Staff Attorney
Houston, TX 
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Description
YMCA International Services is a unique branch of the Y of Greater Houston and seeks to meet the needs of Houston's significant refugee and immigrant communities. We provide comprehensive programs that focus on building human assets and fostering self-sufficiency. YMCA International Services seeks two immigration attorneys to provide high quality legal services to members of the Houston community.

Duties /Responsibilities

  • Provide legal screenings and intakes, advice and counseling, and direct legal representation to clients in immigration matters in detained or non-detained settings on an individual basis or in groups.
  • Direct representation includes representing clients before the Immigration Court, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), state courts (if applicable), and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and federal courts.
  • Manage a heavy caseload with complex immigration issues.
  • Ensure contract compliance, including submitting any necessary monthly reports and ensuring that data is entered accurately and timely as required.
  • Organize and maintain client files for reporting purposes.
  • Ensure that reports to funders are timely and accurately submitted.
  • Coordinate client services with case managers, supervising attorney, and legal interns.
  • Participate in regular peer, supervisor, funders and technical assistance providers to stay up-to-date with new legal and programmatic developments.
  • Collaborate with other agencies, stakeholders, and service providers to procure client services and network with like-minded organizations.
  • Monitor detention conditions and access to counsel issues.
  • The attorney may be appointed to represent mentally incompetent detained individuals through the National Qualified Representation Program.
  • Provide mentorship and trainings in order to recruit and train pro bono attorneys.
  • Perform all other duties as directed by Supervisor, including airport pickup of newly arrived refugees.

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The YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Females/ Minorities/ Veterans/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status.

Requirements

  • J.D. from ABA certified law school or international equivalent.
  • A current bar membership in good standing; Texas bar preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
  • Experience in immigration law is preferred. Law school experience will be considered.
  • Advanced legal research and writing skills.
  • Candidate must demonstratestrong communication skills, client-interviewing abilities, and an appreciation of multicultural experiences.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage time/resources; Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work well with others, to work under pressure and handle a large volume of consultations, clients, and data, and highly self-motivated.
  • Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of low-income, culturally diverse clients.
  • Texas Driver's License; clean driving record; own vehicle; applicable auto insurance. Candidate must be willing to commute to detention facilities 45 minutes to 1.5 hours away.
  • YMCA Leader certification (required within two years after hire).
  • Federal government clearance is required for this position.

 

Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
Open
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