Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



1612 K Street, NW
Suite 204
United States


The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab seeks to fill a staff attorney position. CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab responds proactively to the disproportionate legal injustices detained immigrant men, women, and children face by expanding cutting-edge impact litigation to engender systemic change through legal precedent that benefits broad groups of immigrants.

The staff attorney works to meet this goal by conducting broad-based research and written pleadings involving a host of issues that touch on novel statutory immigration claims, due process claims, Administrative and Procedures Act claims, and the intersection of criminal and immigration law. While a staff attorney may not have experience in all these facets of law, the right candidate will be able to quickly master these subjects through strong legal research and writing in a fast-paced work environment.

Description of responsibilities:

* Conduct legal research.

* Draft legal pleadings for filing in federal courts and/or immigration agencies.

* Represent clients at the Circuit Court level and/or draft amicus briefs for filing.

* Investigate and collect information to support federal court litigation.

* Provide technical legal assistance to other advocates on a variety of legal issues affecting immigrants at risk of detention and deportation, including the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

* Mentor and co-counsel with teams of pro bono law firm and other nonprofit organization attorneys on cases through the life of the case.

* Educate pro bono attorneys and other advocates through trainings and panels, development and maintenance of practice advisories and other legal resources, litigation coordination, and relevant outreach.

* Implement the programmatic priorities of CAIR Coalition’s Immigration Impact Lab and mentor other CAIR Coalition staff on complex litigation and appeals.


* J.D. degree from an accredited law school and member in good standing with a state bar association. Preference given to those barred in Virginia but not required.

* Experience in federal court and/or appellate litigation.

* Excellent legal research, analytical, and writing skills.

* Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

* Demonstrated ability to identify innovative litigation approaches.

* Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategies, and circumstances.

* Strong organization and time management skills, including the ability to manage and prioritize various short-term and long-term ongoing projects.

* An understanding of the immigration system and strong commitment to improve the rights of detained immigrants.

* Ability to form positive working relationships with people from varied backgrounds.

* Driver’s license and ability to travel occasionally for work.


Benefits package that includes medical, vision and dental insurance and four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, a list of references, 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.