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. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind. The bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are served by a staff of approximately 315 lay people, priests, deacons, and religious, located at the Conference headquarters in Washington, DC, with branch offices in Miami, FL and Rome.
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."
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Assistant General Counsel (Immigration and Nationality Law) (Full Time)
Represents the USCCB and provides legal advice on a wide range of legal matters of interest to the Church, focusing 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 following its Catholic identity.
Education Level: J.D.
Major Field/Specialty: Immigration and international law; administrative law, corporate and contracts law.
Number of Years Required: 5 years
· Admission to state or DC bar (must qualify for and successfully obtain admission to DC bar at the 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 the area of immigration
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
· Working knowledge of technical aspects of office life, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, e-mail, Internet, etc.
Foreign Language Requirement: Working knowledge of Spanish and Italian is helpful.