Litigation Attorney

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Litigation Attorney

Date Posted:

February 18, 2021

We Are …

The American Immigration Council (the "Council") works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. 

We are seeking talent to join our team!

Your Role …

The Litigation Attorney works to implement the American Immigration Council’s mission of protecting the legal rights of noncitizens through impact litigation, amicus briefs to the federal courts and Board of Immigration Appeals, and advocacy. In addition, the Litigation Attorney drafts practice advisories, provides technical assistance to immigration attorneys, and participates in the planning and execution of litigation strategy meetings. The Litigation Attorney collaborates with other advocates and litigators to ensure that immigration law is interpreted and implemented in a manner that is fair and just.  

As with all positions at the Council, this position requires commitment to the Council’s mission.

Candidates in Washington, DC are preferred, although this position may be performed remotely.

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Essential Job Functions

  • Pursues affirmative impact litigation including class actions, individual cases, and Freedom of Information Act cases.
  • Researches and writes amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, Courts of Appeals, and the Board of Immigration appeals.
  • Researches legal issues for possible action by the Council, whether for the purpose of litigation, publications, or policy advocacy.
  • Provides practice materials and litigation resources to immigration practitioners, through writing practice advisories, speaking on panels and providing technical assistance.
  • Supports administrative and legislative advocacy (related to administrative rulemaking and proposed legislation).
  • Organizes and participates in litigation meetings.
  • Writes and edits blog posts, Council publications, website text, and other non-legal documents.
  • Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Legal Director, Litigation.


J.D. Degree and admission to any State Bar are required.

To perform successfully in this role, incumbent should possess skills identified below:

  • At least 7 years of legal experience, at least 3 years of which have been in the practice of immigration law or federal court litigation.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal court litigation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of immigration laws and policies surrounding immigration detention, deportation/removal, enforcement, immigration courts, and asylum.
  • Ability to think creatively about solutions to legal problems.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with other organizations and attorneys.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Substantive knowledge of immigration law and federal court procedures.
  • Knowledge of FOIA litigation preferred.
  • Experience practicing in immigration court or before immigration agencies preferred.


  • Collaborates effectively with other organizations and attorneys and provides outreach and assistance to clients and others involved with litigation.
  • Able to multi-task and has strong organization skills.
  • Strong oral communication skills, as may represent the Council with external coalitions and/or audience from time-to-time.
  • Strong written communications skills including: writing and editing skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and legal research skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • High level of attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness.
  • Working knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • Spanish proficiency preferred.


  • Ability to work in a diverse coalition of attorneys and stakeholders.
  • Ability to shift focus quickly and quickly get up to speed on many diverse issues.
  • Demonstrates sound decision making in a range of situations. 

This job operates in a professional office environment. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers. Council employees will be working remotely until the end of 2021 due to COVID-19.

Some travel is expected for this position. Incumbents in this position have typically traveled 4-8 times per year, before the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included travel to (1) hearings and other litigation-related obligations, (2) Council trainings, (3) board meetings, and (4) conferences.

Our Workplace …

We offer an extremely generous total compensation package (salary and benefits).  Benefits include – medical, dental, vision, 401k with employer match, monthly transit subsidy, flexible work schedules, 3+ weeks’ vacation, 11 Federal holidays, on-site fitness center and many more exciting benefit programs.

Your Colleagues …

  • Dedicated, dynamic, collaborative and compassionate.
  • A community of individuals passionate about their work.

For consideration, qualified applicants are to submit cover letter including salary requirement, resume, and a legal writing sample not longer than 10 pages for which they were the primary author. The cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.  

NOTE: Applications without cover letters and which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered.

Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax or phone).

The American Immigration Council ("Council") is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination. 

The Council believes that diversity is a strength. The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its staff and board is given the opportunity to thrive.

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