Legal Representative (Immigration Attorney/BIA Accredited Representative)

Erie Neighborhood House, a social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a full-time Legal Representative. Reporting to the Supervising Attorney, the legal representative’s basic function is to provide immigration counseling and legal services to those interested in applying for an immigration benefit within Erie Neighborhood House’s Citizenship and Immigration Department.

Legal Services and Support

  • Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits at walk-in consultations at ENH and partner sites;
  • Assist individuals with the completion of the appropriate applications, namely citizenship and naturalization, DACA, family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, U-visa, and VAWA, with the potential of taking asylum and removal defense cases;\
  • Explain relevant policies and case procedure to individuals;
  • Provide legal oversight at workshops when applicable;
  • Train non-legal and/or legal workshop volunteers to complete applications when necessary;
  • Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure;
  • Advocate for clients before USCIS and immigration court;
  • Conduct community presentations in subjects such as “Know Your Rights,” DACA, Citizenship, etc.;
  • Other legal services and support as the need arises. 

Case Management

  • Assist in case management of immigration applicants including but not limited to: maintaining client files, drafting cover letters, preparing application packets, reviewing case files;
  • Follow up on pending case work and maintain communication with clients via phone, email, or mail regarding missing documentation necessary for submission of application;
  • Assist in case management of citizenship and immigration applicants at workshops and during office hours;
  • Respond to all phone calls and email inquiries on citizenship and immigration issues in a timely manner.

Administrative Support

  • Represent department at meetings, conferences, and/or legislative visits when necessary;
  • Provide workshop preparation prior to workshops and logistical support during citizenship and/or DACA workshops, when applicable;
  • Collaborate with other organizations and Erie partners on civic engagement and advocacy activities, i.e. trips to Springfield, rallies, press conferences, etc.;
  • Participate in on-going immigration trainings and other professional development;
  • Other duties as requested.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or J.D. required;
  • Written and oral fluency in English/Spanish required;
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in immigration legal services and/or previous Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative status at a non-profit organization;
  • Immigration court experience preferred;
  • Previous legal research experience preferred;
  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written skills;
  • Solution-oriented mindset, with a willingness to take initiative while juggling several priorities;
  • Strong proofreading and detail-oriented research and writing skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects simultaneously and independently, often under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
  • Desire and ability to work independently, but also to perform in a team environment;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to stay organized, manage a high volume workload, and work under strict deadlines;
  • Sensitivity to the needs and legal issues affecting people of diverse backgrounds;
  • Excellent professional judgment and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and case management software preferred;
  • Access to transportation and ability to work Saturdays required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and sensitivity to challenges of the immigrant community.

 

Erie Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Accredited by NAEYC & National Afterschool Association; recognized by Board of Appeals (BIA)*
United Way Member

 

The Basics

Department:

Citizenship and Immigration Services

Reports to:

Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services

Salary:

$40,000-$45,000; 40 hours/week

Open Date:

Immediately

To Apply


Please forward resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references by Friday, June 9, 2017, to:

Jane Lombardi, Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Email: jlombardi@eriehouse.org

and

Viviana Mendez, Supervising Attorney
Email: vmendez@eriehouse.org


Erie Neighborhood House
1347 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60642

NO TELEPHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

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