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DVP Legal Specialist

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.


This position can be located anywhere in the continental United States

POSITION: Legal Specialist

REPORTS TO: Michelle N. Mendez, Defending Vulnerable Populations Program Director

SECTION: Defending Vulnerable Populations

STATUS: Exempt

Summary Description:

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) seeks a legal specialist to join the Defending Vulnerable Populations (DVP) Program. The legal specialist will coordinate the legal work of the Formerly Separated Families Project and the Motions to Reopen Project. The legal assistant will also assist the federal litigation team on an as needed basis.

Primary Responsibilities

Motions to Reopen Project (50%)

  • Manage referral entries from non-affiliates, affiliates and networks
  • Conduct intakes with potential new clients
  • Run conflict checks on new client intakes
  • File Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • Communicate with clients
  • Manage client files and data entry in Lawlab database
  • Draft client declarations in support of the motion to reopen
  • Assist with expert declaration drafting
  • Write first draft of notable cases to present to CLINICs External Relations Program
  • Redact and manage the motions to reopen brief bank

Formerly Separated Families Project (50%)

  • Manage case data entry within NRFAP Lawlab database, including hearing information from the EOIR hotline
  • Contact families separated by the Trump administration now living in the United States
  • Contact non-profit legal service providers and private attorneys to assess removal defense and SIJS representation capacity
  • Draft concise and compelling case summaries for pro or low bono case placement
  • Assist families with joining our Facebook group for separated families
  • Post pre-approved information on our family-facing Facebook group
  • Provide support on FOIA requests, humanitarian parole applications, Federal Torts Claims Act administrative filings, employment authorization applications, and pro se motions to change venue
  • Run conflict checks

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • College graduate
  • Speak and write Spanish fluently
  • Cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills
  • 5+ years immigration law practice experience with specialty in removal defense
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently and to direct projects
  • Desire to work collaboratively with the Defending Vulnerable Populations team and with outside partners


  • Demonstrate knowledge of and support the organizations mission, vision, value statements, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
  • Occasional travel may be required to attend CLINICs board of directors meetings, and other special events
  • Fulfill CLINICs expectations that all staff abide by the following Organization Behaviors
  1. Serve with integrity
  2. Develop innovative solutions
  3. Promote learning for themselves, for their colleagues, and for our network
  4. Cultivate constructive relationships
  5. Model stewardship
  6. Maintain a positive attitude
  7. Exhibit leadership skills and initiative
  8. Communicate effectively
  9. Own your work
  10. Teamwork and cooperation with colleagues
  11. Resolves conflicts effectively and makes effective decisions

Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Commitment

CLINIC considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family responsibilities, religion, age, disability, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. CLINIC also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. All interested individuals, regardless of background, are encouraged to apply.

We embrace and encourage our employees differences in race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Location: Anywhere within the continental United States.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement plan, and generous leave benefits. CLINIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, minorities, immigrants are encouraged to apply.


Posted: 2021-08-19 Expires: 2021-09-20

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