Staff Attorney

Position ID:



New York, NY

FLSA Status:

Full Time, Exempt








Immigrant & Refugee Services


Immigration Legal Services

Reports to:

Director of Immigrant Services



Supervisory Responsibilities:




Summary: Will carry a caseload consisting of complex immigration and removal defense cases.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Screening, advising, and representing individuals, detained and non-detained, facing removal proceedings or other immigration-related federal litigation matters, including, but not limited to: cancellation of removal, asylum, bond hearings, SIJ, BIA appeals (and federal appeals practice under supervision and upon approval), etc.
  • Counseling and representing individuals in more specialized and complex immigration applications including, but not limited to: SIJ petitions, VAWA petitions, U and T visa applications, deferred action, inadmissibility waivers, etc.
  • Advice and counsel to migration counselors in general immigrant and non-immigrant status matters, including, but not limited to: family reunification (adjustment of status), visa extension and change of status, religious worker, naturalization, green card extension, travel/advance parole, special adjustment relief (NACARA, HRIFA, Cuban Adjustment Act), etc.
  • Representation, as needed, in cases of migration counselors;
  • Participating in special initiatives, such as the Immigration Court Helpdesk, if necessary.
  • Providing in-house and outreach trainings, presentations and workshops, as directed.
  • Maintaining and updating case files and case management database.
  • Compiling monthly statistics and reports.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position that will require the lawyer to perform case work at CCCS’ office and to appear in immigration and family court. The position requires willingness to travel to all five (5) boroughs. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday. Additional evening/weekend hours may be required to meet court and/or program deadlines or client needs.

Working conditions and physical demands required:

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Travel at least 10% of the time using public transportation or vehicle, traverse city streets, occasionally ascend/descend stairs, and be exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • Remain stationary at a work station, in court/meetings, and use a computer at least 80% of the time.
  • Remain stationary and/or ambulate to instruct and monitor during trainings and presentations.
  • Carry a laptop to offsite work locations.


Education and/or experience required:

  • Juris Doctor.
  • Some experience in immigration law, representing clients in affirmative benefits applications to USCIS or in removal defense, strongly preferred.
  • Admission to NY Bar; will consider law graduates and attorneys working towards admission to the NY Bar.

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:

  • Bilingual in English and a second language preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast‐paced environment.
  • Ability and experience working with diverse individuals and communities.

Job Summary

Staff Attorney

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant past experience and qualifications, and state their position of interest and desired compensation. Submissions without this information will not be considered.

Please send resume and cover letter to: