Seeking bilingual Associate Attorney to join downtown Los Angeles boutique immigration law firm - Job position primarily entails the legal representation of children and families in affirmative and defensive cases before USCIS and U.S. Immigration Courts. The attorney will also assist with Special Immigrant Juvenile matters, and legal representation before Probate and Family Law Superior Courts, including but not limited to those in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside. The attorney will further be expected to handle consular processing cases, coordinating with the National Visa Center and U.S. Department of State. The attorney will interact with third parties, including mental health providers, law enforcement agencies, and government officials. On occasion, the attorney will meet with clients in immigration detention facilities and further represent them in bond or other hearings before the Immigration Court. This position may also involve the legal representation of Franco class clients, as necessary.
Qualifications - Entry level, 0-2 years, Juris Doctorate degree and active bar license (California required). Experience working with immigrants as well as a fundamental knowledge of immigration law and court procedures preferred. Must exhibit strong writing skills, excellent communication skills and client interviewing abilities as well as the ability to work under pressure. Must be fluent in Spanish, oral and written. Must be willing and able to travel to State Courts in and outside of L.A. County, as well as immigration detention centers and USCIS field offices.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive Salary/ DOE + Benefits (incl. medical insurance and retirement plan)
Lucas & Barba LLP is a boutique immigration law firm with a diverse practice area within the field of immigration law. Attorneys handle a busy caseload that includes:
• family-based immigration matters, ranging from relative visa petitions to complex waivers and consular processing;
• special immigrant visas such as those available to survivors of trafficking, domestic violence, serious crim...es and vulnerable children through Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U visa, T visa, and Special Immigrant Juvenile laws;
• other special forms of relief including humanitarian visas, Parole in Place for family members of military service men and women, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);
• removal defense specializing in representing detainees who suffer from mental health disabilities falling under the Franco v. Holder class action, and also concentrating on other detained and non-detained clients with claims for relief including but not limited to Cancellation of Removal and Asylum/Withholding of Removal/Convention Against Torture; and,
• naturalization matters.
Given the range of immigration practice areas, Lucas & Barba represents clients before all U.S. Department of Homeland Security agencies, the U.S. Department of State, and in U.S. Immigration Courts, as well as California State Probate and Family Courts in connection with Special Immigrant Juveniles in need of related assistance with guardianship and custody matters.