Litigation Counsel

The Tahirih Justice Center seeks to hire a Litigation Counsel to identify, implement, and run impact litigation in federal courts affecting Tahirih clients’ interests and rights. The Litigation Counsel will work independently, with other Tahirih attorneys, and with pro bono partners to manage affirmative litigation and amicus briefing to represent Tahirih’s interests. 

The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:  

  • Working with the Senior Litigation Counsel and the Public Policy team to identify goals and objectives to be addressed with litigation and advocacy, and to identify appropriate litigation to further Tahirih’s goals
  • Collaborating with and assisting immigration staff attorneys in appeals cases that go to federal court 
  • Coordinating and managing litigation on Tahirih’s behalf with pro bono law firms, including both direct litigation and amicus matters
  • Coordinating with Tahirih’s advocacy team and communications staff, and keeping abreast of developing issues and potential litigation solutions
  • J.D. degree from accredited law school and member in good standing with a state bar association
  • Excellent legal writing, research, and analysis skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Minimum of 5 years of legal experience with at least 3 years of experience in federal court litigation and/or appellate practice, demonstrated experience in APA claims preferred
  • Cultural humility and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and individuals 
  • An understanding of the immigration system and a strong commitment to improve the rights of immigrants
  • Experience and skill managing pro bono attorneys, preferred

Annual salary and benefits:  Competitive compensation depends on experience. Generous benefits include fully-paid employee health, vision and dental insurance; a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a very generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s. 

About the Tahirih Justice Center:  The Tahirih Justice Center is a growing national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, Congress, and communities. Through pro bono holistic legal services, community outreach and education and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih’s 70 employees work from offices in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Submissions:  Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three references.

Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Tahirih Justice Center is committed to equal opportunity and promotes equity and transparency as core values. Tahirih practices inclusiveness in decision making through the use of consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih does not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Applicants committed to equity from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities are encouraged to apply. 

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