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.
Your Role …
The Technical Assistance Attorney will be a national resource for attorneys and mentors engaged in pro bono detained removal defense (including bond, parole, asylum, cancellation of removal, and motions to reopen) through the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (the Council), and the American Immigrant Representation Project. The Attorney’s primary responsibility will be to provide mentorship and technical support to pro bono attorneys working with bond representation projects affiliated with the Campaign. The Attorney will also assist the Senior Technical Assistance Attorney in fielding pro bono inquiries on substantive relief and release strategies for a wide variety of other Campaign cases, tracking such inquiries to facilitate data-driven iteration of the Campaign’s pro bono models, and aiding in the preparation of training materials and resources for attorneys engaged in pro bono detained removal defense. Through this work, the Attorney will help the Campaign to devise and execute innovative case support strategies to scale pro bono representation for detained immigrants in new ways. The Attorney will work under the supervision of the Campaign’s Senior Technical Assistance Attorney in AILA’s Practice and Professionalism Center.
Essential job functions of this role include:
- Bond Hearing Representation Projects (60% time spent)
Providing training, technical assistance and mentorship to pro bono attorneys representing detained clients in bond proceedings (including the Campaign’s remote representation project in which pro bono attorneys appear telephonically for their clients’ bond hearing
- Overall Technical Assistance (25% time spent)
Providing training, technical assistance and mentorship to pro bono attorneys working on a wide variety of matters for detained clients, including expedited removal and credible and reasonable fear proceedings, motions to reopen, and appeals.
- Volunteer Resources (5% time spent)
Collaborating with the Justice Campaign’s Senior Training Attorney and Senior Technical Assistance Attorney to ensure that appropriate educational and training materials are available to support Campaign volunteers’ work
- Project Development (5% time spent)
Collaborating with other members of the Justice Campaign team to implement innovative training and mentor models aimed at scaling pro bono representation in ways which are both efficient and effective.
- Other (5% time spent)
Staffing other campaign projects and duties as assigned
Your Background …
J.D. degree required. Minimum of 3 years of experience in detained removal defense, including bond and parole.
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.
AILA received recognition as a 50 Best Places to Work by Washingtonian Magazine and one of the Principal 10 Best for Employee Financial Security. Our diverse membership is comprised of knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated professionals who constantly work to navigate the complex practice of immigration law.
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.
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).