This full-time position is responsible for recruiting, training, coordinating, and facilitating the work of Pro Bono Attorneys who serve eligible CCEOK clients. This position will prepare cases for submission and represent clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS), Department of State, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and Board of Immigration Appeals.
Catholic Charities is the lead agency in resettling 800 Afghans in the Tulsa area. The initial focus of this position will be assisting these parolees in seeking asylum through engaging the private bar.
As a ministerial representative of CCEOK it is expected that both professional and social behavior be aligned with the ethical and moral standards of the Catholic Church.
Pray daily for the needs of the poor; opportunities include personal prayer, daily mass, and/or adoration.
Primarily responsible for the coordination of and all administrative tasks related to the program's Pro Bono Attorney Project. Responsibilities include recruitment, training and mentoring of pro bono volunteer attorneys.
Develop and implement systems for tracking and mentoring cases
Responsible for assigning work to Pro Bono Attorneys and ensuring the work is performed in an efficient, prompt, professional and accurate manner and provides guidance, when necessary.
Track and monitor volunteer related CCEOK activities.
Responsible for collecting, updating and submitting routine and ad-hoc reports as necessary.
Function as a Staff Attorney and represents CCEOK clients in court as well as at various regulatory and other legal forums.
Manage a caseload under the supervision of the Managing Attorney (15% of responsibilities)
Provide direct representation to clients in the area of asylum law and coordinate all aspects of the client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, appearing with clients at USCIS interviews and court hearings, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies.
Interview and screen clients to assess eligibility for Pro Bono services, prepare applications, petitions, motions and supporting documentation for submission to USCIS, EOIR, BIA and federal court
Responsible for case management database maintenance, documentation and record keeping of client cases and other reporting requirements
Comply with agency, departmental and accreditation guidelines
Work cooperatively with other agency staff, referral sources and community resources to obtain and coordinate services for clients
Other duties as assigned
Comply with policies and procedures that creates a safe and secure environment, aligned with the standards of the Child and Youth Protection Charter
Admittance to the Bar of any state required, Oklahoma Bar preferred
3-5 years as a practicing immigration law attorney
The mission of Catholic Charities is to be Christ's merciful love to those who suffer.
Our mission is carried out by Catholic people and others in fraternal goodwill pooling their resources to reach out and assist those in need. In so doing, Catholic Charities is the primary instrument of the Church in carrying out the works of mercy.
As a conduit of Christ's love in providing works of charity for all people - those who receive and those who need to give - we will continually assess the needs of the whole person - material as well as spiritual, gather the necessary resources and assure the provision of programs accessible to those served.