The Immigration Legal Services (ILS) program provides immigration legal services and fingerprinting services to low-income immigrants and refugees in the Rocky Mountain region. The primary focus of the Immigration Attorney position is to provide immigration legal consultations and direct representation on cases derived from consultations, referrals, or as assigned. This position also assists sponsors of unaccompanied minors in obtaining family reunification through fingerprinting services and completion of Family Reunification packets.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Consults with clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region one-on-one and in a clinic setting to determine legal options and eligibility for various forms of immigration benefits including, but not limited to, adjustment of status, naturalization, employment authorization, and family reunification.
- Handles ongoing representation of cases derived from consultations in compliance with grant requirements and under the direction of the Legal Services Director.
- Prepares applications and supporting documentation to be filed with United Stales Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Maintains accurate and complete case files.
- Advises, prepares, counsels, and represents clients in cases before United Slates Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for naturalization Interviews, and in limited cases, for adjustment of status interviews.
- Researches complex questions regarding U.S Immigration laws using INA and CFR.
- Organizes and leads regional case specific workshops, including volunteer recruitment and training.
- Supervises Utah program staff including but not limited to: the legal aide, paralegals/Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited Representatives, legal volunteers, and law student interns.
- Assists the Legal Services Director with program management and reporting.
- Serves as primary point of contact for the department in Utah.
- Conducts digital fingerprints, enters sponsors' information into the fingerprint database, and submits the completed information electronically.
- Counsels sponsors with completion of Family Reunification packets and other related forms.
- Assists in administrative office tasks.
- Organizes, schedules, monitors, and completes file audits.
- Effectively conducts public community outreach presentations on immigration issues.
- Serves as liaison with private bar, governmental agencies, and other non-profit organizations.
- Drafts reports, memos, and other business correspondence.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.
- Must be bilingual and able to read, write, and speak fluently in both Spanish and English.
- Excellent legal writing and oral communication skills
- Experience researching legal issues using CFR, INA, BIA case law, Circuit Court of Appeals decisions, and other governmental agency memorandum.
- Experience using Word, Excel, Email, etc.
- Ability to work with foreign nationals and possess cross cultural sensitivity.
- Ideal candidate will have demonstrated commitment to working in public interest in immigration or related areas.
- Must possess a valid Utah driver's license; have a reliable and consistently available vehicle; and be able to regularly travel throughout the agency's service area by way of interstate highways and primary and secondary roads, including those passing through the mountainous terrain within the state and region.
- Must carry automobile liability insurance at the level of 100,000/300,000/100.000.
- Demonstrates commitment to the Mission, Values and Vision of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; and Juris Doctorate Degree from American Bar Association-accredited law school. Active Bar Membership in good standing is required. One to two years Immigration Legal experience required.
This position may supervise up to (2) people.