Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
July 3, 2018
Syracuse, New York
Full Time - Experienced
The Immigration Staff Attorney will:
50% Recruit, train and support pro bono volunteer involvement, including:
Engage pro bono attorneys and law students to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families, including coordinating:
several monthly advice and counsel clinics in the community
special legal consultation days during consulate visits or other community events, and
citizenship drives in coordination with the NYS Office for New Americans Centers;
Work to establish and maintain a panel of attorneys to take on asylum, VAWA, U and T visa cases;
25% Community education, outreach, regional meeting coordination, coordination
Educate the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy;
Assist in coordinating regional CNY Immigration Coalition meetings on a quarterly basis.
Engage in NYS Office for New Americans and New York Immigration Coalition related activities, including working closely and collaboratively with the immigration program at Hiscock Legal Aid Society, the staff of the Office for New Americans Center, and the New York Immigration Coalition.
25% Direct Representation, especially for cases that are conflicts for HLA or unable to be represented by HLA attorneys.
Provide screening and intake of client, especially walk-in clients in the office;
Provide brief legal advice and referrals to other legal aid providers, including HLA;
Prepare immigration applications; and
Represent clients in immigration court and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
It is expected that with regard to all aspects of this work the Staff Attorney will maintain thorough and detailed records of all activities, including client case files, outreach events, pro bono efforts, etc.
This position is funded through grants from the NYS Office for New Americans Legal Counsel and Liberty Defense Projects, in collaboration with Hiscock Legal Aid Society and the New York Immigration Coalition, as well as some private fundraising.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
3 or more years’ experience in immigration law, including experience with Asylum, VAWA and U/T visa applications.
A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist low-income immigrant clients
Experience with volunteer coordination and/or community organizing
Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
Proficiency in a second language such as Spanish, French or Arabic preferred
Must be currently admitted in New York or be admissible shortly after beginning employment.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (10 pages or less) and 3 professional references, preferably in .pdf format, to Samantha Aguam, Interim Assistant Director. To guarantee consideration for this position, please apply by close of business July 13, 2018; later applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary: DOE. Benefits package included. This job description is not an exclusive statement of the roles and responsibilities of the position. Other duties may be required.
OnVLP is an equal opportunity employer.
Diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
The mission of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. (OnVLP) is to provide access to justice through engaging the legal community in volunteer service to those in need. OnVLP collaborates with local legal and social service providers in the area to identify and address unmet needs. Our immigration program, in collaboration with Hiscock Legal Aid Society, serves a region covering 25 counties in Central New York.