Position purpose: The Latin American Association (LAA) seeks a bilingual staff attorney to provide immigration legal services to lawful permanent residents eligible to naturalize and to provide direct legal services to applicants seeking family-based immigration services.
NOTE: The staff attorney will be based in the LAA's Atlanta office, but will be required to lead naturalization drives and workshops in and around its offices in Atlanta, Lawrenceville and Athens, GA. Because regular travel among program sites is required, candidates must have reliable transportation, insurance, a valid driver's license and a clean driving record.
Duties and responsibilities:
Interview and screen applicants for program eligibility
Collect and organize appropriate and relevant evidence in support of client applications
Review application packets completed by program paralegals
Prepare appropriate forms in a thorough manner
Research immigration law, statutory and case law, as required
Monitor changes in immigration laws as they affect clients
Prepare clients for and provide representation as USCIS interviews, as required
Supervise paralegal, administrative staff, law student interns and volunteers
Maintain accurate and orderly records and files
Maintain statistics of applications filed
Maintain and protect client confidentiality
Participate in community outreach programs, conduct presentations to key groups and organizations
Interface with other immigration advocates, attend meetings as assigned and represent the Immigration Legal Services Department as directed
Create reports, as required
Comply with all program, grant and department policies and procedures
Perform other related duties and tasks as necessary or as assigned.
Fluency in English AND Spanish is REQUIRED.
J.D. degree from an accredited law school required.
Member in good standing of a Bar of U.S. state.
Previous supervisory experience.
Minimum 2 years experience, with emphasis on family-based immigration.
Strong written and oral advocacy skills.
Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Sensitive to the needs of low-income and culturally diverse clients.
Previous experience working in a non-profit or pro bono setting or with a legal services organization.
Demonstrated dedication to working in a non-profit setting or in a pro bono capacity.
Applicant may be required to successfully pass a background check, including education verification, licensure verification, criminal history and DMV history, as a condition of employment.
About The Latin American Association
MISSION STATEMENT AND AGENCY OVERVIEW
The Latin American Association's mission is to empower Latinos to achieve their educational, social and economic aspirations. In collaboration with a network of nonprofit and other partners, the LAA offers Latinos a diverse and extensive range of evidence-based services and programs to help them integrate fully into the community. The organization's current strategic plan outlines five organizational goals that guide our mission-based programming and empower Latino families and individuals to lead self-sufficient lives: 1) The LAA will offer a continuum of high-quality programs and services that leads to self-sufficiency & well being for individuals and families, 2) The LAA will advocate on behalf of those we serve, 3) The LAA will be the “go to” place for all things related to Latino issues in the region, 4) The LAA will be a financially sustainable organization, with diversified support from the metro Atlanta community, and 5) the LAA will attract, retain, and engage high quality staff, board members, and volunteers in order to achieve our mission. Through our holistic approach to mission delivery, the LAA invests in clients and their fami...lies' future abilities to pursue educational attainment, employment, and other opportunities that lead to realizing their full potential. The LAA serves the Atlanta metro community and provides outreach centers in DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties located in neighborhoods with high concentrations of Latino residents. Our community presence ensures LAA's services remain easily accessible to the people we serve and remains sensitive to the issues they face.
Founded in 1972 to serve Atlanta's then emerging Latino population with transition and resettlement programs, such as employment and housing, the LAA has grown over the past 40 years with Atlanta's Latino community to become the region's leading agency representing Latino concerns and to act as a change agent for improved economic stability and quality of life. The Latino population in Georgia has nearly doubled over the past 10 years to a nearly 1 million people, according to the 2010 census. Latino immigrants often face a range of formidable challenges including low incomes, limited English proficiency, and limited work experience. In addition, basic systems in the U.S. can be daunting to navigate. The LAA offers comprehensive programs and services that provide the support, knowledge, tools, and resources to help Latinos overcome barriers and create life-changing experiences that ultimately strengthen the entire Atlanta community.
Emergency Assistance: The LAA provides rent/utility assistance, food, clothing, and other services for families in crisis or at risk of losing their homes. Case managers follow up with clients for up to 90 days and beyond and provide ongoing services and referrals to LAA and community resources
Immigration Legal Services: Affordable legal services for family-based immigration, removal defense, and a comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence
Employment Programs: Job search seminars, career counseling, resume and interview skills training, career opportunities and a job bank for all job seekers, and industry-specific job skills training for hard-to-employ individuals
Educational Programs: Progressing levels of English language instruction, computer classes, and parenting/anger management classes
Youth Academic Achievement Initiative: Year round academic program with after school/summer components to help close the Latino academic achievement gap, ensure high school graduation, and promote college access.