The ACLU seeks a full-time Legal Assistant in the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the ACLU of Wyoming, part of a National Chapter of the ACLU, based in Jackson, WY. All positions are remote until further notice. This is a two-year grant funded position.
In response to the need for expanded representation in the immigrant community to address both individual relief and systemic issues, the ACLU of Wyoming is initiating an Immigrants’ Rights Project. The Project has three primary objectives: (1) educate immigrant communities and the general public about immigrant rights; (2) identify systemic government abuses of power that the ACLU should challenge through advocacy or litigation; (3) represent immigrants in administrative proceedings and hold government agencies accountable to the rule of law.
Reporting to the Immigration Staff Attorney, the Legal Assistant will support the work of the Immigration Staff Attorney, including administrative duties, interfacing with clients, conducting research, and drafting correspondence.
- Communicate courteously and thoughtfully with clients in both English and Spanish
- Anticipate client needs and prepare ahead of time to be responsive to client questions and concerns
- Schedule appointments, hearings, and deadlines accurately, keeping attorney well-informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities
- Document all case activity with clear, concise case notes
- Manage legal intake under the instruction of the immigration staff attorney
- Draft, proofread, and file, by email, fax, and/or mail, correspondence and legal documents in English and Spanish
- Copy, scan, and file incoming case notices and correspondence
- Coordinate paperwork for attorney review and case preparation, including affidavits and documentary evidence
- Translate documents between English and Spanish as needed
- Research points of contact, procedures for evidence collection, filing requirements, and additional information as needed
- Contact local government agencies and other third parties and track follow-up tasks
- Work with immigration staff attorney to coordinate and schedule know-your-rights presentations and other community outreach
- Process mail, email, and voicemails efficiently
- Manage legal documents and client information in strict confidence
- Prioritize conflicting needs, handle matters proactively and expeditiously, effectively manage deadlines, and follow through on projects
- Make arrangements for attorney travel
- Additional duties as assigned
- Written and verbal fluency in English and Spanish
- Superior attention to detail and ability to execute tasks precisely and accurately
- Organized and able to work on multiple projects at the same time while meeting deadlines effectively
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to professionally represent the organization to clients, donors, and colleagues
- Computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Ability to work independently and maintain strict confidentiality
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
- Administrative work experience is preferred
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For 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
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