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Senior Attorney (Family Visa Program)

Job Details

San Felipe - Houston, TX
Graduate Degree


Catholic Charities is looking for the right people; people who wish to serve their community as a part of a family friendly organization doing good within the Houston-Galveston area. We attract and retain the best talent by investing in our employees. People of all faiths helping people in need.


Join our team as The Senior Attorney in the Family Visa Program! The Senior Attorney is a member of supervisory team of Cabrini Center who helps set strategic priorities and formulate policies and procedures for the whole program. She or he is responsible for supervising a legal team in the provision of immigration legal services to clients served by St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance. Legal services include community outreach and legal education, legal workshops, legal intake, legal research and individual legal representation. The Senior Attorney is expected to have and develop expertise in the immigration law as well as stay up-to-date on immigration law and policies and to provide supervision, guidance and mentorship to attorneys, pro bono counsels, paralegals and/or law student interns. The Senior Attorney will contribute to identifying issues for impact advocacy and litigation to be undertaken by Cabrini Center and/or other partners to advance immigrant rights and to make systemic changes. 

The Expertise We Are Looking For

The Expertise We’re Looking For


  • You have a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from an ABA accredited law school

  • You have a licensed to practice law in the State of Texas; or

  • You have an active license from another U.S. jurisdiction and be eligible to waive into the State Bar of Texas within 12 months of hire

  • You have two (2) years of experience in broad range of Immigration Law

  • You have one (1) year of experience in a leadership role

  • You are Bilingual in English and Spanish



The Skills and Assets You Bring, and More


  • You have excellent legal research and writing skills

  • You have excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills

  • You have ability to handle a high-volume caseload, multiple deadlines, and other tasks simultaneously

  • You are intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • You have experience working with immigrant community an asset

  • You demonstrate multi-cultural understanding and experience



What you Deliver


  • You will Provide direct representation to immigrant clients before the USCIS, Asylum Office or Immigration Court on a range of immigration matters. Direct representation encompasses the following tasks: conduct legal intake and screening; interview clients, affiants, witness, experts, case managers, and others who can provide information or statement in furtherance of the principal client’s immigration matters; draft, prepare and assemble relevant immigration petitions; conduct legal research; write memoranda of law, motions or briefs in support of applications and petitions filed before USCIS, Asylum Office, State, Immigration and Federal Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, Administrative Appeals Office, EOIR and other immigration agencies; prepare client for interviews and court hearings.

  • You will Maintain client physical and electronic files according to program requirements, including case notes, correspondence, filings, calendars, and dockets. Maintain a case status list and case service statistics for Cabrini Center and program funders. Participate in case reviews with attorney staff and support staff, and/or Managing Attorney/Legal Director, as applicable.

  • You will conduct unit/team and individual meetings with staff regularly. Attendance and participation in mandatory unit and Cabrini staff meetings, and other agency meetings. Participate on calls and meetings organized by funders, city-wide advocacy groups, local service providers and national support centers when appropriate and helpful.

  • You will comply with all contract requirements. Provide, compile, and analyze data and statistical information for grant, contract and other reporting purposes. Provide accurate and timely monthly data, time logs, and reports for internal use, funder use, and other entity use. Participate in trainings, meetings, calls, etc. as required by funders or to serve program needs.

  • You will participate in charlas by presenting and performing legal consultations. Participate in program and agency community legal education and outreach efforts, particularly as they relate to issues of immigration law, providing direct information to prospective clients, attending information sessions on asylum, deportation and other immigration relief, and conduct legal workshops and engage pro bono counsel in the provision of legal services.

  • You will provide day-to-day supervision and leadership to the legal team comprising staff attorneys, legal fellows, pro bono counsel, paralegals, administrative clerks and interns. Provide periodic evaluation of staff performance and meet regularly for staffing and feedback meetings. Supervision also includes but is not limited to mentoring and training team members, monitor and provide detailed review of assigned team members’ cases and files, oversee data and reporting for team members and provide written progress notes for team members being mentored.

  • You will develop expertise in general immigration law, including but not limited to family petitions, adjustment of status, waivers of inadmissibility, naturalization, DACA, Temporary Protected Status, removal defense, and other immigration relief.

  • You will identify policy issues and coordinate with other units within Cabrini Center and the immigration bar in advancing advocacy agenda to promote immigrant rights.

  • You will work with Cabrini leadership to evaluate program efficacy and engage in priority setting in line with community needs.

  • You will develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that Cabrini Center provides high quality legal services to clients and provide periodic training to Cabrini staff to maintain quality and standard of service.

  • You will perform other duties as assigned.





Catholic Charities is an equal opportunity employer.  We actively foster an environment that is free of racism, discrimination, bias, and harassment where all individuals are treated with dignity, safety, and respect.  Successful applicant must comply with federal contractor vaccine mandate requirements.


The work you do will help us advocate for the vulnerable among us, a network of support services to people of all ages and from all walks of life and religious backgrounds.