Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington
  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Aug 15, 2019
Full time Legal

Job Description

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington seeks a full-time Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney for its Hogar Immigrant Services legal program. Hogar Immigrant Services offers a wide range of services at little or no cost to a vulnerable immigrant population, without regard to religious or ethnic identity. Our goal is for immigrants to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully as productive members of American society.

The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will develop and oversee Hogar’s pro bono legal services, leveraging the interest and skills of volunteer attorneys to provide additional legal representation in family-based and humanitarian immigration matters such as asylum cases, U or T visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, removal defense, and others. This includes recruiting pro bono attorney volunteers, assigning appropriate cases to pro bono attorneys, and providing guidance and mentorship to pro bono attorneys throughout the duration of each case. 

Additionally, the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will:

  • Conduct outreach and recruit potential pro bono attorney volunteers, in coordination with the Volunteer Coordinator for Newcomer Services
  • Design and present training materials for pro bono attorneys with varying levels of prior experience in immigration law
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date sample filings and other materials
  • Maintain pro bono client files
  • Provide technical assistance to pro bono attorneys throughout the duration of each case
  • Conduct client consultations, identify cases appropriate for pro bono representation, and maintain a small caseload of clients for direct representation
  • Participate as needed in agency and program-wide data collection, fundraising, training, and strategic planning
  • Participate on a periodic basis in day-long weekend naturalization workshops

Prerequisites for the Position:

  • Juris Doctor degree and admission to the bar of any state
  • Minimum of two years of experience practicing family-based and/or humanitarian immigration law; experience with removal defense preferred
  • Familiarity with private law firm and corporate pro bono culture
  • VA Bar preferred
  • Proficiency in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) preferred
  • Ability to both multitask and work independently to manage a substantial workload with deadline pressures
  • Competence in communicating and interacting with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds in a professional and compassionate manner, including interacting with individuals experiencing substantial levels of emotional, physical, financial, or other hardship
  • Ability to use basic Microsoft Office programs and online case management software
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Catholic Charities Hogar Immigrant Services

Physical Demands

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus


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