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Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities (Baton Rouge)

 

Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge traces its history back to the oldest Catholic Charities in the nation. It has existed as an integral part of the Diocese of Baton Rouge since the inception of the Diocese in 1964. Both the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge grew out of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and its Catholic Charities agency was the first in the U.S., established in the 1805. The Baton Rouge agency serves those most in need with an array of comprehensive programs that include direct assistance, disaster recovery, adoption, child-welfare services, and comprehensive supportive services for pregnant women, refugees, families in poverty, and ex-offenders. We are the area’s leading disaster recovery agency.

Catholic Charities Baton Rogue serves people of all faiths in Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupée, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana parishes. We’re a member agency of Capital Area United Way.

Position:
The Senior Attorney works to meet the needs of indigent immigrants for immigration services by providing direct representation and assistance in applying for immigration benefits and direct representation services for immigrants and their families facing immigration removal proceedings in Louisiana.  Such work also entails supervising the work product of Staff Attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives, including work conducted under the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Foundation for Louisiana Externship grant, and other funded cases as they arise. The Senior Attorney shall also provide non-representative legal orientation services to immigration detainees at the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) at various detention centers in Louisiana.

Responsibilities:

  • Represent clients before Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Immigration Courts in Winnfield, Jonesboro, and Basile, Louisiana and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)
  • Work on VAWA, U visas and asylum cases among others types of matters related to immigration removal and family-based petitions
  • Conduct group rights presentations at facilities in Louisiana and individual orientations to detainees
  • Prepare pro se workshops to be conducted at facilities, fulfill reporting requirements for funders, develop pro bono network inside and outside of Louisiana, identify potential cases for such pro bono participation, prepare materials for training pro bono counsel
  • Implement all necessary procedures for accepting, opening, managing and closing case files; quality control and case file maintenance
  • Assist on and, as needed, with training and mentoring of newer attorneys and interns and externs; and community outreach


Qualifications:

  • J.D. from an accredited ABA institute
  • Three (3) years of general immigration law practice experience but preferably in removal defense and family-petitions
  • Admitted to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia (Certification/Licensure in Louisiana preferred)
  • Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office platform
  • Ability to work with diverse population and needs and handle deadlines and other court demands as needed


How to Apply:
To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to hr@ccdiobr.org.