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Staff Attorney - Affirmative Immigration Relief

4290 East Ashlan Avenue, Fresno, CA, USA


Full-Time; Exempt

Department/Program Focus:


Reports to:

Immigration Services

$78,000 - $80,000 DOE

Director of Immigration Services


Job Description

The Affirmative Immigration Relief Attorney must be passionate about ELF’s mission. To that end, the
Affirmative Immigration Relief Attorney will provide client consultations with greater attention to
complicated cases, representation of clients, research, and analysis. The Affirmative Immigration
Relief Attorney will be part of the Education and Leadership Foundation Immigration department,
representing immigrants and refugees in wrongful work treatment. The Affirmative Immigration Relief
Attorney will work collaboratively with our staff, including the Managing Director, Program Manager,
Staff attorneys, administrative support staff, and case workers, to provide client-centered, holistic
services. The Affirmative Immigration Relief Attorney represents clients before the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS only) in the following areas of immigration: Adjustment of Status; Consular
Process; Extension of Non-Immigrant Status; DACA Renewal Applications; Naturalization; Acquisition
and Derivation of Citizenship; Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) Renewals; Advance Parole;
Parole-in-Place; U-VISA; VAWA; Inadmissibility Waivers; Removal Defense Cases, TPS, Special
Immigrant Juvenile Status, K-1 Visas, T-Visas, CAT, and other similar benefits.


Responsibilities & Requirements

TO APPLY: Email the completed job application (mandatory), resume (optional), and cover letter (optional) to Ana Luisa Lopez, Human Resources Manager, at


  • Juris Doctorate degree

  • CA bar membership is preferred and will be given preference.


  • Experience in removal defense, minimum 1-year court experience, and 2-year removal defense experience.


  • Valid CA driver's license, vehicle insurance, and daily access to a vehicle

  • Must be in good standing with the state bar (CA state bar preferred)


  • Fluent in English and Spanish

  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in-writing

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Ability to quickly build and maintain rapport with clients, community members, and coworkers of differeing backgrounds; team player

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Attentiona to detail and strong legal office organizational skills

  • Adept at public speaking and teaching in large groups and comfortable with conducting media interviews

  • Ability to work under pressure and exercise flexibility as needed

  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgement

  • Intermediate to advanced software skills with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)

For a full list of desired skills, qualifications, etc., please view the full job description by clicking the attachment above.


The Education & Leadership Foundation is a community benefit non-profit organization that provides education, civic engagement, and immigration services. 

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