Federal Court Litigation Attorney
We Are Headquartered in downtown, Washington, DC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a nationally recognized and respected organization with over 15,000 attorney members who practice and teach immigration law. For our membership, we provide advocacy, continuing legal education, practice resources, professional services and expertise. Founded in 1946, AILA's mission is to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. To learn more about our organization, please visit www.aila.org. The Government Relations team advocates for immigration-related legislative, regulatory, and policy reforms before Congress and the agencies, consistent with AILA's principles and priorities. We are seeking talent to join our team! Your Role The Federal Court Litigation Attorney will develop, file, and oversee federal litigation and other legal strategies for AILA. This role will require an experienced attorney to lead a national effort to challenge current Federal policies and practices on employment-based immigration issues. The role may also, at times, handle other immigration issues, such as challenges to family-based immigration and student visa policies and practices. The focus will be on impact litigation. The Federal Court Litigation Attorney will draft and review pleadings and may be required to appear in court. The Federal Court Litigation Attorney works to implement AILA's mission by promoting greater accountability and transparency in the immigration realm through litigation and advocacy. The Federal Court Litigation Attorney will help lead AILA's employment-based immigration litigation efforts through collaborative work with AILA staff, the American Immigration Council staff, AILA members, other litigators, coalition partners, and open government organizations. This position has access to confidential information, and therefore must function in a professional and confidential manner. Failure to maintain this standard will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Essential Job FunctionsResponsibilities include, but are not limited to:Collaborate as a strategic thought partner with the AILA Administrative Litigation Task Force to explore and, where appropriate, undertake affirmative federal court litigation to challenge problematic or improper federal and agency policies and practices. Create and implement systems for monitoring ongoing business immigration cases.Assist with fact investigation and collection of declarations and other evidence in conjunction with federal court litigation.Build relationships with key stakeholders in the employment-based immigration community to further litigation opportunities. Prepare and deliver public presentations on litigation issues and opportunities. Required Education And ExperienceJuris Doctorate (JD) degree and membership in good standing in at least one state bar, with a preference for DC At least 7 years of experience as a practicing attorney, which includes 5-7 years of Federal court litigation experience, with an emphasis on Administrative Procedure Act litigation. Specific focus on employment-based immigration law is preferred. Exposure to non-profit settings is a plus. 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, 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.