Job Title: Immigration Attorney or Experienced Accredited Representative
Reports to: Managing Attorney for Immigration Legal Services
Job Status: Full-time, Exempt
Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) serves the Houston Community by providing immigration services for people who come from all walks of life while treating them with dignity and respect. In fulfillment of MAM's mission and goals, the attorney/accredited representative helps individuals and families move up on the Stability Pathway by helping them gain permission to work and live in the United States allowing them to become self-sufficient.
MAM has outstanding benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, long-term disability, life insurance, paid time off, and retirement paid by our Association upon meeting eligibility requirements. MAM pays for membership to the American Immigration Lawyers Association. For those with active student loans, up to $6,000 annually in additional compensation may be available. This position may work remotely up to two days a week with supervisor approval provided it is in an environment which is professional for a virtual meeting. To qualify to work from home, and due to the sensitive and confidential work conducted by our Immigration team, the employee must have a private space available and the use of headphones or a headset.
MAM seeks an immigration attorney or experienced accredited representative to provide high quality legal services to low-income individuals and families seeking work authorization, legal permanent residency, and citizenship. This will include providing legal screenings, consultations, advice, and direct representation on a variety of cases including crime victim cases, citizenship, DACA renewals, adjustment of status and family petition cases. This position also provides services in the form of community outreach, legal education, and workshops.
·Provide legal screenings, consultations, advice, and counseling to potential clients regarding immigration matters
·Direct representation includes preparing and filing applications before USCIS, the Department of State, and the Board of Immigration Appeals; monitoring pending cases for adjudication; responding to request for evidence, and attending USCIS interviews when needed
·Conducts legal research and writing including correspondence, briefs, and motions
·Coordinator and presenter for MAM outreaches in the community including participation in HILSC (coalition) activities.
·Manage a significant caseload, deadlines, and other tasks simultaneously
·Reviews current case law, memorandums, and regulatory changes, consults with clients and staff about such changes
·Maintain client physical and electronic files according to program requirements, performs case management tasks, including calendar and file notes, invoicing, client database entries, correspondence, and case service statistics
·Consistently follows all record keeping policies, procedures, and standards to ensure that all client information is protected from unauthorized or unintended release
·Attend all staff meetings, program meetings and meetings with supervisor
·Attend professional development activities such as immigration-related conferences, meetings, and trainings
·Practice open and constructive communication with co-workers, supervisors, and clients, and contribute ideas or suggestions to help better the program
·Collaborate with other agencies, stakeholders, and service providers to procure client services and network with like-minded organizations
·Perform all duties as assigned by Managing Attorney
·Attorney must have a J.D. from an ABA certified law school and be licensed to practice in at least one state in the United States or are awaiting results.
·Experience in immigration law is preferred; law school experience will be considered.
·Accredited Representatives must have a minimum of 1 year of experience practicing immigration law as an accredited representative with a recognized organization.
·Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
·Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
·Demonstrate the ability to work with people from all walks of life and treat them with dignity and respect, to listen empathetically and provide options for relief.
·Flexibility to occasionally work in the evening to accommodate the scheduling needs of clients and/or to support or attend events on behalf of MAM
Provide their own reliable transportation with proof of valid driver’s license and Texas minimum requirements of auto insurance.
·Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance.
·Commitment to the MAM mission*
MAM provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
We follow CDC recommendations for masking and safe distancing. Employees who meet with clients or other employees have the availability of workstations and conference rooms that have plastic shields.
To Apply: Please complete our online job application, include a resume, and cover letter.