JFON Dallas-Fort Worth seeks Staff Attorney

Justice for Our Neighbors Dallas-Fort Worth
North-Central Region
422 Church Street ▪ Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone 817-310-3820 ▪ FAX 817-310-3803 ▪ www.jfondfw.org
Showing hospitality to immigrants since 1999

 

Position Title: Staff Attorney

Reports To: JFON DFW Executive Director

Worksite: Grapevine, Texas

Organizational Description: Justice For Our Neighbors Dallas-Fort Worth (JFON DFW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that extends hospitality to low-income immigrants by providing free and affordable immigration legal services, providing education to the public, and engaging in advocacy with immigrants. JFON DFW is a regional affiliate of National Justice For Our Neighbors.

Responsibilities of the Position: The JFON DFW staff attorney provides direct immigration legal services to low-income clients, and trains and supervises support staff and volunteers who assist in providing those services. The attorney’s caseload may include petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U Visas, T Visas, Adjustment of Status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and others. The attorney also participates in efforts to raise community awareness, serves as a source of legal education for immigrants, and engages in immigrant rights advocacy.

Major Duties:

  • Oversee assigned caseload involving the legal needs of immigrant clients
  • Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON DFW intake clinics and assist eligible clients in preparing immigration petitions and applications
  • Provide representation for JFON DFW clients in Immigration Court and other federal, county and District courts and hearings as necessary
  • Develop a work plan and service priorities for working with JFON DFW clients
  • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for progress reports
  • Contribute to the public education and advocacy efforts carried out by JFON DFW
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Must have a J.D. and be admitted to a state bar, preferably the state of Texas
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal service is required
  • At least 1-2 years of non-profit work experience is preferred
  • General knowledge of immigration and nationality law is required, work experience in the field is strongly preferred
  • Working proficiency in both English and Spanish
  • Ability to work sensitively with people having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures and faiths

Benefits:

  • Salary: $44,000 to $52,000 with final offer dependent on experience
  • Health insurance, pension, vacation, sick leave and other benefits are provided
  • Funding provided for Continuing Legal Education, professional membership fees, travel expenses

Application:

  • Send resume and cover letter by email to Executive Director Dean Reed (dean@jfondfw.org).
  • Applications will be accepted until September 7th.

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