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Staff Attorney - Fresno, California

Company: UFW Foundation
Location: fresno
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

About UFW Foundation:For 15 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers and their organizations across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards, hazard pay, and other worker protections. We engage constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty while also providing critical services. In fact, the UFW Foundation is the largest federally accredited immigration legal service provider in the state of California. The organization has staff in California, Washington, Arizona, Michigan, Washington D.C., and Georgia.SUMMARY:The Staff Attorney position will (1) provide affirmative immigration relief services; (2) provide representation of clients in deportation proceedings; (3) outreach at assigned community college campuses; and (4) work closely with other UFW Foundation programs to drive an organizing culture which influences systemic change. There are four(4) Staff Attorney positions, they will be located in one of the following locations: Northern Central Valley, Southern Central Valley, and Southern Central Coast. These are full-time exempt positions. The Staff Attorney will be a member of the purpose of the Community Colleges Immigration Services Project whose goal is to provide students, staff, and faculty free immigration legal services, including education and outreach services, on campus as well as through the UFW Foundations Teleconsulta services, (Telemedicine model for immigration consultations).The UFW Foundation seeks an individual with law practice experience or experience working with immigrant communities that can help the organization, in collaboration with the UFW Foundations various programs and departments, as well as its partners, to develop a service delivery model that will maximize the limited resources in rural communities and leverage relationships from urban centers.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:(This is not an exhaustive list) Provide services to community college students, staff, faculty, and their families with affirmative immigration applications, as well as removal defense cases; Assess immigration relief needs of community college students, staff, faculty and determindetermine eligibility for available immigration benefits, including but not limited to: naturalization, DACA renewal, employment authorization, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, and renewal of permanent resident card, asylum, and removal defense issues Assist at UFW Foundation led naturalization and DACA renewal group processing events; Assist with Know Your Rights presentations, education, and outreach activities, such as Know Your Rights presentations and other affirmative immigration relief information sessions; Attend all triage meetings as scheduled to screen for potential clients; Explain initial and/or appeal processes and timelines; Give clients a clear analysis on their cases, relief options, and next steps; Identify trends in Department of Homeland Services practices and community needs that will help inform advocacy efforts; Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to: naturalization, DACA renewal, employment authorization, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, and renewal of permanent resident card, asylum, and removal defense issues; Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to: asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and SIJS; Prepare and submit reports to program funders as assigned; Provide trainings and technical assistance to UFW Foundation staff, volunteers, and partner organizations; Regular travel to necessary court hearings, community colleges (as assigned), UFW Foundation service centers, and trainings; Review criminal dispositions and analyze immigration consequences; Support UFW Foundation member services department application workshops and other events, when possible; Work closely with Managing and Directing Attorneys to maximize case output; Work diligently to file cases; Support UFW Foundations fundraising goals; and Other tasks as needed.SUPERVISING RESPONSIBILITIES: May include supervision of fellows and interns; and Training and supervising of service providers, legal assistants, and others as they prepare for DOJ accreditation or renewal.MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: Bilingual, Spanish language; Licensed attorney in good standing; Detail oriented and strong writing skills; Supervisory experience a plus; Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills, and attitude; Ability to work both independently and under supervision; Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends; Ability to keep track of projects and deadlines, and communicate progress in real-time. Problem solving/analysis and results driven; Dedication to mission. A genuine interest in immigrant and farm worker rights. Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) attitude. The embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk-taking. Valid drivers license, access to an automobile, insurance, andwillingness to drive to off-site locations.PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:One to two years of affirmative immigration relief services. Previous experience working with the Latino community.ADDITIONAL AND/OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:None.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:Juris Doctor and three years or more of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) experience.CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:Licensed attorney in good standing.PHYSICAL DEMANDS: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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift, move, carry, push, or pull up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift, move, carry, push, or pull up to 25 pounds.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.The UFW Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity is more than a legal and moral obligation it is also a sound business practice to realize the potential of every individual. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all! In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunity to all individuals, employment decisions at the UFW Foundation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Except where required or permitted by law, employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicants or employees race, color, religion, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, or any characteristic protected by law.We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for farm worker and immigrant communities! The UFW Foundation believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. The UFW Foundation will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with qualified disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Persons of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, formerly incarcerated, persons 40 years old or older, and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions with the UFW Foundation.This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, counseling, discipline, termination, access to benefits and training. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.

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