Reports To: Managing Attorney
Team: Immigration & Refugee-Miami Office
Location: Miami, Florida
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.
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To provide legal representation to clients in accordance with the terms of CWS contracts with the funding sources. This position is responsible for case file reviews, court representation, and service provision.
- 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.
Ability to work cooperatively with other staff in a fast-paced work environment; membership in the Florida Bar preferred. Spanish language fluency required.