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Staff Attorney - Employment/Immigration

Company: CASA de Maryland Inc
Location: Hyattsville
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:CASA's mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors. A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations. This has no effect on salary or benefits.DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS:The legal program at CASA operates under the principles of Justice is the goal, law is a means. It's a marathon, not a sprint. We endeavor to find the most creative strategies to combat the abuses and injustices identified by our constituents. We value justice in the largest sense possible, not only individual legal solutions, but broad, transformative solutions created in combination with immigrant leaders, CASA organizers and other staff, other local and national organizations and direct service staff. We value our time and believe that though hard and sustained effort is often required, real rest is also necessary for creativity, stamina and "a life," however defined.POSITION SUMMARY:A CASA staff attorney is on the front line in defending the rights of immigrant members of our community. This position would focus on providing direct legal assistance to CASA members in employment cases, with a primary focus of defending members against wage theft. The position would also entail representing immigrants in both affirmative and defensive immigration cases, while supporting the overall efforts of CASA's various departments including community organizing, immigrant integration and others. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your legal skills, build power in the immigrant community, make a lasting difference in the region and to work with a dynamic group of paralegals, lawyers, organizers and social service staff in a friendly, fast-paced, bi-lingual and multi-cultural office. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:Direct Legal WorkOversee and provide legal representation in employment and other civil cases.Oversee and provide legal representation in immigration cases, including both affirmative applications and representation of clients in removal proceedings.Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling and education regarding a range of legal issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant community that CASA encounters.Provide referrals, brief legal services and direct representation in individual and collective cases. Support our Immigrant Integration Program through oversight of their citizenship application work and participation in regular citizenship clinics.Strategic Work with OrganizersSupport the legal needs of CASA's Community Organizing department, including through regular engagement with staff and community leaders, providing legal consultations to members, and advising on policy and campaign issues where necessary.Co-counsel with other legal services providers or pro-bono counsel to pursue impact litigation.Engage in advocacy and community organizing efforts and campaigns for improved laws affecting members of the low-income immigrant community at local, state and federal level by drafting legislation, presenting testimony, organizing hearings and lobbying.Outreach/Popular EducationEngage in education and outreach through "Know Your Rights" presentations.Design, edit and disseminate popular education materials related to immigration issues.In collaboration with partners, plan and implement "Train the Trainer" workshops in which organizers and workers are trained to reach out to others to inform them of their rights.Administrative WorkOn-going data entry and bi-weekly internal activity reports.Maintain contemporaneous and complete notes of all case-related activity in CASA's case management system (Salesforce).Annual planning process: developing and executing individual work plans, evaluating and providing feedback on plans as the year progresses.Meet deadlines established by supervisor and in Department and individual work-plan.Contribute creative ideas and engage meaningfully in discussions about ways to improve the legal program and CASA as an organization. Provide detailed report regarding work including case examples, case profiles, and statistics, including on deadline for press inquiries.Work to improve and grow relationships with private bar, non-profits and coalitions (local, regional and national) to leverage greater pro bono and other support.Identify clients to participate in public, organizing campaigns and to speak with media.EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE:Licensed to practice law in MD or ability to obtain admission to the Maryland Bar.Valid US Driver's License and a reliable vehicle.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:Bilingual English/Spanish.Strong communication skills.Strong commitment to CASA's mission of building power in working class and immigrant communities.Ability to work both independently and in a group setting.Ability to operate without direct supervision and travel regularly between different CASA locations.Strong professional client management skills.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, crawling and reaching objects. The employee will frequently be required to stand, lift, carry, push and pull objects.The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk, do repetitive motions, balance, stoop, kneel and crouch.When it comes to physical strength, the employee will be required to perform medium work.WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.ADA: CASA will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.OSHA: A Staff Attorney is not to handle any human body fluids, biological agents, laboratory chemicals, or be exposed to hazardous materials such as noise, asbestos, or carcinogens.This is a union position, represented in collective bargaining by a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Communication Workers of America, Local WBNG 32035 - Communication Workers of America (CWA). If you are offered and accept this position, you will be invited to become a member of the union. All bargaining unit positions require membership or agency fee payer status.CASA de Maryland, Inc. and CASA in Action do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender identity (if known), age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, marital status and national origin.This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Keywords: CASA de Maryland Inc, Silver Spring , Staff Attorney - Employment/Immigration, Other , Hyattsville, Maryland

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