CVLS is looking for a bilingual immigration attorney to join our team.


Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (CVLS) is a not-for-profit that provides free legal services to individuals in and around Chicago using volunteer attorneys. Last year 2,300 CVLS volunteers helped thousands of clients with their cases and legal issues.

Position Description

CVLS is looking for a bilingual (Spanish) attorney with at least three years of experience handling immigration cases to provide legal consultations, advice and representation to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Justice. The attorney will review new immigration cases, manage a caseload and recruit, supervise, and support volunteer attorneys. This staff attorney position requires Spanish fluency.

Position Requirements

  • A J.D. and a current, active Illinois law license.
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Spanish.
  • A minimum of 3 years handling a variety of immigration cases.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience working with LegalServer or the ability to learn quickly and accurately.
  • A demonstrable commitment to working with low-income and minority clients.
  • Ability to work with volunteer attorneys of varying skill levels and temperaments.
  • Proof of Covid vaccinations.

We are looking for people who have a sense of humor; are friendly, patient and tolerant; can work independently and in a team and pay attention to detail while also seeing the big picture.

Additional Information

Salary commensurate with experience plus paid medical, life and disability insurance and pension benefits. Generous paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. Staff works remotely and a few days a month in the office, on a flexible schedule. As Covid safety concerns diminish, we will continue to permit remote work, but some work in the office will be required as courts and entities reopen for in-person hearings and meetings.

CVLS is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, qualified disability, or sexual orientation or any other protected class. CVLS is an Equal Opportunity employer seeking to build a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.

How to Apply

Email cover letter, resume and three professional references as attachments in Word to: Rebekah Rashidfarokhi, Director, Guardianship and Immigration Programs for Children at Include “CVLS Immigration Staff Attorney” in subject line. No mail or phone calls will be accepted.

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