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Religious Immigration Services Attorney

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


POSITION: RIS Staff Attorney-Supervises a Paralegal

REPORTS TO: Managing Attorney, RIS

SECTION: Religious Immigration Services

STATUS: Exempt


Summary Description: The Staff Attorney has responsibility for providing direct legal immigration services to dioceses and religious institutes sponsoring foreign born religious workers; upholding a high level of legal responsibility in analyzing and applying complex immigration law and policy; developing, maintaining, and managing attorney client relationships; assisting the section to develop priorities and strategies to fulfill its mission; maintaining client data in LawLogix; supervising paralegal; and maintaining expertise on religious immigration law.

Primary Responsibilities:

Legal Representation

  • Represent approximately 150-175 individual cases before Department of Homeland Security and Department of State.
  • Provide accurate and comprehensive legal advice to dioceses and religious institutes on immigration options for individuals they are sponsoring and how immigration regulations impact the dioceses and religious institutes.
  • Provide accurate and comprehensive legal advice to foreign nationals for long-term planning on immigration status, nonimmigrant status, travel issues, permanent residence, and naturalization.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge and understanding of U.S. immigration law and be informed about changes in immigration regulations and policies.
  • Exercise independent legal judgment and discretion in clients work.
  • Prepare and provide strategic planning to dioceses and religious institutes to assist them in complying with immigration regulations.
  • Analyze complex legal issues with long-term implications.
  • Analyze individuals immigration documents and organizations qualifying documents.
  • Review clients immigration history and background.
  • Develop strategies tailored to individual cases which impact major life decisions.
  • Communicate and consult daily on immigration matters with clients and potential clients.
  • Respond daily to email, phone calls, faxes, etc. from clients.

Case Management

  • Manage cases from the initial non-immigrant stage through permanent residence and naturalization.
  • Maintain expertise in managing caseload through the Sections case management software, LawLogix.
  • Update LawLogix on a daily basis with case notes, reminders, call-ups, and new documents.
  • Regular review of all active files to ensure compliance with immigration law, current information and documents, and to determine immediate or future action.
  • Prepare monthly case reports for RIS Director.
  • Participate in weekly case management meetings.
  • Advise clients on record keeping and strategic planning for immigration purposes.
  • Maintain client confidentiality in providing dual representation for dioceses/religious communities and religious workers.


  • Work with CLINICs Advocacy Section to develop priorities and strategies for advocacy.
  • Provide Advocacy Section with compelling stories of religious worker cases.
  • Work with Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to assist with individual advocacy of specific cases.
  • Contact members of Congress on individual constituent cases.
  • Respond to government regulations affecting religious worker cases.

Supervisory Duties

  • Direct supervisor for RIS paralegal.
  • Provide guidance on case preparation, legal standards, ethical issues, and client communication.
  • Review leave requests. Granting or denying leave in accordance with CLINIC and/or section guidelines.
  • Performing yearly performance evaluation of paralegal with guidance on matters such as areas of improvement and professional development.
  • Review cases prepared by paralegal and provide feedback for improvement.

Training and Technical Assistance

  • Prepare and provide trainings for staff of dioceses and religious institutes, through seminars, workshops, and webinars.
  • Prepare and or contribute to a quarterly newsletter and pamphlets on religious immigration issues to inform clients on religious immigration issues.

Outreach and Development of Organizational Clients

  • Promote on-site and web-based consultations for religious institutes, dioceses and seminaries to review their policies and procedures on religious immigration cases and help them establish appropriate internal procedures regarding foreign-born religious workers.
  • As assigned, accept opportunities to speak at conferences held by religious institutes, dioceses and seminaries.
  • As assigned, writes articles and participates in seminars on religious immigration issues sponsored by other organizations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Juris Doctor Degree
  • One to three years of immigration law practice
  • Member in good standing of the Bar of the highest court in any State or the District of Columbia
  • In-depth knowledge of immigration law
  • Strong legal analytical skills
  • Able to successfully make recommendations that affect the entire Section and, on occasion, the entire organization
  • Ability to travel on occasion for trainings, site visits, and conferences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to multi-task and manage priorities
  • Experience using LawLogix or other online case management software
  • Strong organization skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and support the organizations mission, vision, value statements, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
  • Fulfill CLINICs expectations that all staff abide by the following Organization Behaviors
  • Serve with integrity
  • Develop innovative solutions
  • Promote learning for themselves, for their colleagues, and for our network
  • Cultivate constructive relationships
  • Model stewardship
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Exhibit leadership skills and initiative
  • Communicate effectively
  • Own your work
  • Teamwork and cooperation with colleagues
  • Resolves conflicts effectively and makes effective decisions

Work Environment:

  • This position may require extended periods of standing, sitting, as well as some repetitive movements, bending and repetitive lifting of significant weight.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key components and primary responsibilities.



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Posted: 2021-09-23 Expires: 2021-10-25

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