Erie Neighborhood House (ENH), a social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a full-time Immigration Attorney with a minimum of 3 years of experience practicing before USCIS and EOIR. Reporting to the Director of Legal Services, the immigration attorney will provide immigration consultations and representation for individuals seeking asylum and relief from deportation proceedings.
Legal Services and Support
Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits at walk-in consultations;
Assist individuals with the completion of the appropriate applications for asylum and removal defense cases;
Explain relevant policies and case procedure to individuals;
Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure;
Advocate for clients before EOIR;
When needed, conduct community presentations in subjects such as “Know Your Rights,” DACA, Citizenship, etc. during nontraditional business hours;
Other legal services and support as the need arises.
Assist in case management of immigration applicants including but not limited to: maintaining client files, drafting cover letters, preparing application packets, reviewing case files;
Follow up on pending case work and maintain communication with clients via phone, email, or mail regarding missing documentation necessary for submission of application;
Assist in case management of immigration applicants at workshops and during office hours;
Respond to all phone calls and email inquiries on immigration issues in a timely manner.
Provide supervision and mentoring to paralegal;
Represent department at meetings, conferences, and/or legislative visits when necessary;
Participate in on-going immigration trainings and other professional development; and
Other duties as necessary.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Written and oral fluency in English/Spanish required;
At least 3 years’ experience representing individuals in immigration proceedings before EOIR;
Excellent organizational, oral, and written skills;
Solution-oriented mindset, with a willingness to take initiative while juggling several priorities;
Strong proofreading and detail-oriented research and writing skills;
Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects simultaneously and independently, often under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
Desire and ability to work independently, but also to perform in a team environment;
Ability to maintain confidentiality;
Ability to stay organized, manage a high volume workload, and work under strict deadlines;
Sensitivity to the needs and legal issues affecting people of diverse backgrounds;
Excellent professional judgment and interpersonal skills; ability to comfortably exercise calculated risks;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and case management software preferred;
Access to reliable transportation. Travel will be expected between various sites within Chicago city limits;
Required Saturday hours until 1pm; Mondays off.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and sensitivity to challenges of the immigrant community.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits Package
About Erie Neighborhood House
Erie Neighborhood House is a community service agency founded in 1870 that promotes a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources and collaborative action.