Staff Attorney

December 8, 2017

Position Title: Staff Attorney
Reports To: Managing Attorney
Team: Immigration & Refugee-Miami Office
Status: Exempt

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. To help build and maintain a diverse team, CWS actively seeks candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, use of a guide or support animal, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please visit the link below to apply directly online to this position.

Primary Purpose:

To provide legal representation to clients in accordance with the terms of CWS contracts with the funding sources.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct intake interviews with clients; prepare clients for court appearances and/or USCIS interviews.
  • Ensure adequate representation for CWS clients at USCIS and EOIR, including but not limited to: Immigration Interviews, Asylum Hearings; Master Calendar Hearing; and submission of briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Ensure adequate review of immigration forms completed by the legal staff.
  • Negotiate with USCIS officers and Supervisors at local District Office or Service Centers to rectify problems faced by clients.
  • Draft supplemental statements, rebuttals to Notices of Intent to Deny and Requests for Evidence; prepare and file immigration applications and motions; prepare other ancillary immigration papers, including Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Properly manage client appointments and professional duties to ensure thorough and professional representation of client interests.
  • Conduct weekly file review to ensure that all case files are maintained appropriately as pertains to professional service delivery.
  • Supervise support staff personnel to ensure successful achievement of daily activities as they pertain to Staff Attorney duties.
  • Represent CWS/IRP at community based organization meetings, and various Task Force meetings, related to immigration issues.
  • Respond to requests for information posed by Miami Staff and other legal service providers, as appropriate.
  • Conduct legal research to support filed immigration applications.
  • Provide legal and programmatic information for the development of grant applications and new programs on behalf of IRP/Miami legal and immigration services.
  • Promote the CWS legal program through various media including newspaper, radio and television.  Coordinate and plan outreach activities to achieve program goals
  • Perform other related duties and special projects, as requested.


Education: Law degree with specialization in Immigration law.

Experience:  Experience with immigration representation and other areas of Immigration Law, including asylum representation.

Other Skills:
Ability to work cooperatively with other staff in a fast-paced work environment; membership in the Florida Bar preferred.  Spanish language fluency required.