The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice has openings for DV/Immigration Staff Attorney positions in the Family/DV Project of the Brooklyn and Queens Neighborhood Offices. The attorney must have at least three years' experience in immigration law. The Family/DV Project provides comprehensive direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in a broad range of civil matters, including orders of protection, divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property rights, disability, housing, public benefits, health, employment, and immigration. The DV/Immigration Staff Attorney is expected to represent clients in all five boroughs primarily in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, asylum applications, and T and U-visas, as well as representing clients in multiple venues, including Immigration Court, Supreme, Family, and the Integrated Domestic Violence courts. The attorney is required to work with Family/DV Project partners and community-based organizations in a citywide collaboration to provide reciprocal referrals, training, case consultation, clinics, outreach and joint community education on various issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will also be required to provide outreach to various off-site locations. The attorney will also actively participate in city- and statewide committees and task forces on immigration and DV issues.
* Represent clients in administrative hearings and city, state and federal court proceedings, and affirmative litigation, and advocate with local, state and federal agencies
* Train and engage in community outreach and education for individuals, local community-based organizations and advocates
* Conduct policy advocacy
* Coordinate and collaborate with other groups and organizations
* Work with pro bono lawyers
* Conduct off-site intake, including during evening and weekend hours
Brooklyn - Civil Practice Neighborhood Office
* Admission to the New York State Bar
* Three years' required experience with Immigration Law
* Experience working with survivors of domestic violence is desirable
* Excellent written and oral advocacy skills are required
* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team and manage a high volume of cases
* Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations
* Excellent organizational skills
* Ability to work with pro bono lawyers
* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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