Legal Fellow

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Job location
1331 G Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
American Immigration Council
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Legal Fellow will work with the Legal Director, fellow attorneys, the Council’s policy team, and our legal assistant to:

• Pursue legal strategies and advocacy efforts to end family detention, including filing administrative complaints, liaising with government officials and working with the press;
• Contribute to the efforts of the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project on behalf of the Council;
• Represent the Council at meetings and national stakeholder phone calls related to family detention;
• Coordinate legal work nationally on family detention and other immigration law issues;
• Provide practice materials and litigation resources to immigration practitioners; and
• Help educate and mentor immigration practitioners.

This is a one-year, paid, fellowship. The position may be extended based upon performance, funding, and continued operational needs.


JD degree required. At least 3 years’ experience in removal defense and/or immigration advocacy, ideally including familiarity with asylum issues.

To be effective and successful in this position, you should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

• Commitment to the Council’s mission.
• Strong interest in detention issues and dedicated commitment to public interest work.
• Excellent legal research and writing skills.
• Team player.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, including active listening and problem solving skills.
• Demonstrated ability to think creatively and work strategically.
• Working knowledge and proficiency in MSOffice Suite (specifically MSWord, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and PowerPoint).
• Spanish proficiency preferred.

To apply: 

We encourage qualified applicants to submit cover letter, resume and desired salary to: HRCouncil-LegalFellow / [email protected] / 202.783.7853, fax. Cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position, and also what attracts you to our dynamic organization.

Resumes received before April 29, 2016 will receive immediate consideration. Position is open until filled. Position is available starting on June 6, 2016.

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

Equal Opportunity Employer