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Staff Attorney - Removal Defense

4290 East Ashlan Avenue, Fresno, CA, USA


Full-Time; Exempt

Department/Program Focus:


Reports to:

Immigration Services

$78,000 - $85,000 DOE

Director of Immigration Services, Education and Leadership Foundation


Job Description

The Removal Defense Attorney must be passionate about ELF’s mission. To that end, the Removal
Defense Attorney will provide client consultations with greater attention to complicated cases,
representation of clients, research, and analysis. The Removal Defense Attorney will be part of the
Education and Leadership Foundation Immigration department, which specializes in directly
representing immigrants and refugees in deportation proceedings. 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: Please send a cover letter and resume to Ana Luisa Lopez, Human Resources Manager, at


  • Juris Doctorate degree


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


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

  • CA bar membership is preferred and will be given preference

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


  • Fluent in English and Spanish

  • Excellent verbal communication skills

  • Excellent writing abilities

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Ability to quickly build and maintain rapport with clients, community members, and coworkers of differing backgrounds (e.g. team player)

  • Strong organization 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 Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)

  • Able to hand multiple tasks simulatenaously

  • Customer-focused and service-oriented

  • Postive professional insight

  • Regularly exhibits flexibility and dependability in work and working relationships

  • Ability to identify problems and develop creative solutions both independently and in cooperation with others

  • Understanding modern office practices and procedures, including scanning, faxing, video conferencing, text, and chat messages, etc.


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

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