Job Type

Full Time



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1331 G Street, NW
Suite 300
United States


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

Department Summary

AILA’s Publications and Online Resources Department administers all content for the association, including the website, daily e-newsletter, print and digital publications, and an online immigration- law research library. The department is comprised of two divisions: Publications and Online Resources.

Position Summary

The Legal Editor works with the Publications Manager and the Director of Publications and Online Resources to produce core publications that will best serve AILA’s membership while simultaneously generating revenue for the association. Specifically, the person in this position is responsible for editorial and production processes associated with publication of print and electronic practice resources; working with outside vendors, outside authors, and in-house and contract editorial staff; and planning and goal setting.

Essential Job Functions

Editorial and Production: Serve as editor of single-authored books as well as compilations. Recruit authors and edit book and periodical materials while adhering to stated production deadlines. Produce final pages and review proofs prior to publication. Ensure accuracy of legal content before publication.

Relationship Management:  Manage authors and/or publishing vendors and provide ongoing support to authors, ensuring timely delivery of manuscripts or other content.

AILALink and Training:  Share responsibility as staff trainer for AILALink (AILA’s electronic research library) and (AILA’s website) with other department staff.

Project Management:  Assist Director of Publications and Online Resources and/or the Publications Manager with business goals.

Minimum Job Requirements

Three years’ experience in some combination of legal writing and/or legal practice, or coursework and/or experience in area(s) of immigration law. Legal publishing experience is a plus. Experience must demonstrate: excellent writing and editing skills, the ability to work under pressure, acute attention to detail, and the capacity to manage numerous tasks simultaneously while consistently meeting daily deadlines.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities / Other requirements

·        Excellent grammar, editing, and writing skills

·        Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

·        Meticulous attention to detail

·        Solid editorial judgment

·        Ability to carry out assigned projects within stated deadlines


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, and on-site fitness room. 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.  

Level of Language Proficiency

Four-year undergraduate degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a related field. J.D. degree required. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please provide a writing sample and cover letter with resume.