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Direct Services Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking applicants for a Direct Services Staff Attorney position to provide direct immigration legal services to immigrant communities in Georgia and the Southeast. The attorney will work with Advancing Justice - Atlanta to provide direct client representation before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and assist in Advancing Justice - Atlanta’s other immigration legal services, legal clinics, educational programming, and community outreach. This opportunity is geared towards an attorney with experience in immigration law.

Responsibilities

Provide direct legal services for clients including preparing applications and petitions for naturalization, family-based petitions, adjustments of status, DACA requests, and other submission to USCIS, and providing representation at interviews;
Independently manage a caseload of immigration cases, including regular client communication and updating client case-files and records;
Conduct intake interviews and consultations to assess potential clients’ immigration-related needs and identify and advise options available to achieve each client’s objectives;
Participate in regular Citizenship Clinics, Know Your Rights presentations, Family Preparedness workshops, and other legal programming, as well as community outreach and educational activities;
Participate in regular legal department and staff meetings;
Work on grant reports as needed;
Coordinate and support projects, meetings, events, and other organizational needs as they arise.

Qualifications:

A sincere desire to advocate for social change through direct legal services and work with immigrant communities to provide legal services, advice, and referrals to available resources;
JD from an accredited university;
Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as well as with clients’ family and community members;
Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage priorities;
Demonstrated ability to think creatively, take initiative, and problem solve;
Excellent analytical skills and organizational skills;
The ability to work effectively and respectfully to collaborate with and support the work of other lawyers and professional staff, diverse groups of community members and persons across the demographic and political spectrum;
The ability to work outside of business hours and attend evening and weekend events and meetings as needed;
Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu/Hindi, Arabic) is preferred;
Selection will be based on a variety of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, experience as an attorney or law student representing immigrants before federal immigration agencies, knowledge of immigration law and remedies, and whether the applicant has a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and community lawyering.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a writing sample (5-10 pages) to Meeta Dama at mdama@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed starting March 5, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

Legal Administrative Assistant

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a full time Legal Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the legal services and litigation departments. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta provides a range of free and low cost legal services to Georgia’s immigrant communities including detained immigrants through direct representation, legal clinics, and litigation. The Administrative Assistant plays an important role in each step of a client’s case and is supports the organization’s delivery of critical legal and immigration support programs.

The Direct Services Department provides representation in removal proceedings, applications for immigration benefits, and other immigration legal services to low-income refugees and immigrants and their families in matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR), and the Department of State (DOS).

The Litigation Department combines litigation with other strategies to expand legal protections for immigrants and refugees and other marginalized communities and to advocate against laws and policies that are unjust or oppressive. The Litigation Department focuses primarily on the areas of immigrant justice and voting rights and files cases in state and federal courts.

Under the supervision of the Director of Legal Services, in coordination with the Office Manager and Director of Litigation, the Legal Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the legal teams.

Responsibilities

Assisting with administrative tasks needed in immigration and impact litigation cases;
Providing support to Litigation Department with filing and serving pleadings;
Translating documents and interpreting, at hearing & interviews for clients;
Handling telephone and walk-in reception duties, including scheduling client appointments for members of the legal department;
Performing administrative duties, including maintaining records/filing systems and processing mail from clients, USCIS, FBI, ICE, etc.;
Providing logistics support to legal staff for meetings and conferences;
Managing and monitoring client data collection, client database and calendaring systems;
Monitoring inventory of office supplies;
Collecting payments from clients and maintain accounts for the Direct Services Department, according to established fiscal procedures;
Assisting various operational duties, including managing facilities;
Regularly using basic word processing software and Google Docs/Sheets;
Participating in outreach events to identify and communicate with prospective clients throughout the community;

Qualifications:

Strong written, phone, and in-person communication skills and the ability to work well with others;
Extreme attention to details;
Excellent organization skills with ability to prioritize tasks;
The ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and work independently;
Demonstrated experience handling multiple tasks, events, and deadlines simultaneously;
A sincere commitment to working on behalf of the indigent immigrant community;
Ability to work effectively and respectfully to collaborate with lawyers and other professional staff, diverse groups of community members and persons across the demographic and political spectrum;
Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu/Hindi, Arabic); and
Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance. This is a full-time, salaried, non-exempt position.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a short writing sample (2-5 pages) to Meeta Dama at mdama@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15 and the position will remain open until filled.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed,
ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.