Legal Assistant (Temporary)

October 14, 2020
Houston, TX
Job Type



The Legal Assistant is a key member of the Immigration and Citizenship Program's deportation defense team, playing a role in identifying resources, assisting in providing legal services to individuals in immigration detention, and connecting members to various services provided by BakerRipley and partner agencies. The successful Legal Assistant is an excellent communicator, is knowledgeable about the community, and has some experience with immigration processes. The job involves working closely with detained individuals seeking immigration legal aid with the objective to facilitate release from detention, access to immigration relief, and opportunities for greater civic engagement and better employment.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist immigration attorneys with all aspects of legal cases, primarily for detained community members facing removal from the United States in the Houston immigration courts
  • Assist immigration attorneys with court filings, drafting motions for the immigration court, applications for relief in immigration court, and supporting evidence
  • Recruit and retain country condition and mental health experts to support ongoing cases
  • Manage current client cases by providing clients with written correspondence, case status updates, and responding to client inquiries
  • Conduct client intakes and meet with prospective clients to answer non-legal questions, discuss goals, and determine eligibility for representation
  • Assist in the development of the organization’s strategy for connecting clients of a particular department to BakerRipley’s broader continuum of services
  • Identify connection opportunities for specific program participants and help them leverage relevant services provided by BakerRipley and, as applicable, our partners

Qualifications / Skills

Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree or Paralegal Associate's Degree

Years of Experience: 1-3


  • Significant knowledge of and/or interest in immigration issues
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations and/or victims of trauma
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Detailed oriented and interest in administrative legal tasks
  • Experience supporting legal cases either as a paralegal or a caseworker is a plus

Computer Proficiency: Microsoft Word; Experience with legal case management systems is a

Language Requirements: Spanish proficiency required

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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