The National Immigration Project is a national membership organization of lawyers, law students, legal workers and advocates, and jailhouse lawyers working to defend and extend the rights of all noncitizens in the United States, regardless of immigration status. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the United States.
The Legal Director will oversee NIPNLG’s legal work and rebuild and supervise the legal team. The Legal Director will also litigate cases and submit amicus briefs in the organization’s programmatic priority areas, as well as provide technical assistance and training to members and other advocates. Finally, the Legal Director will assist and advise the Executive Director on transition and strategic priorities for the legal team.
Oversees NIPNLG’s legal work and provides direct supervision to the legal staff
Approves staff engagement in legal work
Meets with legal staff to ensure proper case analysis and assessment
Communicates regularly with legal staff about programmatic work
Develops and litigates impact cases in areas of NIPNLG programmatic priorities
Collaborates with immigrants’ rights and community groups on litigation and advocacy
Submits friend of the court briefs in areas of programmatic priorities
Provides technical assistance to members and other advocates
Trains immigration practitioners, criminal defense counsel, and other advocates on immigration law
Publishes practice advisories and other legal materials and updates existing legal resources
Assists in recruitment and supervision of legal interns
Represents NIPNLG on panels, in the media, and in community-facing events
Supports organization-wide initiatives and mentors staff
In collaboration with the ED, implements the NIPNLG programmatic priorities.
Eight to ten years litigation experience
Commitment to immigrants’ rights and social justice
Excellent analytic, advocacy, and legal skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Salary and Benefits
The salary package is commensurate with experience and includes fully paid health, dental, and disability insurance, retirement plan, and four weeks annual leave. This is a union position.
NIPNLG is a national organization. Location for this position is flexible. The executive director is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Please send a cover letter, resume, list of references, and 5-10 page legal writing sample in a single PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Legal Director” in the subject line.
The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is an affirmative action employer that actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons with diverse gender and sexual identities, immigrants, and formerly incarcerated persons. For more information about the organization’s work, see www.nipnlg.org
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national membership organization of lawyers, law students, legal workers and advocates, and jailhouse lawyers working to defend and expand the rights of all noncitizens in the United States, regardless of immigration status. NIPNLG stands at the forefront of immigrant rights, spearheading innovative litigation that has received national attention, and supporting advocacy on criminal justice and immigration issues. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the United States. For further information about the organization and its work, please visit www.nipnlg.org/about.html