Staff Attorney

National Office Legal

24 Aug 2018

National Office



Full Time


4 - 5 years

Career Level

Mid Level

FLSA Classification


The American Immigration Council, established in 1987, 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. The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications. 

The Staff Attorney works to implement the American Immigration Council’s mission by working to limit unfair enforcement policies, protect due process rights and ensure a fair immigration process, and reduce restrictions in business immigration through impact litigation, amicus briefs to the federal courts and immigration agencies, advocacy, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The staff attorney collaborates with other advocates and litigators, drafts practice advisories and provides resources to other immigration attorneys and works with other members of the Council’s team to promote the work of the Council. The successful candidate may be based in Washington, D.C. or Boston, Massachusetts.  

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

Essential Job Functions include:

  • Conducting legal research. 
  • Drafting legal pleadings and amicus briefs for filing with the federal courts and/or immigration agencies. 
  • Assisting with fact investigation and collection of declarations and other evidence in conjunction with federal court litigation. 
  • Collaborating with other Council staff members on analysis and publication of, and responses to, government policies and data. 
  • Developing practice materials and litigation resources for immigration practitioners. 
  • Speaking on panels and provides supervised technical assistance. 
  • Helping organize litigation meetings and workshops. 
  • Working with other members of the Council staff to ensure execution of communications, marketing and development strategies stemming from work described above.   
  • Writing and edits blogs, fact sheets, website text, and other non-legal documents. 


Some travel is expected for this position. 

Required Education and Training 

  • J.D. Degree required. 
  • Admission to State Bar. 

Minimum Job Requirements 

  • At least 4-5 years of previous experience in immigration and federal court litigation. 
  • Substantive knowledge of immigration law and federal court procedures. 
  • Strong legal research, analytical, and writing skills. 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral. 
  • Ability to prioritize and manage competing demands/multiple assignments through effective time management. 
  • Ability to think creatively about solutions to legal problems. 
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. 
  • Ability to collaborate with other organizations and attorneys. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook). 
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism in representing the organization, both internally and externally. 
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus. 
  • Ability to form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds.  
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategies, and circumstances. 
  • Ability to display initiative and openness to change.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Active listening and problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to demonstrate attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness. 


We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment with a competitive compensation package based on your experience and qualifications. Our generous benefits include 100% of an employee’s Medical/Rx, Dental, and Vision premiums, as well as contributions towards dependents’ premiums; a 401(k) with up to 3% matching contribution upon enrollment, employer paid disability and life insurance, commuter subsidy, and on-site fitness room. In addition, we provide employees with flexible scheduling and telecommuting options and plenty of time away from the office to bolster creativity and recharge. Added perks: four-week paid parental leave and a four-week sabbatical every tenth year of service. 

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.

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

The American Immigration 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.