The Geraghty Clinical Fellow will represent low-income youth and parents in removal proceedings before the Chicago Immigration Court. The Fellow will represent clients, serve as a community liaison between the CFJC’s Immigration Law Project and community partners in the Chicagoland area, and assist in teaching and mentoring students in the clinical course associated with the Immigration Law Project.
Direct Client Representation:
Provide holistic direct legal services to youth and parents in removal proceedings before the Chicago Immigration Court. Represent youth and parents in bond-only proceedings before the Chicago Immigration Court.
Conduct client intakes and bond screenings
Interview clients and develop case theory and fact investigation plans
Maintain contact with clients and respond to questions and concerns, including identifying and referring clients to social service agencies
Conduct fact investigations, including identifying and interviewing lay and expert witnesses and obtaining documents from government agencies through FOIA
Conduct legal research and keep abreast of changing immigration laws and policies
Draft and file immigration applications before agencies of the Department of Homeland Security and prepare responses to requests for evidence, notices of intent to deny an application or revoke a benefit, and denials
Draft and file motions, briefs, memoranda of law, and other pleadings before the Chicago Immigration Court or other Department of Justice agencies
Appear before the Chicago Immigration Court for bond, status, and merits hearings
Appear before Department of Homeland Security agencies for client interviews
Communicate and negotiate with employees of the Department of Homeland Security to achieve case goals
Accompany clients to immigration check-ins and other interactions with the Department of Homeland Security
Manage case and project deadlines and maintain client contact information, case information, files, and correspondences
Community Partner Liaison:
Develop relationships with community organizations, legal service providers, and advocacy groups with the end goals of raising the Immigration Law Project’s profile and obtaining bond and case referrals
Cultivate and manage relationships with national and local immigrant legal service providers, community organizations, and advocacy groups
Manage case referrals from legal service providers and community partners
Attend meetings and serve as the Immigration Law Project’s liaison with national and local legal service providers, community organizations, and advocacy groups
Conduct and organize trainings, presentations, and other events providing information to partners and promoting the work of the Immigration Law Project
Assist in the instruction of students in the Immigration Law Clinic
Assist the professor with identifying guest speakers and readings for the seminar component of the Immigration Law Clinic class
Assist with supervision of student work, including participating in weekly team meetings and working with students to improve the quality of their work product
Perform other related duties as required or assigned
Assist with any conferences, media-related submissions, and community education presentations and events
Organize and lead student advocacy trips
Prepare compliance reports and other submissions for funders
J.D. or LL.M.
Completion of an immigration law clinic program at an accredited U.S. law school and at least one year of practice experience or at least one year of practice experience as an immigration law attorney in the U.S.
License to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction or be able to meet this qualification within six months of employment
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
Excellent project management skills - ability to identify priorities and manage multiple tasks and deadlines
Strong academic record or other indicia of high-performance ability
Illinois law license
At least one year of experience representing asylum seekers or unaccompanied children in removal
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience delivering presentations or teaching
Experience working with children or under-served communities
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 38841
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.