Staff Attorney (Housing/Immigration)

CASA

About the organization

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 low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their 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.

Duties

Direct Legal Work

Oversee and provide legal representation to CASA members in primarily housing and some immigration cases.
Provide brief legal services, including intake, advice and referrals, to CASA members in primarily housing and some immigration cases.
Oversee and provide legal orientation, counseling and education regarding a range of legal issues, including: poor housing conditions, illegal evictions, retaliation, race and national origin discrimination, consumer-rights violations, consumer-rights violations, immigration-related issues and other legal problems faced by members of the low-income immigrant community.

Strategic Work with Organizers

Support legal needs of the Organizing department, including by: providing legal consultations and direct representation to members of CASA organizing committees: responding to urgent situations such as impending evictions of CASA members or immigration raids; collaborating on achieving campaign objectives described below; and other support at needed.
Co-counsel with other legal services providers or pro-bono counsel to pursue impact litigation.
Engage in advocacy and community organizing efforts and campaigns for improved laws affecting members of the low-income immigrant community at local, state and federal level by drafting legislation, presenting testimony, organizing hearings and lobbying.

Outreach/Popular Education and Administrative Duties as necessary.

Qualifications

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE:

Admitted to practice law in MD or ability to be admitted immediately
Valid US Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Bilingual English/Spanish, strongly preferred
Strong communication skills
Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
Strong professional client management skills

Salary

Maximum $58,300

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send resume and cover letter via the ADP link provided.

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