Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the leading advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their loved ones. NILC’s mission is grounded in the belief that everyone living in the U.S. — regardless of race, gender/gender identity, immigration status, or economic status — should have equal access to justice, resources, and educational and economic opportunities that enable them to achieve their full human potential. NILC is committed to advancing its mission — which intersects race, immigration status, and class — through a racial, economic, and gender justice and equity orientation.
Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC seeks to achieve just laws and policies that address systemic inequities, create narrative and culture change for an inclusive and equitable society, and build a healthier and more powerful movement. For more information, please visit www.nilc.org. and www.immigrantjusticefund.org/
The Supervising Attorney is an integral member of NILC’s Legal Management Team and is charged – with the support of the Legal Director and Deputy Legal Director – with the day-to-day supervision of the Legal Department’s staff attorneys, senior staff attorneys, and NILC’s litigation and legal advocacy. Working under the direct supervision of the Deputy Legal Director, and the general supervision of the Legal Director, the Supervising Attorney will be responsible for helping to grow and maintain a legal docket that furthers NILC’s priorities and strategies and that advances the rights of immigrants with low-income.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Supervise, support, and mentor Staff and Senior Staff Attorneys in the performance of their job duties, including in the identification, development, and litigation of complex civil cases in federal and state courts.
- Lead litigation teams of Staff and Senior Staff Attorneys, Paralegals, and administrative Staff in the development and conduct of impact litigation on a range of issues. Support staff to, and, as needed, prepare pleadings, motions, and briefs; conduct discovery; present oral arguments; and handle appeals.
- Strategically, creatively, and boldly oversee and advance plaintiff-driven, community-grounded impact litigation in combination with NILC’s other core strategies of policy advocacy, communications, and movement building to advance NILC’s vision and mission.
- Facilitate collaboration and develop multi-pronged campaign strategies with staff across the organization, including the Communications Department; Campaigns Department; Policy & Advocacy Department; and Federal Advocacy Department.
- Advance and, as needed, lead NILC’s administrative and legislative advocacy, including providing legal analysis and technical assistance to NILC colleagues; government officials and staff; the media; organizers; and advocates and attorneys nationwide. Provide support to other staff on issues of subject-matter expertise.
- Serve as a legal and litigation expert in coalitions with external partners.
- Proactively report to leadership about programmatic developments, administrative needs and broader institutional concerns, opportunities, and needs, while identifying and collaborating on constructive solutions.
- Participate in management of the Legal Department as member of the Legal Management Team
- Respond to requests for legal assistance.
- Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Legal Director and Legal Director.
- Effectively supervise, support, and mentor Staff and Senior Staff Attorneys in the performance of their job duties.
- The Supervising Attorney will be evaluated based on the ability effectively to supervise, mentor, teach, and evaluate Staff and Senior Staff Attorneys in their performance of their overall job duties, including on substantive legal and advocacy work as well on compliance with organizational protocols and policies. The Supervising Attorney will be evaluated on: (a) successfully setting high standards of performance for individual staff members, while providing coaching and mentorship, feedback, and corrective action when necessary to support staff in meeting those standards; (b) their development and advancement, in collaboration with the attorneys whom they oversee, of work plans which include plans for professional staff development and growth; and (c) their effective service as a mentor, teacher, and thought partner to their supervisees, as well as other staff members as needed.
- Successfully lead litigation teams of Staff and Senior Staff Attorneys, Paralegals, and administrative staff in the identification, development, and conduct of impact litigation in coordination with NILC’s other core strategies of policy advocacy, communications, and movement building.
- The Supervising Attorney will be evaluated on their ability to lead litigation teams to investigate, develop, and litigate impact cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts, in collaboration with NILC’s relevant policy advocacy, communications, and campaign efforts. The Supervising Attorney will be evaluated on: a) the ability to build and lead effective case teams that take a plaintiff-centered approach to litigation; b) demonstrated success guiding and mentoring Staff Attorneys in the development of their litigation skills; and c) facilitation of multi-pronged strategies in which litigation is effectively coordinated with NILC’s policy advocacy, communications, and campaign work.
- Successfully exercising leadership responsibilities. Including effectively model shared leadership, constructive problem-solving, and the promotion of a collaborative and team-oriented work environment.
- The Supervising Attorney will be evaluated their ability to: a) serve as a leader in the Legal Department in a way that incorporates and leverages the skills and contributions of all team members; b) identify administrative and personnel needs and broader institutional concerns in a constructive and proactive way that includes proposed solutions; c) foster a collaborative work environment and contribute positively to team dynamics; and d) reflect NILC’s and the Legal Department’s values inside and outside the organization.
- Supervises NILC Staff Attorneys and Senior Staff Attorneys
- Manages external consultants, as needed
- Supervises law students and legal fellows, as needed
- Education and Experience:
- · JD degree and active member in good standing of a State Bar Association required
- · Minimum of 12 years of litigation experience, at least six of which must be complex federal civil litigation
- · Demonstrated experience in the investigation, development, and litigation of impact cases
- · Demonstrated success leading case teams
- · Demonstrated success supervising or mentoring other attorneys, fellows, and/or interns
- · Expertise in civil rights or anti-discrimination law, federal class action litigation, or another substantive area of law that impacts immigrants with low-income strongly preferred
- · Bilingual Spanish, Haitian Creole, or other language ability a plus
- Mastery of complex civil litigation procedures, including, for example, class action certification, discovery, motion practice, oral argument, jury trial presentation, post-trial and appellate practice, and costs and fees calculations (required).
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including legal writing for litigation purposes and narrative writing for advocacy and other communication purposes.
- Demonstrated ability to investigate, develop, and lead impact litigation, including, but not limited to, proficiency in: investigation and development of impact cases; research and writing; motion practice; oral arguments; taking and defending depositions; drafting and responding to discovery; managing plaintiff relationships; and mediation and/or settlement negotiations.
- Commitment to economic, racial, and social justice with a passion for immigrants’ rights.
- Commitment to fostering an anti-racist work culture and anti-racist principles and learning, including an approach to management and supervision that recognizes and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion for all.
- Orientation to a coaching, teaching, and mentoring model of supervision and capacity and ability to serve as a leader, teacher, and mentor for colleagues.
- Ability to supervise attorneys in the performance of their job duties, while promoting their professional development and growth, including providing coaching, feedback, and corrective action, when necessary, with fairness and consistency.
- Demonstrated ability to build and lead effective case teams that incorporate the skills and contributions of all team members while promoting a team-based approach.
- Demonstrated commitment to leveraging all of NILC’s strategies of litigation, policy advocacy, movement building, and communications to advance NILC’s mission.
- Sound judgment in decision-making, as well as in building and managing relationships internally and with external partners.
- Confidence and comfort communicating with people from many different organizations with a range of backgrounds, particularly cross-culturally with ability to engage with cultural humility.
- Track record of initiating projects and seeing them through to completion.
- Ability to work effectively in case teams and with external co-counsel or in a coalition setting comprised of multiple organizational partners with demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts constructively.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills. Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Capacity for follow-through and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines.
- Ability and willingness to pro-actively identify problems and propose solutions.
- Ability to work with substantial independence.
- Familiarity with US Supreme Court and appellate practice and constitutional law.
- NILC is currently operating remotely, with offices anticipated to re-open when public health conditions allow. Some of overnight interstate travel may be required; generally, travel is quarterly to the NILC DC office or periodically to another location within the US for litigation or other purposes for 3-5 nights, some overtime, including nights and weekends, may be required. This role is NOT represented by NILC Union.
- Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods
- Communicating with others to exchange information.
- Repeating motions, like typing or answering a phone, that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
- Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
LA or DC preferred, but remote options will be considered.
Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest and experience for the position.
Salary is competitive and commensurate to experience, and will be between $118,000-$139,800.
NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.