Senior Litigation Attorney

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Senior Litigation Attorney

Date Posted:

April 14, 2022

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. 

Your Role …

The American Immigration Council seeks a highly motivated, impact-driven, flexible individual for its legal department. The Senior Litigation Attorney will work with the Legal Director, Litigation, fellow attorneys on the Legal Team, the Council’s Policy Team, and the Legal Assistant to pursue litigation, and legal advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues, which may include the right to counsel, asylum laws, issues around the immigration courts, and border enforcement.

As with all positions at the Council, this position requires commitment to the Council’s mission and the organization’s culture of philanthropy. 

Essential Job Functions. . .

  • Pursues impact litigation in Federal Court, including; Files lawsuits, drafts briefs, pleadings, and motions, Conducts discovery and Argues motions and appeals.
  • Participates in developing the Council’s litigation strategy and generates new litigation.
  • Writes and submits amicus briefs to federal courts and agencies.
  • Provides legal advice and legal research to other departments at the Council, including the Council’s policy and communications departments.
  • Drafts practice advisories and other litigation resources for immigration practitioners.
  • Provides training and practice assistance to immigration practitioners.
  • Fosters collaboration with AILA, law firms, and other partner organizations.
  • Participates in working groups and coalitions in furtherance of the Council’s goals.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the Council on selected issues.
  • Organizes and participates in litigation meetings.
  • Writes and edits blog posts, Council publications, website text, and other non-legal documents.
  • Supervises interns, fellows, and attorneys, as needed
  • Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Legal Director, Litigation.

Requirements
  • J.D. Degree
  • Admission to any State Bar 

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

  • A strong understanding and commitment to the Council’s mission and values.
  • At least 10 years of legal experience and at least 5 years of federal court litigation experience, ideally both at the district and appellate court levels. 
  • Litigation experience, including brief writing experience, legal research and writing skills, and oral advocacy experience.
  • Experience working collegially in a team setting and across organizations. 
  • Experience speaking at conferences and convenings. 
  • Ability to think creatively about solutions to legal problems.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong analytical skills.

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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 considerationqualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement. 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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