This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the U.S. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking an experienced paralegal to join the firm’s Immigration Practice Group in Portland. Ideal candidates must be highly detail-orientated, exercise sound judgment and possess strong administrative, organizational and interpersonal skills while prioritizing and managing multiple assignments.
At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion and innovation.
Your contribution includes
Drafting appropriate forms and letters for visa applications and petitions, applications for permanent residence, appearances before the USCIS, labor certification applications, and other immigrant and non-immigrant related filings
Gathering appropriate evidence to support the proper filing
Maintaining computer databases for case management of immigration filings
Assembling application and petition packages and files with USCIS or other appropriate agency
Monitoring immigration related publications and web sites for news and trends and communicates findings to the practice group keeping important items in electronic files
Conducting research via internet and hard copy sources of information, keeping important items in electronic files
Preparing letters and e-Blasts to inform clients of relevant events in immigration law
Maintaining a library of immigration publications and text books
Providing general assistance to department attorney
Accurately and completely recording billable time spent and tasks performed in accordance with firm policy and client-imposed billing protocols; enter and release time promptly in compliance with the firm’s announced deadlines
Join us if you have
3+ years’ experience supporting immigration attorneys as a paralegal, required
College degree or completion of a paralegal program, strongly preferred
Knowledge of the basic business non-immigrant visas (H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, E-1, E-2, TN, B-1) as well as the basic employment based immigrant visa process (ETA9089, I-140, I-485)
Knowledge of the following is also desired: O1, EB-1, EB-5 visa process, the DOL online application systems (PERM and iCert) and Consular processing and DS-160 forms
Ability to read and write English; fluency in Chinese highly desired
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft business applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is essential
Familiarity with Immigration INSZoom or other immigration tracking software is a plus
Highly developed skills in time and task management with the ability to manage multiple priorities and respond to urgent requests with minimal supervision
Detail oriented and works with an extremely high degree of accuracy
Post-college level writing and oral communication skills
Ability to communicate effectively with firm members, clients, and other business contacts
Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm, composed manner
Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, service environment
Flexibility to work overtime if necessary
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with lawyers, clients and office personnel
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is Davis Wright Tremaine’s policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
Physical Requirements While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
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About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.