Temporary Supervising Immigration Attorney

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Job Short Description:
The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for a Temporary Supervising Attorney to provide interim supervision to DVP’s immigration legal team, which includes four attorneys. The Supervising Immigration Attorney is also the task manager of the three immigration legal advocates who work directly underneath the Director of Client Services. This is a temporary assignment to cover a parental leave. The ideal candidate will begin work in late May or early June 2018 for an approximate three to four month term. We seek candidates able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week to the position The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of NYC’s most vulnerable citizens. The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire an immigration attorney to work with and on behalf of victims of domestic violence. DVP’s mission is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers and advocates provide legal representation in NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Our immigration team works with survivors of domestic violence within a legal-psychosocial framework to provide legal representation and advocacy on immigration matters including U and T visas, SIJS, adjustment of status, VAWA Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, naturalization and removal defense.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
Desired Qualifications: • Admission to practice and at least five years of relevant immigration law experience is required; • Experience with a wide range of humanitarian matters in both affirmative and defensive contexts is strongly preferred; • Experience in a supervisory role is preferred; and • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, or related forms of abuse is strongly preferred.
Primary responsibilities: • Provide substantive guidance to DVP’s immigration attorneys and advocates on a wide range of humanitarian immigration matters, including removal defense cases; • Participate in regularly scheduled, in-person meetings with individual staff members to review client intakes and discuss ongoing case work; • Oversee the distribution of case assignments to staff; • Review case-related materials and attorney work product and provide constructive feedback; and, • Maintain regular communication with all members of the immigration team and take direction from DVP’s senior management team. • Assist Senior Management team in ensuring that grant deliverables are met and case files adequately maintained by staff attorneys.
How to Apply:
Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send a resume and brief statement of interest by e-mail only (no hard copies please) with the subject line “Temporary Supervising Attorney” to Joy Ziegeweid at jziegeweid@urbanjustice.org.
UJC Description:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.