Lowenstein Sandler Roseland, NJ, United States
Lowenstein Sandler Law Firm is expanding, has a collaborative culture that encourages initiative and provides outstanding client service at all times. The Firm is committed to career development and offers programs that address both personal and professional development goals. We are seeking a candidate who has demonstrated drive, dedication, professionalism and a positive attitude. The Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest seeks a part-time Pro Bono Immigration Coordinator to work closely with Center leadership and attorney-paralegal teams throughout the firm to support our growing pro bono immigration practice. We represent individuals (often children) seeking asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and other forms of immigration relief. This role will require providing administrative support to attorneys, including case management and assisting with the preparation and filing of immigration petitions/applications and other legal submissions (pleadings, motions, briefs) in immigration courts, asylum offices, and state and federal courts. Prior experience in immigration law and/or providing litigation support is strongly preferred. The position will also require significant client communication by email, phone, and in-person. Candidate must be bilingual in English and Spanish (speak, read, and write), and able to assist with translation and interpretation. Essential Job Requirements: • Creating and maintaining a database of the firm’s pro bono immigration docket, including filing deadlines, status updates, referral sources, and volunteer attorney names; • Working closely with supervising attorneys in the Center to monitor the deadlines in the immigration docket and ensure that cases are moving forward; • Assisting with the preparation of immigration petitions/applications, motions, briefs, and other legal submissions for immigration courts, asylum offices, and state and federal courts; • Assisting with cite-checking, blue-booking, and the creation of tables of contents and authorities; • Communicating with the courts and agencies and performing other case management-related tasks; • Learning the court rules and filing procedures for all agencies and courts where our cases are pending; • Being a primary point-of-contact for our immigration clients, many of whom are children, and communicating with clients by letter/email, phone, and in-person; • Preparing for client meetings, including scheduling and coordinating logistics such as car service, translation of documents (personally or using a service), reserving meeting space, providing clients with directions, ordering food and beverage service; • For Spanish-speaking clients, attending meetings as an interpreter and translating documents; • Attending hearings and accompanying clients to appointments related to immigration proceedings; • Working with clients to compile necessary supporting documentation and identification. The Ideal Candidate: • Undergraduate degree preferred; • Fluency in Spanish (speak, read, and write) and ability to translate and interpret required; • Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma, strongly preferred; • A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; • Ability to work collaboratively; • Experience in data management; • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to multitask and retain information when working with attorneys and Center staff, and the ability to establish a good rapport with clients; • Prior experience in immigration law and/or providing litigation support is strongly preferred. Office Location: Roseland, NJ Schedule: Flexible half time, Monday – Friday with frequent meetings in the evening and occasional weekends. Amount of Travel Required: 10-20% to relevant meetings, hearings, and court appearances in New Jersey and New York, in addition to travel to clients’ homes as needed to obtain signatures, discuss outcomes, etc. Disclaimers: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities required by employee. Lowenstein Sandler LLP is not accepting resumes from search firms for this position. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms are to be deemed the sole property of Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Lowenstein Sandler LLP as a result of the referral. Lowenstein Sandler LLP is an equal opportunity employer.