Job Description:

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab seeks to fill a staff attorney position with someone with federal court and/or appellate litigation experience. CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab responds proactively to disproportionate legal injustices detained immigrant adults and children face by expanding cutting-edge impact litigation to engender systemic change through legal precedent that benefits broad groups of immigrants. We provide an innovative space to engage in this litigation with major pro bono law firm partners to leverage limited resources for the maximum impact.

Description of responsibilities:

  • Identifying, developing, and participating in federal, appellate, and state-level impact litigation, including novel theories of litigation involving constitutional due process claims and Administrative Procedure Act claims.
  • Filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and conducting FOIA litigation.
  • Submitting friend of the court amicus briefs to the circuit courts.
  • Providing technical legal assistance to other advocates on a variety of legal issues affecting immigrants in detention, including the intersection of criminal and immigration law.
  • Mentor and co-counsel with teams of pro bono attorneys on cases through the life of the case.
  • Educating pro bono attorneys and other advocates through trainings and panels, development and maintenance of practice advisories and other legal resources, and relevant outreach.
  • Implementing the programmatic priorities of CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab and mentoring staff.


  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and member in good standing with a state bar association.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and develop innovative litigation approaches.
  • Experience in federal court and/or appellate litigation, including experience filing actions in district court.
  • Strong legal research skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, with the ability to produce high-quality written briefs at a fast pace.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and willingness to work quickly and share tasks with a team in a balanced way.
  • Experience clerking at a circuit court preferred but not required.
  • Experience or knowledge of immigration and/or criminal issues preferred but not required.
  • Spanish fluency preferred but not required.
  • Driver’s license and ability to travel occasionally for work.

Salary and Benefits:

Commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays.

Application process:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; early submissions are encouraged, as the position is open immediately. No phone calls please.

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