Legal Director, Litigation

National Office Legal

14 Jul 2020

National Office



Full Time


5 years

Career Level

Senior Level

FLSA Classification


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 Legal Director, Litigation leads the Council’s litigation efforts to achieve a fair and just immigration system. The Legal Director, Litigation supervises a team of litigators and directs the Council’s impact litigation, including class actions and amicus brief strategies. In addition, in collaboration with the Legal Director, Transparency, the Legal Director, Litigation oversees the Council’s other legal advocacy, including the drafting and issuance of practice advisories, the provision of technical assistance to immigration attorneys, the convening of litigation strategy meetings, and the development and review of other legal strategies, often in coordination with the Council’s Policy Team and the Immigration Justice Campaign.  The Legal Director, Litigation is a senior staff position.

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

This job may be performed from any location but candidates must be willing to occasionally travel to our office in Washington, DC. and to meetings and conferences nationwide.

Essential Job Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Work:


  • Directs all aspects of the Council’s non-Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.
  • Develops legal strategies, identifies litigation opportunities and partnerships, and prepares litigation memorandum for final approval by the Executive Director.
  • Serves as a senior counsel on litigation, overseeing all aspects of a lawsuit, including outreach to and communication with clients and co-counsel, research, pleadings and briefs, discovery, settlement and other negotiations, oral arguments and appellate work.
  • Negotiates terms of co-counsel agreements and retainer agreements, and drafts and signs such agreements. 
  • Identifies opportunities to submit amicus briefs to federal courts and the immigration agencies; drafts and oversees the drafting of those briefs.
  • With the Legal director, Transparency, oversees the Council’s issuance of legal education materials, working with the legal team to draft and update timely and relevant practice advisories and, as needed, contributing to the Justice Campaign’s education efforts and other relevant Council publications.
  • Represents the legal team in internal working groups to develop legal responses to emerging issues, as needed.
  • With other legal team staff, supports the Legal Director, Transparency with FOIA litigation.
  • Provides practice assistance to immigration practitioners by speaking on panels and providing limited technical assistance.
  • Reviews and writes blogs, website text, and other non-legal documents, such as reports and fact sheets.
  • Represents the Council in the media and at conferences and other public speaking engagements, as appropriate.
  • With other legal team staff, develop and host an annual litigation strategy meeting addressing cutting edge immigration issues and convening litigators from around the country.
  • Performs other related duties and tasks, as assigned.
  • Supports the Immigration Justice Campaign through litigation and technical assistance.

Other Programmatic Work

Management and Development:

  • In collaboration with the Legal Director, Transparency and the Managing Director of Programs, sets legal team goals, tracks progress, and provides reports to the Executive Director, board and others.
  • In collaboration with the Legal Director, Transparency, develops and manages the legal team budget.
  • Provides supervision and mentorship to legal staff.
  • Works with development and communications staff to ensure legal work is communicated to target audiences to support development strategies; ensures  legal team staff are appropriately deployed to various conferences and other speaking engagements; develops relationships and partnerships that may lead to new funding sources for the Council.
  • Works with the Managing Director of Programs, as needed, on grant proposals and grant reports. 

Required Education and Experience

  • J.D. Degree required
  • Admission to any State Bar
  • Minimum of 5 years of immigration law experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in federal court litigation, including some class action experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of management and strategy experience.

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.