Federal Court Litigation Attorney

Remote Work Option Available Government Relations

08 Aug 2019

Remote Work Option Available

Government Relations

Government Relations

Full Time


7 years

FLSA Classification


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.   

Position Summary

The Federal Court Litigation Attorney will 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.  The Federal Court Litigation Attorney will draft and review pleadings and may be required to appear in court.  The Federal Court Litigation Attorney works to implement AILA’s mission by promoting greater accountability and transparency in the immigration realm through litigation and advocacy.

The Federal Court 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.

This position has access to confidential information, and therefore must function in a professional and confidential manner.  Failure to maintain this standard will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Required Education and Training

Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree and membership in good standing in at least one state bar, with a preference for D.C.  

Minimum Job Requirements  

At least 7 years of experience as a practicing attorney, which includes 5-7 years of Federal court litigation experience, with an emphasis on Administrative Procedure Act litigation.  Specific focus on employment-based immigration law is preferred. Exposure to non-profit settings is a plus.

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. 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.

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. 

Candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter when applying for the role.