DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: This position is an “entry-level” position. (BILINGUAL SPANISH-ENGLISH). It is “entry-level” because it does not require “ANY” EOIR, USCIS or Federal immigration litigation. The role is also entry level because it does not require “ANY” past USCIS filing or preparation of immigration petitions. This role reports directly to the managing attorney of the office that houses the role. This position is a position that will be mentored and trained by the supervising attorney. In essence this position will assist the managing attorney in all aspects of her role.
Description of the Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate is bi-lingual, graduated from an accredited Law School and certified by at least one State to practice law. The candidate cannot have a criminal record or sanctions from any State Bar. The candidate needs to have a valid AZ drivers license and able to drive. The ideal candidate would be someone with an English Mayor, someone with past internship experience with any other firm including an immigration practice. This role needs a person that can listen to the client, that has experience with the immigrant community, that understands the political environment in the US as it pertains to immigration and understand the void that undocumented immigrants feel in the legal stage. We are looking of a person that values hard work, has worked hard and is willing to work harder and help our practice continue to service our community. This role requires someone who although does not have the technical and legal experience, has balanced deadlines, stress and life. This role needs a person that can follow direction, that thinks and questions but understands the value of experience. We need a person that can make mistakes, identifies the mistake and learns from it. The role is for someone who wants to learn, someone creative but with the writing and research skills to defend our clients everyday against the US government. The practice needs a strong individual that understands how to work in a TEAM. In fact this role prefers a candidate that has worked in teams before. We need a confident candidate mature enough to know that her/his paralegals already have more experience. The role needs an organized person that can coordinate efforts, processes, manages information and documents, directs people and will fulfil expectations and at the same time set boundaries. The role requires a dynamic person that can multitask but can maintain control of self and situation. The ideal candidate would also have a positive attitude and motivation to help our practice and client. This position is 100% interaction with people such as interviewing clients, arguing in court, coordinating efforts with paralegals or interacting with support and supervisory staff.
Description of Duties: This position will attend all initial Master hearings at EOIR Court, attend Continuance hearings at EOIR, Attend Master Hearings to go over pleadings on behalf of our clients, attend Prove-up Hearings, attend “deferred” hearings, attend “Bond” hearings at detention centers and local EOIR courts, attend and present some Individual hearings selected by supervising Attorney. This position is expected to prepare for every hearing they are assigned, the preparation includes, preparing Motions, reviewing forms, signing forms, making sure forms, briefs and any other document required by the court is filed timely, do the research required for their hearings, check research with Supervising Attorney, meet with clients before court, visit clients in Detention center, interview clients and family members. Maintain the file of the client organized and making sure the file is “updated” (Updated means: making sure all notices are in file and uploaded electronically, making sure paralegals and legal assistants are aware of next steps and that future due and court dates are in the calendar, making sure there is a contract and that the contract is current). This position is also responsible for “Follow up” appointments that the supervising attorney may assign, this role is requires to communicate clearly with clients during appointments and convey our legal strategy, next steps and/or explain reasons for document lists, questionnaires and process to file for their benefit. This role is also responsible for escalating issues to Supervising Attorney (Issues include: mistakes, problems with clients, government institutions, detention centers, staff or media). This position is required to report the everyday action or progress of their role to the supervising attorney (a summary of their tasks and next steps for the following day).
1. Bilingual (Spanish-English). Written and spoken.