CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:
CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working-class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors. A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations. This has no effect on salary or benefits. DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS:
Since its inception more than fifteen years ago, the CASA legal program has been at the forefront of creative strategies to combat the many injustices immigrants face in the state of Maryland and the Washington metro region. The strategies have included individual representation to recover more than a million dollars in unpaid wages; providing immigration screenings and direct legal assistance to more than 1,000 community members each year; fighting for liberation, back wages and legal status for victims of human trafficking; class action litigation to address disparate treatment of immigrant driver’s license applicants and to win justice for victims of the tragic Flower Branch Apartment explosion; impact litigation to fight for DACA and TPS beneficiaries; support to CASA’s vibrant community organizing and political action department to stop immigration enforcement abuses, anti-immigrant ordinances, anti-immigrant hate crimes.
The legal program at CASA operates under the principles of Justice is the goal, law is a means. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. We endeavor to find the most creative strategies to combat the abuses and injustices identified by our constituents. We value justice in the largest sense possible, not only individual legal solutions, but broad, transformative solutions created in combination with immigrant leaders, CASA organizers and other staff, other local and national organizations and direct service staff. We value our time and believe that though hard and sustained effort is often required, real rest is also necessary for creativity, stamina and “a life,” however defined. POSITION SUMMARY:
The supervising immigration attorney will be responsible for providing direct representation to CASA members in complex immigration cases, including representation in immigration court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), while helping to support the broader immigration efforts of CASA’s legal team. Under the leadership of the Senior Manager of Legal Services, the supervising immigration attorney will directly supervise CASA’s immigration staff attorney and other immigration team members, as assigned. In addition, the position will involve supervising the work of the CASA Immigrant Integration Program’s citizenship efforts in Maryland and Pennsylvania through regular participation in citizenship clinics and review of complex citizenship cases. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Direct Legal Work
- Oversee and provide legal representation in immigration cases, including both affirmative applications and representation of clients in removal proceedings, as well as potential appellate work in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and federal Circuit Courts.
- Under the supervision of CASA’s Senior Manager of Legal Services, support CASA’s immigration team, including the immigration staff attorney,immigration paralegals, and other staff as assigned, through regular engagement, case assistance and mentorship.
- Support our Immigrant Integration Program through oversight of their citizenship application work and participation in regular citizenship clinics.
- Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling and education regarding a range of immigration issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant communities that form CASA’s base.
- Provide referrals, brief legal services and direct representation in individual and collective cases.
Provide direct supervision to CASA immigration staff attorney and other immigration staff, including but not limited to:
Strategic Work with Organizers
- Conducting bi-weekly check-ins with the staff you support
- Managing all Human Resource related concerns of staff you support (including requests for leave, approval of timesheets, etc.)
- Regularly reviewing and offering feedback on the work product of staff you support
- Connecting staff to appropriate professional development and mentorship opportunities
- Co-counseling complex cases with staff you support, as appropriate
- Other management functions as defined by the Senior Manager of Legal Services
- Support the legal needs of CASA’s Community Organizing department, including through regular engagement with staff and community leaders, providing legal consultations to members, and advising on policy and campaign issues where necessary.
- Co-counsel with other legal services providers or pro-bono counsel to pursue impact litigation.
- Engage in advocacy and community organizing efforts and campaigns for improved laws affecting members of the low-income immigrant community at local, state and federal level by drafting legislation, presenting testimony, organizing hearings and lobbying.
- Identify clients to participate in public, organizing campaigns and to speak with media.
- Engage in education and outreach through “Know Your Rights” presentations, participation on panels and other means of public engagement.
- Design, edit and disseminate popular education materials related to immigration issues.
- In collaboration with partners, plan and implement “Train the Trainer” workshops in which organizers and workers are trained to reach out to others to inform them of their rights.
- Work to improve and grow relationships with private bar and other key partners to leverage greater pro bono support.
- On-going data entry and bi-weekly internal activity reports.
- Maintain contemporaneous and complete notes of all case-related activity in CASA’s case management system (Salesforce).
- Annual planning process: developing and executing individual work plans, evaluating and providing feedback on plans as the year progresses.
- Meet deadlines established by supervisor and in Department and individual work-plan.
- Contribute creative ideas and engage meaningfully in discussions about ways to improve the legal program and CASA as an organization.
- Provide detailed reports regarding work including case examples, case profiles, and statistics, including on deadline for press inquiries.
- Assist with the completion of regular reports to funders and other stakeholders.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Admitted to practice law and willing to sit for MD bar exam (if necessary).
- Valid US Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle.
- Bilingual English/Spanish.
- A minimum of 3-5 years of experience with immigration law, including significant removal defense work before the immigration court.
- Experience supervising staff and/or interns in a variety of types of immigration cases.
- Strong communication skills.
- Strong commitment to CASA’s mission of building power in working class and immigrant communities.
- Ability to work both independently and in a group setting.
- Ability to operate without direct supervision and travel regularly between different CASA locations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; lift, carry, reach push or pull objects; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; handling, feeling or grasping.
The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk. WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. When it comes to physical strength the employee will rarely perform heavy or medium work.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is rarely exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. ADA:
CASA will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. OSHA:
A Supervising Immigration Attorney is not to handle any human body fluids, biological agents, laboratory chemicals, or be exposed to hazardou materials such as noise, asbestos, or carcinogensCASA de Maryland, Inc. and CASA in Action do not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender identity age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, marital status and national origin.This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.