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CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS
CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and working class families in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia, they are separate organizations, each with its own board of directors. A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations. This has no effect on salary or benefits.
The Legal Department at CASA operates under the principles of Justice is the goal, law is a means. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. We endeavor to find the most creative strategies to combat the abuses and injustices identified by our constituents. We value justice in the largest sense possible, not only one person at a time legal solutions, but broad, transformative solutions created in combination with immigrant leaders, CASA organizers and other staff, other local and national organizations and direct service staff. We value our time and believe that though hard and sustained effort is often required, real rest is also necessary for creativity, stamina and “a life,” however defined.
The Supervising Immigration Attorney will be responsible for providing direct representation to CASA’s members in immigration cases, including representation in immigration court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), while helping to support the broader immigration efforts of CASA’s Legal Department. Under the leadership of the Legal Director, the Supervising Immigration Attorney will directly supervise CASA’s Maryland-based immigration staff attorneys and other immigration team members, as assigned. In addition, the position will involve supervising the work of the CASA Immigrant Integration Program’s citizenship efforts through regular participation in citizenship clinics and review of complex citizenship cases.
A FEW ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Direct Legal Work
- Oversee and provide legal representation in immigration cases, including both affirmative applications and representation of clients in removal proceedings, as well as potential appellate work in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and federal Circuit Courts.
- Under the supervision of CASA’s Legal Director, support CASA’s immigration team, including the staff attorneys, paralegals, and other staff as assigned, through regular engagement, case assistance and mentorship.
Provide direct supervision to CASA staff attorneys and other legal staff, including but not limited to:
- Conducting bi-weekly check-ins with the staff you support.
- Managing all Human Resource related concerns of staff you support (including requests for leave, approval of timesheets, etc.).
Strategic Work with Organizers
- Support the legal needs of CASA’s Community Organizing department, including through regular engagement with staff and community leaders, providing legal consultations to members, and advising on policy and campaign issues where necessary.
- Co-counsel with other legal services providers or pro-bono counsel to pursue impact litigation.
- Engage in education and outreach through “Know Your Rights” presentations, workshops and clinics, participation on panels and other means of public engagement.
- Design, edit and disseminate popular education materials related to immigration and employment issues.
- On-going data entry, data verification, and internal activity reports.
- Maintain contemporaneous and complete notes of all case-related activity in CASA’s case management systems.
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