Immigration Attorney

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Job location
2840 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Erie Neighborhood House
Street address: 
1347 W. Erie Street
City: 
Chicago
State: 
Illinois
ZIP: 
60642
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
Legal Services and Support
•Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits at walk-in consultations at LSNA, 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, 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 EOIR;
•Conduct community presentations in subjects such as “Know Your Rights,” DACA, Citizenship, etc. during nontraditional business hours;
•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; and
•Other duties as requested.

Requirements: 

•JD required;
•Written and oral fluency in English/Spanish required;
•At least 2 years’ experience working in immigration legal services, immigration court experience strongly 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; ability to comfortably exercise calculated risks;
•Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and case management software preferred;
•Access to reliable transportation. Travel will be expected between ENH and LSNA locations on a weekly basis;
•Required Saturday hours until 1pm and one evening during the work week; Mondays off.
•Demonstrated commitment to social justice and sensitivity to challenges of the immigrant community.

To apply: 

Please forward resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references by September 1, 2019 to:

Gloria Razo, MSW
Staff Development Manager | Human Resources
Erie Neighborhood House
1701 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60642 send via
Email: [email protected]

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer ACCREDITED BY NAEYC & NATIONAL AFTERSCHOOL ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UNITED WAY MEMBER
Salary range: 
$50,000 - $55,000
Submission deadline: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019