Immigration Case Manager, Immigration Clinic, Community Advocacy Office

University of Nevada, Las Vegas   Las Vegas, NV   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on March 14, 2024

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Immigration Case Manager, Immigration Clinic, Community Advocacy Office

ROLE of the POSITION

The UNLV Immigration Clinic seeks a case manager for its off-campus Community Advocacy Office in Las Vegas under the umbrella of the UNLV Immigration Clinic. The office provides free deportation defense primarily to unaccompanied children and immigrants in detention, as well as legal assistance to noncitizens at UNLV. The office manager will supervise the case manager. 

The Immigration Case Manager’s responsibilities will include:

  • Under the supervision of an attorney, preparing and submitting motions and evidentiary packets to immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and other federals courts;
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, preparing and submitting drafts of applications for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Deferral of Removal under the Convention Against Torture Act (CAT), Cancellation of Removal for LPR and Non LPR clients. As well as drafts of applications for affirmative applications with USCIS such as for Asylum, U-Visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Adjustment of Status, and more;
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, preparing and submitting pleadings to the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada;
  • Collecting and organizing all required documentation from clients for respective forms of relief;
  • Communicating with clients to provide them with frequent updates about their case by phone and/or in writing;
  • Maintaining the office’s case management system updated with client information and case activity;
  • Maintaining hard copies clients’ files;
  • Interpreting for any non-Spanish speaking attorney, and translating documents from Spanish to English and English to Spanish when and if necessary;
  • Notarizing documents and filing in person at Immigration Court when e-filing is not available;
  • Training of new staff, including but not limited to externs, interns, and/or volunteers;
  • Scheduling client meetings and calendaring court appearances, USCIS interviews, and deadlines;
  • Processing incoming mail, preparing outgoing mail, including letters, court filings, and USCIS applications;
  • Taking mailings to USPS and FedEx as needed and filing documents with the Immigration Court and other local courts, as needed.

PROFILE of the DEPARTMENT

The Community Advocacy Office was initially funded by appropriations by the Nevada Legislature and Clark County Commission in 2021, making it the first publicly funded immigrant legal defense office in the state. The Community Advocacy Office builds on the public service work of the UNLV Immigration Clinic, which has maintained a small team of legal fellows to provide limited free legal services to the public since 2014.

The UNLV Immigration Clinic offers law students real world experience providing pro bono deportation defense and is a community leader in protecting children and families in Nevada. It focuses on deportation defense, representing unaccompanied children fleeing violence and adults detained by ICE. It also houses the University Legal Services program, where one attorney provides general immigration assistance to UNLV students, certain family members, and limited UNLV staff. The UNLV Immigration Clinic is part of the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, which aims to offer students an integrated academic and practice-based educational experience, to teach them to be reflective practitioners and community-oriented professionals, to provide service to communities in need of legal assistance, and to improve the quality of access to legal systems in those communities. For more information, visit: https://law.unlv.edu/clinics/immigration.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, a state-supported law school, is the only law school in Nevada. The Law School offers day and evening JD programs to nearly 400 students, as well as an LL.M in Gaming Law and Regulation. The Law School is recognized nationally for its lawyering process program, the Saltman Center for Dispute Resolution, and its clinical programs. The Law School is a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff who work together, collegially, and respectfully, to maximize the potential of students and to fulfill the mission and aspirations of the Law School.

The UNLV Immigration Clinic has developed three main areas of legal practice:

  • Deportation defense for unaccompanied children;
  • Deportation defense for detained adults;
  • Immigration legal assistance to students, staff, and their families at UNLV.

The Community Advocacy Office expanded and improved these services by adding two experienced attorneys and an office manager, enabling the Clinic to help more of those in need in our community. With the establishment of the Community Advocacy Office, the UNLV Immigration Clinic seeks to build a durable institution to serve Southern Nevada.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge

  • Must have 1 to 3 years’ experience working in a law office, including direct interaction with clients.
  • Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, standard desktop software programs, file management, Google group suite of tools, shared calendars, online meetings and video conferencing, survey tools, and other technology-enabled productivity and communications tools.

Skills

  • Experience interfacing directly with vulnerable populations/clients, for example children or people in detention.
  • Fluency in Spanish, verbal and written required.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly and complete records, including client notes to file.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Abilities

  • Ability to self-start and work independently while also having the ability to work in a team setting under direction.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects and completing tasks and projects, prioritizing issues under deadline.
  • Ability to work professionally under pressure with a diverse team in a larger institutional setting.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge

  • Background in immigration legal practice and/or community service related to immigration.
  • Working knowledge of the immigration court system and USCIS, and different forms of immigration relief.
  • Working knowledge of the various Nevada courts, including Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County Justice Courts, local municipal courts, etc.
  • Experience with legal research, investigating facts, and drafting legal documents under an attorney’s supervision

Skills

  • Experience interfacing directly with immigration clients and people in immigration detention.
  • Experience working with Clio case management software.
  • Experience calendaring events, including court hearings and USCIS interviews, filing deadlines, etc.
  • Experience communicating professionally in English and Spanish.
  • Experience interpreting professionally, including in client interviews and with USCIS.

Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to community service.

Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment. 

COMMITMENT to DIVERSITY and CAMPUS VALUES

A successful candidate will support diversity, equity, and inclusiveness and contribute to a respectful, positive work environment. They will use our Campus Values to guide their decisions and actions and demonstrate our Rebel spirit.

SALARY

$55,000. Funding is secured for two years, from 2023 to 2025. Continued employment contingent upon availability of funding.

BENEFITS FOR LETTER OF APPOINTMENT FACULTY MEMBERS

HOW TO APPLY

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. References will not be contacted until the search chair notifies you in advance.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on March 22, 2024.

Materials should be addressed to Alissa Cooley Yonesawa, Managing Attorney and Martha Arellano, Office Manager, and must be submitted via Martha.Arellano@unlv.edu

PROFILE of the UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 30,000 students and more than 3,600 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 152,000 degrees, producing more than 130,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.

Here at UNLV, we have come together and created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. UNLV sits in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. The university has ranked in the top ten since the rankings debuted more than a decade ago. We continue to show our commitment to serving our wonderfully diverse population and building the future for Las Vegas and Nevada.

For more information, visit us online at: http://www.unlv.edu.

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