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MLO Firm Manager position announcement

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Firm Manager

The Meyer Law Office, PC, a progressive immigration law and criminal defense firm comprised of four attorneys and three support staff located in Denver, Colorado, seeks a well-qualified candidate to serve as a full-time firm manager.

Position Duties and Competencies: 

The firm manager ensures organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the firm’s internal functions. Working alongside the principal attorney, the firm manager also contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies, and practices.

Candidates should have a strong foundation in organizational and client management, billing, experience supervising staff, delegating tasks, and promoting procedural improvements. The position requires attention to detail, strong time management skills, ability to work independently and collaboratively, ability to implement and improve processes, and good judgment when interacting with clients, attorneys, and staff.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Assist in day-to-day management of staff and implement training and skills building plans for staff.
  • Organize orientation and training for new employees.
  • Manage internal systems, including phones, computers, and printers to ensure firm’s productivity.
  • Oversee filing and record keeping systems to ensure integrity of data, and implement procedures for retention, protection, retrieval, transfer, and disposal of records.
  • Manage client questions concerning payments and billing.
  • In coordination with the Attorney, manage client relationships to ensure efficient preparation of cases.
  • Play a significant role in long-term planning, including an initiative geared toward operational excellence.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal Attorney.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be fully bilingual in written and spoken English and Spanish.
  • Prior experience working in a law firm preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse communities.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and work under deadlines.
  • Good judgment and the capacity to evaluate strategic opportunities.
  • Demonstrate commitment to immigrant rights, a healthy distrust of arbitrary government, and a willingness to advocate creatively on behalf of clients.

The Meyer Law Office, PC offers a competitive salary and benefits, including generous health care coverage, retirement benefits, and paid time off.

Application Process: 

We are looking to fill the position as soon as practicable.  Send tailored cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Hans Meyer, Principal Attorney, at hans@themeyerlawoffice.com.  Full consideration will be given to those who apply by March 28, 2016, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About the Meyer Law Office, PC:

The Meyer Law Office, PC is a growing practice with a focus on immigration law, removal defense, and criminal defense. In addition, the firm works closely with civil rights organizations and community groups to advance and protect immigrant rights through advocacy, constitutional litigation, popular education, media outreach, and policy reform.

Equal Opportunity:

The Meyer Law Office, PC is dedicated to equal opportunity and encourages people of color, women, members of the LGBT community, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities to apply.

 

To view the PDF version of this announcement, please click here: MLO Firm Manager announcement

 

MLO, Licencias para Todos, ACLU, and ProgressNow announce new website to help immigrants navigate process to obtain drivers’ licenses in Colorado

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Today the Licencias Para Todos Colorado website launched. This bilingual website is a one-stop shop for Coloradan immigrants who are now eligible to obtain driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards under a state law passed in 2013.  The website, www.licenciasparatodoscolorado.comis a collaboration between ACLU, The Meyer Law Office, Licencias Para Todos, ProgressNow Colorado, and the Colorado Latino Forum.  Please visit this site and learn more!  

Also, the Meyer Law Office, PC has produced fact sheets, available in both English and Spanish, about the new process.  Click on the links below to download these useful fact sheets.

SB 251 Fact Sheet by Meyer Law Office English FINAL

MLO Spanish fact sheet on SB 251 Licencias, Final

Mandatory Detention Victory in Federal District Court of Colorado

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The MLO, together with co-counsel University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Chris Lasch, recently won a habeas corpus case before Judge Blackburn in the Federal District Court of Colorado on a mandatory immigration detention case.  The court found that our client is not subject to mandatory detention and must be provided a bond hearing in his immigration case.  This is an important victory not just for our client, but also for other people in immigration detention.  Much thanks to Professor Lasch, MLO attorneys Hans Meyer and Lee Knox, and MLO intern Ruth Swift for their pro bono work on this case.  

The decision is available for review below:

Andujo 236(c) decision Judge Blackburn 06.19.2014

ACLU and MLO reach settlement with Arapahoe County

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The Meyer Law Office, PC is proud to announce an important update regarding immigration detainer reform.  Today, Arapahoe County has agreed to a settlement to pay $30,000 to our client Claudia Valdez, who in July of 2012 was held on an immigration detainer for three days by Arapahoe County Jail.  This settlement hopefully marks the start of additional detainer reforms, while highlighting the underlying issues presented by immigration detainers, including among other issues the lack of statutory authority for county sheriffs to make what is essential a new arrest.

We hope the settlement continues to advance the policy reform around detainers while putting local jurisdictions on notice about their potential liability for honoring detainers without lawful authority.   Stay tuned for follow up advocacy and potential litigation related to immigration detainers in the near future.

Attached is the press release and initial complaint in Claudia’s case.  We also have info on the settlement along with general info on immigration detainers on our Facebook page and our ICE detainers page.  You can also find more info about Claudia’s case and a fantastic ACLU blog post on her story.

Thanks are in order to Mark Silverstein, Rebecca Wallace, and the ACLU of Colorado for taking on this issue, without whom this settlement would not be a reality.  As well, many thanks are also in order to our client Claudia, who has demonstrated the courage to stand up for what she knows to be right, both for herself and her community.

Hopefully, this moves the ball forward on the detainer issues, provides our local governments with incentive to pass meaningful policies, and highlights the destruction that ICE deportation dragnet policies have on communities.

2014-06-20 FINAL ACLU press release (Colo sheriff to pay $30k to woman held on immigration detainer)

2014-06-20 SPANISH ACLU press release (Colo sheriff to pay $30k to woman held on immigration detainer)

Claudia’s Profile

Claudia’s Profile – Spanish

ACLU DRAFT Complaint – Valdez Sandoval v. Walcher

 

Related Press Articles:

http://www.somosnoticiascolorado.com/2014/06/19/inmigrante-hispana-gana-demanda-a-arpahoe/

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25994232/arapahoe-will-pay-30-000-woman-held-immigration

http://kdvr.com/2014/06/19/arapahoe-county-to-pay-30k-to-woman-detained-on-immigration-charges/

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Woman-to-get-30K-for-Colorado-immigration-hold-5564499.php

DACA Renewal Process Announced

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Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the renewal process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The Meyer Law Office, PC is ready to help you with your renewal application and recommends that you consult with a trusted immigration attorney, especially if you’ve had any changed circumstances since you were initially approved, such as having any contact with police. We have created DACA renewal fact sheets available in English and Spanish.  

Hoy, el Servicio de Ciudadanía y Inmigración de los EE.UU. anunció el proceso para renovar la Acción Diferida para los Jóvenes (DACA).

La oficina de Meyer Law Office, PC está lista para asistirle con su aplicación de renovación y recomendamos que consulte con un abogado de inmigración confiable, especialmente si haya tenido cualquier circumstancia cambiada, incluyendo contacto con la policía. Tenemos hojas informativas sobre el proceso de la renovación disponibles en Inglés y Español.

MLO Spanish fact sheet – DACA renewal 6.5.2014 FINAL

MLO English fact sheet – DACA renewal 6.5.2014 FINAL

The latest information on ICE detainer policies in Colorado

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This page will serve as a clearing house for information on the implementation and reaction to recent federal court decisions. If you have an update for this page, please email Julie Gonzales at julie@themeyerlawoffice.com. The list of Colorado jurisdictions who have decided to no longer honor unconstitutional ICE holds!  Also, be sure to check out the ACLU’s interactive map with all jurisdictions who no longer honor unconstitutional ICE holds. This list is current as of June 24, 2014 and will be updated regularly:

  1. Adams
  2. Aurora Municipal
  3. Boulder
  4. Clear Creek
  5. Denver
  6. Eagle
  7. Fremont
  8. Garfield
  9. Grand
  10. Gunnison
  11. Hinsdale 
  12. Jefferson
  13. Kit Carson
  14. La Plata
  15. Lake
  16. Logan
  17. Mesa
  18. Moffat
  19. Montrose
  20. Morgan
  21. Otero
  22. Pitkin
  23. Prowers
  24. Pueblo
  25. Rio Blanco
  26. Routt
  27. Saguache
  28. San Juan
  29. San Miguel
  30. Sedgewick
  31. Washington
  32. Yuma

This list was created by consulting public statements by the sheriffs and reports made by community members after speaking with various sheriff departments. We will add links to public sources as available & as time permits. Please contact Julie Gonzales at julie@themeyerlawoffice.com with any updates.

Resources and Information on ICE detainers, the recent shifts by local jurisdictions, and the gold-standard detainer policy — the RESPECT Policy:

MLO Detainer Policy Memo 05.01.2014 FINAL

MLO Detainer Policy Memo 05.01.2014 FINAL – SPANISH

2014-04-29 ACLU Letter to CO Sheriffs Regarding Detainers

2014-05-02 ACLU Letter to Jefferson County Sheriff Mink regarding RESPECT Policy

2014-05-02 RESPECT POLICY FINAL

2014-05-07 Academics letter supporting RESPECT policy – with 124 Dear Sheriff Faith letter 5_16_14

Administrative Warrants Fact Sheet final (2014 05-13)  

 

Litigation:

Please visit our page regarding the recent Arapahoe County settlement with Claudia Valdez, who was detained based on an ICE detainer for three days in 2012:  https://themeyerlawoffice.com/aclu-mlo-reach-settlement-with-arapahoe-county/  

Media Coverage:

Please contact Julie Gonzales at julie@themeyerlawoffice.com with any updates.

Denver Post:  “Colorado counties joining list in refusing ICE holds in local jails,” 05.15.2014

NY Times:  “Some Colorado Sheriffs Ending Immigrant Detainers,” 04.29.2014

The Nation:  “More Local Law Enforcement Officials Are Refusing to Comply With Obama’s Deportation Policies,” 05.02.2014

KDVR Fox 31:  “Denver will stop holding immigrants on ICE detainers,” 04.30.2014

Denver Post:  “Denver won’t hold inmates solely on immigration status,” 04.30.2014

Noticias Univision Colorado:  “Alguaciles no colaborarán con autoridades federales,” 04.29.2014

Telemundo Denver:  “Policía no retendrá a inmigrantes,” 04.30.2014

Telemundo Denver:   “Alguaciles limitan colaboración con ICE,” 04.29.2014

ABC Channel 7:  “Denver will not honor federal requests to detain people once they’re eligible to be released,” 04.30.2014

CBS Channel 4: “Denver Sheriff Ending Immigration Detainers,” 04.30.2014

 

Legal Resources:

ACLU Detainer Fact Sheet Court decision in Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County Galarza v. Szalczyk, a Third Circuit US Court of Appeals decision that held that detainers were voluntary and that local municipalities can be held liable for damages due to detainers

Law review article by Christopher N. Lasch, describing the faulty legal reasoning behind detainers

Morales v. Chadbourne, a federal court in Rhode Island holds that ICE detainers are mere requests to local law enforcement, and local law enforcement may be liable for constitutional violations incurred by holding someone on a detainer
 
Villars v. Kubiatowski, a federal court in Illinois holds, in sections III.B.1 and III.B.4 (pages 19-23) that county officials may be liable for constitutional violations incurred by holding someone on a detainer, and that the county itself may be liable because of its policy of honoring immigration detainers.

ICE Form I-247 (ICE Detainer form) The Fourth Amendment:  “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Tremendous detainer policy changes across Colorado!

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As of today, Denver, Boulder, San Miguel, Routt, Grand, Jefferson, and Mesa Counties have announced that they will no longer honor ICE detainers, and we hope to hear additional positive news from other jurisdictions in the coming days.
With so much happening in such a short time span, we want to be sure that you have materials to be able to share with your members about the recent victories regarding detainers in multiple jurisdictions in Colorado.  Attached are fact sheets about detainer policy changes in both English and Spanish — please use them!  Special thanks to Mayra and Cristina at the MLO for translating this on a short timeline.
Also, here is an initial roundup of some of the press articles from the past 24-48 hours discussing these momentous changes.

Stay tuned for more information as it develops!