TEMPORARY IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY – FULL-TIME
Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA) is seeking a temporary attorney for a full-time position with the Immigration Law Project (ILP) based in its Minneapolis Office. This position allows for a hybrid work environment and will start as soon as possible after an offer is extended. The position is expected to be in place for 12 months.
As an equal opportunity employer, MMLA is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further our goal of equal justice for all. We are committed to a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace.
BACKGROUND: MMLA’s mission is to advocate for the legal rights of disadvantaged people to have safe, healthy, and independent lives in their communities. MMLA provides civil legal representation to clients with low incomes and seniors in 21 counties in central Minnesota, and to people with disabilities throughout the state. MMLA’s Minneapolis office primarily serves clients who reside in Hennepin and Anoka Counties. MMLA receives funding from a variety of public and private sources and enjoys strong support from the organized bar. The ILP provides legal representation to clients in a full range of immigration contexts including removal work, adjustment of status, applications for citizenship and VAWA-based cases including U and T visas. ILP works closely with other units within MMLA to provide holistic legal services.
- Apply the principles of MMLA’s Racial Justice Values Statement in all interactions.
- Provide full representation to individuals in immigration court in both detained and non-detained cases. This includes: preparing and submitting written pleadings, motions and appropriate applications for relief from removal; preparing clients, witnesses, and experts for individual hearings, and submitting appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, when appropriate
- Provide full representation to individuals in affirmative immigration cases. This includes: preparing and submitting applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service; maintaining contact with clients throughout representation; advise potential clients of their options or lack of options to apply for an immigration benefit; assess clients criminal records and advise them of the immigration consequences; prepare clients for interviews; and submit appeals when appropriate
- Conduct outreach to community and organizations within our service area on know your rights topics, our legal services, or other immigration related topics
- Assist ILP in grant proposals, reports, and data maintenance
- Maintain a docket with both court cases and benefits cases, analyze each case and resolve legal issues in a timely manner
- Maintain case and client information in compliance with MMLA protocols, grant requirements, and ethical obligations
- Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Minnesota, eligible for admission by reciprocity, or registered to take the July bar exam.
- Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the needs of low-income/vulnerable clients
- Demonstrated interest and ability to represent clients with complicated and traumatic histories
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office
- Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences
- Language proficiency in Spanish or Somali
- At least 2 years of immigration law experience
- Excellent analytical and written and verbal communication skills
- Legal training, knowledge of community resources, and experience with case management software
- Efficient, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task demanding workload
SALARY: $70,000 to $76, 364 per year, depending on experience. We operate on a 4.5-day workweek, ending at noon on Fridays.
APPLICATIONS: Submit cover letter and resume via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 2, 2023.
If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing an application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Ann Cofell at email@example.com.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.