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Litigation Attorney

Req ID: 4131
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Other
Job Notes:


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) provides direct legal services to, and advocates for, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change



NIJC seeks an attorney with litigation experience, including complex federal litigation, for a full-time litigation position. We invite applications from attorneys who have a demonstrated commitment to immigrant and civil rights, and who would be interested in, and capable of, playing a lead role in complex innovative litigation and policy advocacy.  Under the supervision of the Director, the litigation attorney will work to develop and implement advocacy strategies in identified areas. Litigation tasks include legal research, drafting of pleadings and briefs, discovery, motion practice, and trials and appeals in both state and federal courts. The litigator will collaborate with the NIJC direct service, policy and communications teams. The litigator will work with pro bono attorneys.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify litigation issues and collaborate with NIJC’s Emergency Response, policy, and litigation teams

  • Develop litigation strategies

  • Conduct legal research and draft pleadings and briefs

  • Collaborate with community-based organizations to identify plaintiffs

  • Lead litigation efforts

  • Work with pro bono partners



  • At least two years of litigation experience in federal court, preferably in the immigration field

  • Self-motivated and committed to civil liberties advocacy

  • Ability to participate in all stages of complex litigation and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills

  • Ability to supervise junior lawyers and to collaborate with cooperating counsel

  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members and diverse community organizations and coalitions

  • Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings with a wide range of individuals and organizations.

  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish strongly preferred.



The salary will be in accordance with the NIJC salary scale. Excellent benefits.



Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest, explanation of litigation and immigration knowledge experience, references, law school transcript, and legal writing sample to the listing posted on the Heartland Careers Portal.


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