Represents the USCCB and provides legal advice on a wide range of legal matters of interest to the Church, with principal focus on immigration and nationality law, contracts law and corporate law. Contributes to the Bishops’ strategic plan for the Conference. Demonstrates willingness and ability to understand, respect, and contribute to the USCCB mission and to fulfill job duties in accordance with its Catholic identity.
Primary Office of General Counsel liaison and legal advisor to Migration Refugee Services Department.
Provides legal advice and drafting regarding all contracts, including government contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, hotel and facilities contracts; and agreements for business-related goods and services. Consults as needed with other OGC lawyers whose expertise touches on contract subject matter (e.g., intellectual property, taxation, employment).
Provides legal advice regarding proposed congressional testimony and public policy letters in area of immigration / nationality law.
Provides legal advice and analysis regarding legislation and regulation in the area of immigration / nationality law.
Monitors federal regulations regarding immigration / nationality law, and coordinates, drafts, reviews and/or circulates comments in federal rulemakings.
Monitors litigation developments regarding immigration and assists in the preparation of immigration-related amicus filings.
Responds to requests for secondary legal advice from bishops of the Conference or their diocesan attorneys and other stakeholders (e.g., State Catholic Conferences) on immigration / nationality issues.
Participates in planning and execution of diocesan attorneys’ meetings.
Serves as delegate of General Counsel as counsel to CLINIC’s Board of Directors.
Contributes regularly to monthly publication reviewing judicial and regulatory developments of interest to diocesan counsel covering USCCB and federal activities in immigration matters.
5 Years Experience
Admission to state or DC bar (must qualify for and successfully obtain admission to DC bar at earliest opportunity if not already admitted to DC bar)
Knowledge of Catholic Church theology, structure and hierarchy
General understanding of canon law as it relates to civil law in area of immigration
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Working knowledge of technological aspects of office life, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, e-mail, Internet, etc.
Working knowledge of Spanish and Italian is helpful.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands that jointly exercises certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Catholic faithful in the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good that the Church offers humankind. The Bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference. The Conference is organized as a corporation in the District of Columbia. Its purposes under civil law are: “To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being.”