Summary Description: The Staff Attorney/Advocate has responsibility for providing technical assistance, conducting trainings (both in-person and virtual), and writing/updating articles and other resource materials on immigration program management (including Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation), substantive immigration law, and the ethical practice of law.

Primary Responsibilities:
Training and Technical Assistance
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of U.S. immigration law and practice relevant to the services provided by CLINIC's network of immigration legal services providers (“CLINIC affiliates”) and partner legal service providers (“LSPs”).
  • Remain up to date on immigration law, policy, and regulation changes.
  • Provide accurate and comprehensive advice, resources, and tools to CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs on immigration program management and ethical practice of law through CLINIC's Affiliate Support Form.
  • Work collaboratively with other CLINIC teams to address competency concerns and high-risk immigration legal services programs.
  • Provide accurate comprehensive legal advice to affiliates on substantive, case-specific questions through the Ask the Expert portal.
  • Consult with CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs on requests for assistance with DOJ Recognition and Accreditation. Guide CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs through the application process through reviewing and providing feedback on DOJ agency recognition and staff accreditation applications (both partial and full).
  • Develop, prepare, and present high-quality training on topics related to immigration program management, ethical practice of law, and substantive legal issues.
  • Work collaboratively with CLINIC's Field Engagement team as needed to:
    • determine topics for training and resources;
    • identify internal and external barriers that impede local program successes based on affiliate inquiries and feedback and creatively brainstorm solutions and make recommendations to programmatic challenges;
    • coordinate and collaborate on affiliate check-in calls, site visits, assessment reports, recommendations, and progress as well as on affiliate cohort sessions;
    • determine areas for continued excellence or improvement in providing training and technical assistance.
  • Maintain accurate records in CLINIC's data management system.

  • Assist in creating, disseminating, and updating written resource materials on immigration program management, the ethical practice of law, and substantive legal issues.
  • Support CLINIC's Advocacy section on select issues including analyzing and drafting comments to proposed regulations, changes in policy guidance and revisions to immigration forms.

Grant Implementation
Assist in implementation and management of grant-funded projects including maintaining accurate records, statistics, and data and providing information needed for funding applications and reports.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Juris Doctor Degree or DOJ Full or Partial Accreditation
  • At least three years of experience with non-profit immigration legal services program management; program evaluation/assessment; organizational/strategic planning; and substantive immigration practice.
  • Knowledge of immigration laws/policies/regulations; delivery of direct immigration legal services; resource development; best practices; and non-profit management
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to coordinate and manage special projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong training content development and public speaking skills
  • An uncompromising commitment to social justice
  • Ability to travel on occasion for trainings and conferences