Immigrants' Rights Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The salary will be in accordance with the ACLU salary scale.




150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
United States


The ACLU of Illinois (ACLU-IL) seeks an Immigrants’ Rights Attorney with 2-7 years of legal experience who will help to expand the organization’s immigrants’ rights work. The attorney will litigate cases and participate in other forms of advocacy to advance the civil and human rights of noncitizens in Illinois and elsewhere. The majority of the position’s time will be spent on immigrants’ rights work in Illinois, and up to 20% on regional or national immigrants’ rights work, at the direction of the National ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP). The attorney will be directly supervised by an ACLU-IL Senior Staff Attorney, with additional oversight and supervision from the organization’s Legal Director.

The attorney will be involved in all aspects of the ACLU-IL’s immigrants’ rights work, which may include litigation, legislative advocacy, outreach, and public education. They will have the opportunity to work closely with attorneys as well as legislative and communications team members to perform the full scope of this work. The attorney will also help to strengthen our relationships with immigrant communities and other organizations that work on immigration issues. 

This is a two-year position subject to renewal.

Responsibilities may include:


  • Litigate cases challenging unconstitutional enforcement practices and other legal abuses.
  • Investigate conditions of confinement in immigration detention facilities for purposes of developing litigation or producing a white paper.
  • Develop advocacy and “know your rights” campaigns.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations throughout Illinois.
  • Meet with key leaders in immigrant communities to learn about community needs and how the ACLU might help address those needs.
  • Under the direction of IRP, provide support for immigrants’ rights work regionally and/or nationally.
  • Public speaking and/or media interviews.



  • 2 to 7 years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Demonstrated commitment to defending civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal communication, as well as public speaking.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and capable of prioritizing and managing numerous tasks in a timely and effective manner.
  • Self-motivated, innovative, and capable of working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Ability to begin position in the near term and, in any event, before October 2018.
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Experience in immigration law and/or working with immigrant communities preferred.


The salary will be in accordance with the ACLU salary scale. Benefits include four weeks paid vacation after first year; 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency strongly preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest, list of references, law school transcript, and legal writing sample to and use the subject line: Immigrants’ Rights Attorney. No calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal record, or veteran status.