The Practice and Professionalism Center is dedicated to the shared ideals of the legal profession, including service to clients, ethical conduct, increasing competence and respect of the legal system and pursuit of the public good. The Center provides assistance with developing our members’ practice, resolving ethical dilemmas, providing ideas on improving firm management and helping meet pro bono commitments.
Serves as a staff resource for members in areas of general law practice management and development, ethics, and professionalism.
Essential Job Functions
Resource Development: Initiates, develops, and publishes original articles, newsletters, podcasts, and other resources to help members succeed in the practice of immigration law. Works with members and staff to identify law practice resources, and when needed, develops those resources specifically for immigration lawyers.
Guidance and Consulting to Members: Provides one-to-one guidance to members about a wide range of professionalism issues, including legal ethics, running a law firm (management, marketing, technology, and financial management), and building a career in immigration practice. Researches and analyzes member’s legal ethics issues, and provides guidance to them on a confidential basis to resolve legal ethics dilemmas and questions that arise in their practices.
Strategy, Vision, and Leadership: Works with Practice and Professionalism Director and departmental staff to identify members’ long and short-range practice issues and develop resources to address them. Provides input on emerging trends, suggests solutions, and works collaboratively to deliver those solutions.
Educational Programming: Creates and presents original legal education programs to national and chapter conferences to help them with legal ethics, practice management, and career issues and dilemmas.
Departmental Collaboration: Supervises the PPC Coordinator to collaborate to develop resources that address practice, ethics, management, and consumer protection issues.
Budget and Administration: Assists the PPC Director to develop annual plan goals and annual budget projections for the Practice & Professionalism Center.
Education and Training
J.D. degree required. Knowledge of immigration law and experience running a law practice strongly desired.
Minimum Job Requirements
5+ years experience in law office management and legal ethics and professionalism.
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities / Other requirements
Knowledge (acquired information necessary to do job, kind of knowledge required for the job)
- Knowledge of immigration law and/or policy.
- Demonstrated knowledge of law practice management
- Demonstrated knowledge of legal ethics
Skills (position-specific learned activity, generally gained through training
1. Exceptional writing, editing, proofreading and organizational skills.
2. Strong interpersonal, network and leadership skills.
3. Dynamic public speaking skills
4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Outlook).
5. Capacity to handle multiple competing priorities – including ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
6. Capacity to build and sustain partnerships, coalitions and alliances.