Job Opening: Spanish-speaking Immigration Law Case Coordinator

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:

Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) provides free legal advice and legal representation to low-income individuals and underserved communities through volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and other legal professionals. VLN is a private non-profit organization affiliated with the Hennepin County Bar Association. VLN’s mission is to protect and promote the basic needs of people in poverty through the power of legal volunteers. VLN envisions a society where everyone has equal access to the legal services essential for stability and well-being.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

This position will help immigrants and refugees identify immigration legal solutions through free immigration screenings and services. The Spanish-speaking Immigration Law Case Coordinator gathers necessary information and documentation from clients, works with a staff attorney to prepare the immigration cases for placement with volunteer attorneys, and supports the work of staff and volunteer attorneys to ensure that they stay connected with VLN clients. This Case Coordinator, along with other VLN staff members, is also responsible for responding to requests for free legal assistance and ensuring that potential clients have a quality experience when applying for free legal services.

This is a great position for anyone interested in learning more about how immigration law impacts the everyday lives of low-income Minnesotans and access to justice issues. This position is well-suited for anyone who enjoys communicating with diverse groups of people regarding a wide range of legal issues that commonly affect low-income individuals living in Minnesota.

VLN seeks an applicant who will prepare to become an accredited representative through the Department of Justice process.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Coordinating and staffing in person clinics that provide screening services, advice, help to complete immigration forms, and referrals.
  • Contacting low-income clients to gather relevant and required documentation needed to evaluate their cases for free legal help.
  • Collecting and copying documentation, completing forms, assembling filing packets, and coordinating case placement with pro bono attorneys.
  • Building relationships with volunteer attorneys and recruiting volunteers to help qualifying clients.
  • Answering phone calls to VLN’s client intake line, screening applicants, and signing callers up for the appropriate service.
  • Providing a quality experience for applicants and clients (e.g., listening actively and empathetically, asking relevant questions, de-escalates tensions, providing appropriate referrals, clearly explaining next steps, etc.)
  • Creating and managing calendars for in-person, remote, and telephone services.
  • Managing, monitoring, and closing cases in VLN’s database.
  • Attending meetings, collaborating with partners, and conducting outreach activities.
  • Assisting VLN staff attorneys and program managers as needed.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Fluency in both the English Spanish. Ability to interpret and translate between English and Spanish required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365. (Experience with database or case management systems preferred but not required).
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Prior work or volunteer experience related to VLN’s mission or VLN’s client communities is preferred.
  • Prior immigration experience preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The Case Coordinator will be required to come into the office or work off-site at a legal clinic location. Some work may be done virtually.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

VLN offers a competitive compensation package, including:

  • Hourly compensation at the rate of $21.00 per hour (40 hours/week) (upon DOJ accreditation this amount will increase).
  • Paid Time Off
  • IRA Plan with 3% employer contribution
  • Healthcare (100% coverage for an employee; option for employees to buy into the lower deductible plan)
  • Dental (100% coverage for employees)
  • FSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-term disability insurance

Please note, all plan benefits programs are governed by plan documents. In the event of conflicts, the plan documents govern.

HIRING PROCESS

We are accepting applications until the position is filled. Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a remote interview with members of VLN’s leadership and intake teams. Finalists may be invited to participate in a second interview.

JOB SHARING

Job sharing is not available for this position.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

VLN is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other factors prohibited by applicable law. Those with diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY:

Mail cover letter explaining your qualifications, as well as resume, to [email protected]

No phone calls please.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled

VLN Housing Program Featured in National Brief on Pro Bono

Volunteer Lawyers Network is thrilled to be included as an innovative provider in the federal Legal Services Corporation‘s latest brief.

The brief, “Effective Volunteer Partnerships: The Critical Role of Pro Bono Attorneys in Eviction Defense” by Mytrang Nguyen, Caroline Shriver, Jordan Layton and Bristow Hardin, is part of a congressionallydirected study, The Effect of State & Local Laws on Evictions, to investigate the unmet legal needs surrounding the eviction crisis in the United States.

VLN’s Housing Program is one of five highlighted by the authors that “incorporate model practices to effectively run tenant-centered pro bono eviction defense programs.”

Click here to read the full brief and learn more about this vital work.

Park Avenue Legal Clinic will resume walk-in services!

We are excited to report that the Park Avenue Legal Clinic, hosted at the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, will be resuming on Friday, Feb. 25 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.!

This community clinic, like all our walk-in clinics, has been on hiatus due to the COVID pandemic. It will resume on the fourth Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 (noon) p.m. from February through October (November’s clinic will be on Friday, Nov. 18, to accommodate the holiday break).

Masks are required for all participants. If you have any symptoms of COVID or other communicable illness, or have a known exposure to COVID, please seek legal help remotely by clicking here.

VLN is Seeking New Board Members

The VLN Board of Directors seeks committed and compassionate members of our community to help achieve VLN’s vision of a society in which everyone has access to the legal services essential for stability and well-being.

We seek people with a wide range of skills, including strategic planning and visioning, fundraising, finance, community organizing, marketing, and human resources to join the Board. Nominees do not have to be an attorney or have volunteered with VLN. Candidates who reflect the diversity of our community and our clients, including diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Tom Walsh via email or at (612) 752-6675) if you are interested in joining the Board or know someone you think would be a good fit.

VLN Volunteer Christopher Anderson wins the 2021 Raeder Larson Public Service Award

Congratulations to outstanding volunteer Christopher Anderson on winning the 2021 Raeder Larson Public Service Award!

Christopher started volunteering with VLN as a law student, and has since taken on dozens of bankruptcy and letters to creditors cases.

“When Christopher takes a case, he immediately contacts the client and follows up with VLN,” said Chris Kramer, VLN’s Judge Nancy C. Dreher Bankruptcy Attorney. “He always works diligently with his clients to get their cases filed quickly, keeps VLN updated, and is timely in submitting closing information once the case is concluded. 

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Christopher has increased his commitment to pro bono and to assisting VLN’s clients,” Chris continued. “He has taken more than 16% of the all the Bankruptcy cases we have had since the COVD-19 pandemic began in March 2020.”

Thank you, Christopher, for helping VLN Make Pro Bono Happen!

Give to the Max Day 2021: Make Pro Bono Happen for ALL.

Will you support our vital work on Minnesota’s Giving Holiday?

Give to the Max Day is this Thursday, Nov. 18, but giving has already begun! Support VLN with a generous gift today.

A $10,000 match from our Board of Directors is LIVE now, so every cent you donate will go twice as far!

This year, we are letting our clients do the talking. Stay tuned here and on VLN’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn this week to hear true stories of clients whose lives YOU changed with your support.

Finally, remember that each donation qualifies us for one of many prizes! Is this our lucky year? Are you the lucky donor?

Give today to #MakeProBonoHappen for ALL!

 

Eight VLN lawyers sign up to help 41 Afghans to safety

Volunteer Lawyers Network extends a heartfelt thanks to the eight lawyers from six law firms who, to date, have volunteered to file humanitarian parole applications for 41 Afghans seeking safe haven:

Lesley Guyton, Carey Thuente, and Megan Galasso (Guyton Thuente PA)
Aklilu Dunlap (Dunlap Law Office, PLLC)
Mary K. Shaw (Robichaud, Schroepfer & Correia, P.A.)
Monica Nevin (Nevin Law Office, LLC)
Matthew Webster (Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.)
Mai Neng Moua (Mai N Moua Law Office).

Of these, one of the lawyers is helping to file 17 applications, and another, nine.

Humanitarian parole is an extraordinary measure used to bring persons to the United States due to an emergency. Over 17,000 of these applications have been filed for Afghans in the last two months and, to date, very few have been processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service.