The United Methodist mission agency needs two immigration lawyers to provide legal counsel at up to three congregation-based immigration clinics in Michigan and Tennessee. The clinics are part of Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), a national network that expresses the church's concern for "sojourners in our midst."
More than legal skills are required of JFON attorneys. The legal advisor needs to be counselor, activist, and missionary with a strong Christian faith. He or she would become a Church and Community Worker, a commissioned missionary of The United Methodist Church and its General Board of Global Ministries.
Monthly JFON clinics combine professional and voluntary service in sustainable immigration ministries. They are usually based in congregations that supply the volunteers required. JFON attorneys often take part in education on immigrant rights and advocacy for both congregations and immigrant communities. The attorney must have already passed the bar, or pass it in the first year of assignment. Bilingual skills and experience in law school asylum or immigration clinics would be beneficial but are not required.