THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BATON ROUGE

CATHOLIC LIFE CENTER

JOB DESCRIPTION

  1. JOB TITLE:    STAFF ATTORNEY

DEPARTMENT:  Refugee & Immigration Services

PROGRAM:      Immigration Legal Services

SECRETARIAT: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

REPORTS TO:  Director

SUPERVISES:  Externs and volunteers

EMPLOYMENT GRADE:

  EXEMPT                 OR                     NON-EXEMPT

DATE APPROVED:                               DATE REVISED:

 

  1. GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Staff 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.  The Staff Attorney shall also provide non-representative legal orientation services to immigration detainees at the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, in rural north Louisiana.

 

Core Values of Staff:

  • Compassion: We treat others as our brothers and sisters. We are one human family regardless of our national, racial, ethnic, economic and theological backgrounds.
  • Teamwork: As employees of Catholic Charities, we act as members of one team to accomplish our mission.
  • Respect: We serve our clients and interact with our fellow employees, treating them with dignity and respect.
  • Integrity: We perform our work honestly to promote the highest trust and confidence in our services.
  • Customer Service: We strive to exceed the expectations in the level of services that are provided within the scope of our mission to our clients.
  • Justice: Our basic moral test is how the most vulnerable members of our community are faring and how we are serving them within our mission.

 

  1. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

 

  1. Education, Experience & Certifications:

a) Education:     J.D. from an accredited ABA institute

     

b) Experience:  Six (6) months to one (1) year of general immigration law practice experience – law school clinic work, externships, or other similar training may be counted towards the minimum requirement.

 

c) Certification/Licensure:           Admitted to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia, Louisiana license preferred.

 

  1. Other Qualifications:

•           Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency, other languages a plus but not necessary.

•           Working knowledge of Microsoft Office platform.

•           Ability to work with diverse population and needs and handle deadlines and other court demands as needed.

 

  1. Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to lift 5 to 20 lbs. occasionally for 5 to 30 minutes; the position requires the employee to walk, stoop, lift, bend, squat, kneel, climb, handle, talk, drive and see for 5 minutes to an entire work day of seven (7) hours depending on the task at hand and can occur on an occasional to frequent basis.  Sitting for five to six hours a day is expected for this position.
  • Travel by automobile is expected for a minimum of three (3) days monthly rotation in Jena, LA and depending on Court schedule, 3 days or more.
  • Occasional travel by plane may be required for continuing legal education and training purposes.
  • Standing for 2-4 hours a day may be required while facilitating the LOP at the LaSalle Detention Center.

 

  1. Working Environment:

The general physical environment or surroundings in which the job must be performed, shall be in a climate controlled indoor office.  Attention to detail, responding to client needs and being assertive with strong-willed persons are critical.

Also, at the LaSalle Detention Center the environment shall be an indoor windowless courtroom and entail interaction amongst a detained population.  Acute alertness and awareness of the environment is required.

  1. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES/PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:

 

  1. Essential Job Duty:    Direct Court and Federal Agency Representation

      Weight:  25%

 

        Standards:    Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney, the Staff Attorney shall represent clients before Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Immigration Courts in New Orleans and Oakdale, Louisiana and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”); the Staff Attorney shall work on VAWA, U visas and asylum cases among others types of matters related to immigration removal and family based petitions.

  1. Essential Job Duty:   Legal Orientation Program (“LOP”)

      Weight:        50%

 

Standards:    The Staff Attorney shall conduct group rights presentations at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana and individual orientations to detainees; the candidate shall assist and provide support to the Managing Attorney in terms of preparation of workshops to be conducted at LaSalle, 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.

  1. Essential Job Duty:    Community Outreach

      Weight:    25%

 

        Standards: The Staff Attorney shall be expected to engage with law enforcement and other non-profits which may provide legal services to the immigrant population within Louisiana and directly with the immigrant community regarding immigration subject matters and rights.

 

 

  1. APPROVALS:

 

 

_________________________________        _____________________________________       __________________

Signature                                                    Title (Director/Manager)                                      Date

 

 

_________________________________        _____________________________________       ___________________

Signature                                                    Title (Department Head)                                     Date

 

 

_________________________________        _____________________________________       ___________________

Signature                                                    Director of Human Resources                            Date

 

  1. This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all duties and responsibilities.  This job description is subject to change at management’s discretion.

 

EMPLOYEE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

 

I have received a copy of this job description and I acknowledge that I understand and will perform the duties of the job according to the standards set forth above. 

 

 

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Employee Signature                                                Employee Name Printed                                               Date