - ICH

Location: New York City, NY

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt

Classification: Professional

Department: Immigrant and Refugee Services Office: Immigration Legal Services

Reports to: Supervising Attorney – ICARE Special Projects Attorney

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes

Summary: The Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH) is a new program that will provide group and individual informational sessions, as well as referrals and self-help workshops, to indigent and unrepresented individuals in proceedings at the New York City Immigration Court. The ICH Staff Attorney will be responsible for developing and coordinating services through this program, as well as providing direct representation through other programs. Core services include: group and individual legal orientations; legal screenings and assessments; self-help workshops; direct supervision of law students; targeted referrals to other legal service providers; and representation before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and state courts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. In collaboration/consultation with the Immigration Legal Services director, the Supervising Attorney, the Special Projects Attorney, the Vera Institute of Justice and EOIR, develop, implement, and/or enhance the Immigration Court Helpdesk at 26 Federal Plaza.

  2. Coordinate and provide group information sessions (GIS), individual information sessions (IIS), self-help workshops (SHW) and referrals through ICH to indigent and unrepresented individuals in proceedings at the New York Immigration Court in coordination with EOIR, other New York area non-profit legal service providers, law school clinics, and other stakeholders.

  3. Provide direct representation to indigent immigrant New Yorkers, including representation before the USCIS and EOIR in cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), asylum, U visas, cancellation of removal and other relief, and representation in New York State courts to obtain orders necessary for SIJS.

  4. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with funders; state and local social service providers; and USCIS, EOIR, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including developing appropriate communication and information sharing with stakeholders;

  5. Comply with program reporting requirements, such as maintaining monthly statistics and case reports, and reporting to funders and stakeholders.

  6. Maintain and update electronic files in LawLogix, as well as physical case files.

  7. Train, supervise and coordinate law students, law interns, fellows and volunteers to assist with the provision of ICH services, as well as direct legal services.

  8. Provide in-house and outreach trainings, presentations, and workshops, as directed.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

The position requires willingness to travel to all five (5) boroughs, throughout the Archdiocese of New York, and in Long Island. Work days are generally Monday - Friday. Additional morning/evening/weekend hours may be required to meet court and/or program deadlines or client needs.

Working conditions and physical demands required:

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Travel at least 25% of the time using public transportation or vehicle, traverse city streets, occasionally ascend/descend stairs, and be exposed to outside weather conditions.

  • Remain stationary at a work station, in court/meetings, and use a computer at least 75% of the time.

  • Remain stationary and/or ambulate to instruct and monitor during trainings and presentations.

  • Carry a laptop to offsite work locations.


Education and/or experience required:

  • Juris Doctor.

  • At least three (3) years of experience in immigration law, representing clients in affirmative benefits applications to USCIS and in removal defense.

  • Admission to New York bar strongly preferred. Will consider applicants actively working towards admission in New York.

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:

  • Bilingual: Fluency in English and Spanish.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, and an ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative team environment.

  • Excellent organizational, project management and computer skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, particularly to immigration issues.

  • Experience supervising paralegals or other staff.