The Supervisory Attorney leads the immigration legal services of NIJFON that provides a variety of non-employment-based petitions. The depth of leadership of the legal services is detailed below. Generally, cases are sourced at our church-based clinics throughout Northern Illinois. In addition to general immigration cases sourced at our clinics, NIJFON partners with ICIRR (icirr.org) on the New Americans Initiative (NAI) and New Americans Campaign (NAC) in providing outreach, preparation, and legal services related to citizenship and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Immigration Legal Services
? Represent individuals in immigration and related cases before USCIS, EOIR, the BIA, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and other related entities.
? Ensure that legal and case management practices comply with the relevant principles and rules of professional responsibility for attorneys in the jurisdiction in which the attorney is licensed and practices. The attorney must also observe National JFON practice standards and policies. In addition, the attorney should be familiar with and observe the ABA Rules of Professional Responsibility and the Board of Immigration Appeals Regulations on Professional Ethics.
Operations and Staffing
? Oversees Administration of the Legal operations of the Agency
? Manage and supervise all paid legal staff; coordinate and run weekly attorney meetings; keep abreast of all developments in immigration law and convey/discuss updates with staff and volunteers
? Supervisor of Agency caseload of immigration cases; Manages own caseload commensurate with other duties Director needs to fulfill;
? Representation of clients before USCIS and Executive Office for Immigration Review and other related agencies;
? Review on regular basis caseloads of all legal staff; Determine, in consultation with ED, flow of new cases, including quantity and case type, into JFON in order to maintain caseload balance among attorneys; Legal staff must approve caseload
? Interface with ED and Board to carry out JFON’s mission and goals; Advise ED on all aspects of legal programmatic delivery;
? Develop plan for strategic direction of legal work;
? Supervise clinics and interface with clinic coordinators and volunteers, in conjunction with other legal staff;
? Train new attorneys and legal staff
? Engage with entire organization to create and improve work structures and workplaces;
? Ensure legal materials used by legal staff remains current;
? Assist ED and Board in preparation of reports necessary for grant requirements or grant proposals
? Ensure INSZOOM is used properly; interface with INSZOOM when problems arise or delegate as needed;
Community Representation and Advocacy
? Conduct outreach presentations on immigration legal issues (or supervise other staff in conducting the presentations) and meet with community stakeholders as needed
? Participate in meetings with other legal service providers and stakeholders in the area
The staff attorney should have a strong commitment to public interest legal service and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of newcomer immigrant communities. Justice for Our Neighbors is more than a legal service project. It is a faith-based ministry of service involving many diverse individuals, cultures and faiths who come together as people of faith to welcome newcomers to our community. As such, the staff attorney should have an appreciation of the spiritual principles of this work and an ability to work sensitively with numerous volunteers and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations and faiths.
Proficiency in other languages is a plus.
PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
? JD and license to practice law within any jurisdiction in the United States (Illinois preferred) are required.
? 3 years of immigration and nationality law and experience filing and preparing immigration forms and cases is required.
? Experience managing attorney caseload or coordinating caseload is required.
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes health insurance, leave, and allowance for other professional expenses.
This position is based in Chicago and requires some evening and weekend hours. Access to reliable transportation via car is necessary.
About Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors
Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors (NIJFON) welcomes immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. We are an independent non-profit 501c3 organization with strong connections to the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church and a national network of Justice for Our Neighbors. We are a small organization that started in Illinois in 2011 and currently have two immigration attorneys (including Supervisory), one paralegal, an executive director, and one part time staff.
The Justice for Our Neighbors Ministry program, founded in 1999 by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has served thousands of immigrants throughout the United States. The National JFON office supports dozens of JFON sites throughout the country. Additional information can be found at njfon.org.
We represent low-income immigrants throughout Northern Illinois, currently operating clinics in Aurora, Rockford, Chicago, Buffalo Grove and Crystal Lake. Please see our website nijfon.org.
It is the policy of NIJFON to recruit, employ, utilize, recompense, and promote our professional staff in a manner that does not... involve segregation or discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, or disability, including HIV status, or sexual orientation.
In addition, NIJFON complies with all governmental non-discrimination rules for its employment locations, including those for citizenship status, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status.