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Immigration Attorney – Oakland Office 

About the Organization Catholic Charities East Bay is a nationally accredited, non-profit social services agency serving all who need our help in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. For 85 years, we have been providing innovative solutions to help people facing difficult and complex circumstances. We work with youth, children, and families to promote resilience, strengthen families, and pursue safety and justice.  

Area/Program Focus: Immigration Legal Services

Position Summary:

Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) works with youth, children and families to promote self- sufficiency, strengthen families and pursue safety and justice. The Immigration Legal Services Department has provided relief for immigrants and refugees for over 35 years. With a full staff of five attorneys, two Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives, paralegals, law students and support staff in Oakland, Concord, and Richmond, CCEB is one of the largest providers of immigration legal services for low income families in the East Bay.

This Immigration Attorney position has a special focus on the provision of legal representation to unaccompanied children (UUM) and families with young children from Central America currently residing in the East Bay. The attorney will focus primarily on Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U-Visa and T-Visa cases. The Immigration Attorney is also responsible for providing direct legal representation to clients in family based immigration, U-Visa and VAWA applications, DACA and naturalization cases.

The attorney supervises the work of paralegals and accredited representatives in representing clients. The attorney works with the legal program staff to provide guidance and assistance on cases; the attorney also provides community presentations on immigration law and immigrant rights. The attorney position will be primarily based in Oakland.

Reports to: Manager of Immigration Legal Services

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervision of paralegals and accredited representatives and participation in case rounds.

Overall Leadership:

  • Commitment to Mission and Organizational Sustainability: Model commitment to CCEB mission and planning for sustainable organizational future of service.
  • Collaboration: Work with other agency members to create and continually represent a unified leadership perspective.
  • Culture: With the other members of the Legal Services Team, ongoing work toward maintaining a results-oriented, learning organization culture to increase overall impact.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct legal services by meeting with clients, preparing applications for relief, drafting client declarations, and submitting cases to Executive Office of Immigration Review (“EOIR”) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)
  • Representing clients in immigration court hearings and administrative interviews before EOIR and USCIS
  • Attend trainings and courses to remain updated on immigration law and policy.
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date client information in database.
  • Assist with recruiting, training, and supervision of legal department volunteers.
  • Participate in workshops for the public and collaborative partners on basic pathways to citizenship, benefits eligibility, understanding individual rights, and other topics.
  • Collaborate with partners organizations to refer clients to legal and mental health services as appropriate

Success Metrics:

  • Assist Manager of Immigration Legal Services in working towards overall sustainability of CCEB
  • Provide accurate data collection for grant reporting and proposals
  • Collaborate with community partners, including school districts and non-profit legal services providers to identify UAC students within the East Bay and conduct a minimum of 120 legal consultations
  • Represent up to children in applications for legal status and/or removal proceedings relief may include U-Visa, T-Visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and Asylum.
  • Conduct at outreach events, including know-your-rights workshops and legal screening events to increase awareness of pathways to relief, legal rights and responsibilities, and enable access to legal resources

Position Requirements


  • Membership and good standing in the State Bar of California required
  • JD or LLM from ABA accredited law school
  • Advanced understanding of immigration and citizenship law and procedure, including family-based immigration, consular processing, waivers of grounds of inadmissibility, U Visa and VAWA, T visa, Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Unaccompanied Minors, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Naturalization, and DACA
  • Minimum of one year of direct immigration legal service experience including representing clients in the above subject areas before EOIR and USCIS
  • Experience supervising and managing paralegals, accredited representatives and/or law student interns, including training and working toward office goals
  • Competency to serve clients from a variety of cultures
  • Spanish and English language fluency
  • High level of independent judgment
  • High analytical abilities to spot issues and plan legal services for clients
  • Professional level skills using Word, Excel, and Acrobat. Proven ability to master legal database systems

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates a fundamental respect for the dignity of others. Works collegially and is a proven team builder. Inclined to coach and teach in order to improve knowledge and ability of others.
  • Understands and values quality improvement. Able to effectively address overlapping projects and deadlines. Adaptable and reliable in face of conflict, crisis, or changing priorities.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; valuing a diversity of perspectives and encouraging contributions by all team members.
  • Ability to be a team leader and a team member.
  • Ability to thrive in a flexible, fast-paced, accredited, and growth-oriented environment while maintaining a positive solution-oriented approach.
  • High analytical abilities to process large amounts of data from multiple sources. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines and coordinate the work of others.
  • Ability to network and interact internally and externally.
  • High level of oral, and written communication.


  • Community Liaison Yes
  • Impact on Organizational Goals Yes
  • Budget Responsibilities Fee collection
  • Supervisory Responsibilities Paralegals, Accredited Reps, Volunteers and Law Students
  • Training/Developing Staff Yes
  • Management of Program Assist Program Manager in implementing best practices

Physical Requirements: [Action and % of the day] Lifting 5%, Standing 5%, Sitting 85%, Bending 5%, Typing 60%, Seeing/Reading 30%, Hearing 20%, Speaking 50%

Necessary Forms of Communication:

  • Visual / Reading
  • Audio / Hearing
  • Oral / Speaking

Benefit Status: Benefits include Medical, Dental and Vision insurance; 403(b) Retirement Plan with employer contribution, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays (17 days in 2019); Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance, and Employee Assistance Program.

Overtime (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time Status: Regular full-time

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement Catholic Charities East Bay is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived age, marital or familial status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability including Acquired-Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), or military status, any other characteristic protected by law.  
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