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ICS is hiring: Staff Attorney – Removal Defense and General Immigration


DATE POSTED: February 24, 2020

OPEN: Staff Attorney – Removal Defense and General Immigration

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

JOB PURPOSE: This Staff Attorney will provide legal services on removal defense cases and will also provide legal services to individuals in a wide variety of immigration matters.



  • Provide direct representation to clients in removal proceedings in immigration court.
  • Perform client screening and intake. Duties include reviewing requests for assistance and providing initial client consultations to determine eligibility for relief.
  • 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.
  • Provide immigration advice. Duties include representing clients in cases including but not limited to Cancellation of Removal, VAWA cancelation of removal, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and humanitarian forms of relief such as U Visas, 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).
  • 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 CLE’s 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.



  • Graduate of U.S. ABA-accredited law school
  • Have passed a state bar exam and in good standing
  • At least one year’s experience practicing immigration law


  • Experience with removal cases
  • Extensive experience working with diverse cultures and underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma



  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish (a written and oral exam may be required)
  • Strong client communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills
  • Strong public presentation skills to a variety of audiences
  • Proficient legal research skills
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize work and take initiative
  • Ability to work independently
  • Basic computer skills (Word processing, email), and ability to write using proper grammar and spelling
  • Ability to multi-task and handle a demanding, varied case load


  • Familiarity with removal defense programs
  • 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. A valid Oregon driver’s license is required.


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 and a Union position.

REPORTS TO: Managing Attorney – General, Equity and Rural Services Programs


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. Please send to a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a current resume, contact information for 3 references, and a writing sample addressed to:

ICS Hiring Committee
Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)
519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610
Portland, OR 97205