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Staff Attorney - Affirmative Immigration Relief

1308 East Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA, USA


Full-Time; Exempt

Department/Program Focus:


Reports to:

Immigration Services

$78,000 - $85,000 DOE

Director of Immigration Services


Job Description

The Staff Attorney – Affirmative Immigration Relief 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 Defense Attorney will be part of the Education and Leadership Foundation Immigration department, representing immigrants and refugees in wrongful work treatment. The Staff 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 Staff 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: Complete the attached application, and email it along with your cover letter and resume to Ana Luisa Lopez, Human Resources Manager, at


  • Have a U.S. law degree (J.D.) and active bar membership. 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.

  • Individuals with experience in immigration law, specifically in removal defense, will also be given preference.


  • Valid CA driver’s license, car insurance, and daily access to a car.

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


  • Fluent in English and Spanish

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Able to quickly build and maintain rapport with clients, community members, and coworkers of differing backgrounds, team player.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Attention to detail and strong legal office organizational skills.

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

  • Additional skills listed in attached job description


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

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