The Luminus Network for New Americans, formerly FIRN, is a DOJ recognized nonprofit that empowers immigrants and refugees by providing programs and direct services that help them access community resources and opportunities. The Managing Attorney is responsible for direct management of the legal services program, all staff in the department and a portfolio of cases that includes representation of cases before USCIS, EOIR, the BIA and ICE. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.
The Managing Attorney will contribute to Luminus’s growing legal unit with responsibility for day-to-day management of legal programs including intake and case selection process, case management, documentation, fee collection, and grant writing. The Managing Attorney will maintain immigration and relationship software, report on client outcomes, and monitor staff caseloads; will represent Luminus at legal conferences, provide public education, and serve as a liaison to other service providers; represents clients before USCIS; provides orientation and supervision to Luminus staff, BIA accredited representatives, and legal interns. The Managing Attorney is a member of the Luminus leadership team.
This individual will be expected to maintain outstanding client relations, have a strong working knowledge of immigration law and related issues, periodically educate the local community about immigration-related matters and Luminus’s services, and consult with the CEO and other staff counterparts as needed. Additionally, this individual will be expected to maintain an excellent working relationship with Luminus’s entire staff, collaborating with staff outside the legal team as needed to provide holistic support to Luminus’s clientele. This position will also serve to further Luminus’s reach in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Duties include (approx. 40%)
Implement policies and procedures for case management including intake procedures, case selection and assignment, quality control of legal work, and case file organization
Maintain a billing and fee collection system and serve as liaison with finance functions.
Collaborate with other Luminus programs to ensure clients have access to additional non-legal services
Research and identify grant opportunities and write grant proposals and reports
Maintain and strengthen software systems and monitor the status of electronic case files
Provide monthly reports on program outcomes, caseloads, and finances
Review cases for quality control assuring adequate documentation and legal sufficiency
Supervise and provide training opportunities for all legal staff
Relevant Direct Services (approx. 60%)
Screen individuals for relief and determine client eligibility or ineligibility for immigration benefits and counsel accordingly.
Offer case representation when appropriate, in accordance with the mission and priorities of the organization. Provide appropriate referrals when case representation is not possible.
Provide internal referrals to clients who present needs not related to immigration legal services.
Effectively represent and advocate for clients before USCIS, EOIR, the BIA and ICE with respect to Naturalization, Family Petitions, Adjustments of Status, Consular Processing, DACA, U-Visas, T-visas, Affirmative and Defensive Asylums, Stays of Removal and any other immigration service available that supports the mission of LUMINUS.
Represent clients in Immigration Court removal hearings and USCIS interviews.
Prepare and submit applications to USCIS, the Immigration Court, the BIA, ICE.
Prepare all necessary motions for deportation cases whenever applicable.
Maintain all required certifications and/or licenses.
Attend information and training sessions to remain up to date on current immigration law.
Network and build relationships with other community-based legal service providers in the area to support LUMINUS’s advocacy efforts.
Assist with implementation of funding from Montgomery County (MD) by engaging in Know Your Rights Presentations; representing some Montgomery County (MD) clients in removal; and networking and collaborating with Montgomery County government agencies and non-profits.
In addition to the skills above, the Managing Attorney should be creative and adaptive in meeting the needs of clients in today’s political and COVID19 environment, excelling in his/her role as a problem solver as he/she addresses the protection needs of the immigrants
Education and Experience Requirements
A Bachelor’s Degree and a Law Degree from an accredited law school with a license to practice law in at least one state required. Within one year of hire, required to pass the certification exam for admission to the Bar of Maryland.
3-5 years of experience practicing immigration law, including representation in immigration court required.
At least 3 years of supervisory or leadership experience required.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and database management.
Excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills.
Multi-lingual candidates preferred, with a preference for Spanish speakers
Must be able to travel to other locations for court, training and other business.
Compensation and Benefits The salary for this position is $75,000 per annum and includes a benefits package with health, dental, disability and life insurance, and a retirement plan. If you share Luminus’s vision and possess the necessary qualifications, please send a cover letter and a resume to email@example.com.
LUMINUS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing or service in the military.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits The salary for this position is $75,000 per annum and includes a benefits package with health, dental, disability and life insurance, and a retirement plan. If you share Luminus’s vision and possess the necessary qualifications, please send a cover letter and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internal Number: 051421-01
About Luminus Network, Inc.
Celebrating 40 years of serving the immigrant and foreign-born community with legal assistance, language translations and interpretations and one-on-one
information and referral assistance, FIRN, Inc.'s name changed to Luminus Network, Inc. The immigrant story is the American story. We envision a community that welcomes New American neighbors, values their culture, understands and addresses their needs, celebrates their achievements and elevates their voices. We serve 3,000 people annually with individuals from 90 countries.