Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) is a U.S. Department of Justice recognized program that provides and coordinates high quality legal representation on immigration matters in King and Skagit Counties. Catholic Immigration Legal Services has DOJ accredited representatives and a supervising attorney for immigration
The CILS Supervising Attorney’s primary duty is to represent clients in their immigration matters according to the priorities of the CILS program. Current priorities are citizenship, DACA clients, renewal of documents (green cards, employment), refugee and asylee applications for green cards, and family reunification.
The CILS Supervising Attorney will recruit, train, mentor, advise and supervise pro bono volunteer advocates including firm attorneys, general counsel, solo practitioners, law students, and fellows. The Supervising Attorney will keep CILS staff updated about changes in laws, procedures and policies relevant to immigrants, and will assist in developing legal strategies to address emerging issues. Duties include directed advocacy, program development, program representation with public and private stakeholders, limited teaching and speaking, community legal clinics, and outreach.
The CILS Supervising Attorney is the sole attorney on the staff of the CILS program, reporting to the CILS Program Manager. Supervision is of outside pro bono attorneys and advocates. The CILS Supervising Attorney works as a team member with the other CILS staff, who are not attorneys but are DOJ accredited representatives. CILS charges modest fees for its services, and to the greatest degree possible does not turn away clients with no income who cannot pay. The CILS Supervising Attorney will use the CCS Tenant Law Center’s Directing Attorney as a resource on legal and ethical matters, and will consult Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) in Washington, D.C., for guidance with immigration cases.
The position will require the lawyer to perform case work at CILS’ Seattle office, other sites, and in immigration and family courts. The position requires willingness and ability to travel throughout King County and Skagit County. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5 PM Monday - Friday. Additional evening or weekend hours may be required to meet court and program deadlines or client needs.