Business Immigration Litigation Attorney
WFH Flexible Washington, D.C. (Metro Center), DC Government Relations
Job Type
Full-time
Description

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.


DEPARTMENT SUMMARY

The Government Relations team advocates for immigration-related legislative, regulatory, and policy reforms before Congress and the executive branch, consistent with AILA’s principles and priorities. The Government Relations team tracks the development of law, policy and practice and prepares and shares resources and information with AILA members.


THE OPPORTUNITY

The Business Litigation Attorney will work closely with the American Immigration Council and AILA’s high impact litigation committee to 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 on issues in the business/employment-based immigration field. The Business Litigation Attorney will draft and review pleadings and may be required to appear in court. The Business Litigation Attorney works to implement AILA’s mission by promoting greater accountability and transparency in the immigration realm through litigation and advocacy.


The Business 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. 


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Collaborate and coordinate with the American Immigration Council and serve as a strategic thought partner. This role is the staff contact for the AILA High Impact Litigation Committee, 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 and keeping AILA members aware of 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 AILA and American Immigration Council stakeholders in the employment-based immigration community to further litigation opportunities. 
  • Prepare and deliver public presentations and written publications on litigation issues and opportunities.
  • Prepare practice materials and litigation resources to immigration practitioners and mentor AILA members pursuing their own litigation efforts.
  • Provide legal assessment to the AILA amicus committee and Council legal department on business-related amicus briefs. May contribute research and writing such briefs.
  • Support AILA and the American Immigration Council's administrative and legislative advocacy related to business immigration issues.
Requirements

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree. At least 7 years of experience as a practicing attorney, which includes 3-5 years of Federal court litigation experience, with an emphasis on Administrative Procedure Act litigation. A specific focus on employment-based immigration law is preferred. Exposure to the government or non-profit settings is a plus.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS (e.g., language requirement, license requirement, certifications)

Membership in good standing in at least one state bar, with a preference for D.C. 


PHYSICAL / MENTAL / ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Requires sitting at a desk for extended periods of time; walking and standing for extended periods of time throughout the workday; use of a PC workstation for extended hours; lifting up to 20 pounds, and verbal communications with others. Occasional travel. Extended hours, including evening and weekends as needed.


OUR WORKPLACE

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: eight-week paid parental leave and a four-week sabbatical every tenth year of service.


Statement on Diversity:

The American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") 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.


AILA believes that diversity is a strength. AILA 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.


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