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ICS is Hiring! Portland Staff Attorney


OPEN: Immigration Counseling Service Staff Attorney Position – Portland, OR Office

 Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) provides affordable immigration legal services and free public educational forums in Oregon.

JOB TITLE: Staff Attorney

 JOB PURPOSE: The Staff Attorney provides legal services to individuals in a wide variety of immigration matters.



  • Perform client screening and intake. Duties include reviewing requests for assistance, and providing initial client consultations to determine eligibility for relief.
  • Provide immigration advice. . Duties include representing clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cases including but not limited to: humanitarian forms of relief such as U Visas, VAWA self-petitions, T Visas, and asylum as well as other forms of relief including Adjustment of Status, family-based petitions, waivers, consular processing, DACA, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • Develop and litigate cases. Duties include performing legal research, establishing case strategy, drafting and filing petitions and applications, accompanying clients to interviews, and litigating cases in immigration court.
  • Communicate with clients. Duties include following up with clients through texts, telephone calls and letters.
  • Collaborate with fellow legal workers and support staff to ensure that cases are processed properly and that clients are satisfied with services.
  • Stay updated on legal trends and changes in immigration law, policy, and processes including but not limited to attending CLEs and participating in educational forums such as online webinars.


  • Participate in and represent ICS at community meetings
  • Conduct trainings for legal service providers, community partners, and law students.
  • Conduct community outreach such as Know Your Rights presentations.
  • Provide legal services to unaccompanied minors as needed or required by the program.



  • Graduate of U.S. ABA-accredited law school
  • Have passed a state bar exam


  • At least one year of experience practicing exclusively immigration law



  • Strong client communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills
  • Proficient legal research skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize work and take initiative
  • Basic computer skills (Word processing, email), and ability to write using proper grammar and spelling
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to multi-task and handle a demanding, varied case load


  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish a plus
  • Experience working with victims of crime and trauma and an ability to deal with highly sensitive, confidential matters
  • Ability to conduct public legal presentations


 The position may require occasional driving of a motor vehicle, which requires a valid Oregon driver’s license.


May require evening or weekend work; working with challenging clients; driving to centers where clients are located; may spend up to 7 hours per day using a computer (sit or stand), including keyboard and mouse, and using telephone; occasional lifting boxes of files or packages weighing up to 25 pounds.

 This is an EXEMPT position

REPORTS TO:   ICS Executive Director


This is a Union Position.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience. ICS offers an excellent benefit package.

ICS is an equal opportunity employer: ICS does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, family relationship, marital status, veteran status, military service, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law.

Any employee who needs accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job should communicate with the Executive Director. We will work with an employee to evaluate whether there is a reasonable accommodation that does not pose an undue hardship on the organization. Any proposed accommodation that creates an undue hardship on the organization, that does not allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, or that poses a serious safety risk to others that cannot be mitigated, is not a reasonable accommodation.

HOW TO APPLY:   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is hired. Please send to a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a current resume, contact information for 3 references, and a short writing sample addressed to:

ICS Hiring Committee

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)

519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610

Portland, OR 97205

If you have previously applied for a staff attorney position at ICS within the past three months and are interested in this position, you do not need to send in another application packet, but you must send an email to indicating your interest in this current position in order to be considered.