Description:

A Law Firm Provides Free Legal Help in Non-Criminal Matters seeks a full-time Bilingual Immigration Attorney for our Justice For All Program (JFAP). This position will work closely with the other JFAP immigration attorneys and provide additional support to serve the needs of the immigrant community. JFAP serves the 18 westernmost North Carolina counties by providing direct legal assistance to eligible immigrants and their children, helping them secure legal immigration status and/or work authorization, and meet their basic needs. JFAP focuses primarily on humanitarian forms of immigration relief including U Visas, VAWA, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. This position will also work closely with the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Program (DSVPP). The position is based from any of our office locations in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton.

Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous staff member and a team-player, and a demonstrated commitment to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important. By ensuring that the lowest-income people in Western North Carolina have access to holistic services we will increase opportunities for positive outcomes at the individual and community levels.

Responsibilities:
  • Commitment to PLS' mission, values and vision.
  • Provide direct immigration legal services and representation to immigrants before USCIS, EOIR, BIA, District Court, and other administrative and judicial forums as necessary. (This may include representation, preparation for self-representation, obtaining continuances for assessment, and referring cases to other attorneys).
  • Conduct client interviews with a trauma-informed approach.
  • Document all work in Legal Server case management software.
  • Organize and conduct outreach and educational presentations.
  • Develop and maintain community relationships including other non-profit agencies, government officials, government employees, community leaders and others.
  • Travel within our service area and also to meetings or conferences in other parts of NC.
  • Adhere to program priorities and case handling policies, procedures, and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the law and disseminate information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.
  • Work with volunteers, including volunteer attorneys, on a regular basis.
  • Assist in fundraising in coordination with PLS Development Team.

Qualifications:
  • Licensed attorney in the United States (licensed in NC preferred but not required).
  • Immigration law experience preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities.
  • Demonstrated socio-economic and cultural sensitivity.
  • Willingness to regularly assist upset or ill people.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams and independently.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (verbal & written) required, with ability to interpret and translate from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
  • Possess a valid driver's license.