Staff Attorney (IRP-45) – Immigrants’ Rights Project, NY or SF

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Jun 11, 2019
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Staff Attorney (IRP-45) – Immigrants’ Rights Project, NY or SF



Title:  Staff Attorney

Office:  National Offices

Location:  New York, NY

Posted:  June 6 2019



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The Immigrants' Rights Project of the ACLU’s National office seeks applications for the full-time position of Staff Attorney to be based in either San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY.  The Attorney will have a primary responsibility to conduct impact litigation and advocacy to advance and enforce immigrants' rights.




  • Identify and develop new litigation and other advocacy projects by conducting factual, legal and strategic analysis and devising relevant theories and materials.
  • Litigate immigrants’ rights cases, including legal research; fact development; working with clients; drafting pleadings, briefs and legal memoranda; engaging in discovery and motion practice; and conducting evidentiary hearings and oral arguments in the trial and appellate courts.
  • Work with colleagues in the ACLU’s Communications and National Political Advocacy Departments to develop public education and other advocacy materials on immigrants’ rights.
  • Articulate ACLU views to a variety of audiences, through public speaking, traditional and social media, and other means.
  • Work with ACLU lobbyists and other legislative and policy advocates to advance the ACLU’s goals on immigration. Support legislative advocacy with legal and policy analysis.
  • Work with and advise ACLU state affiliates and partner organizations on immigrants’ rights issues.
  • Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns.
  • Travel as required for litigation, conferences, and other advocacy opportunities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commit to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.




  • D. degree
  • Admission to practice in the state where the position will be based (New York or California); if not currently admitted to the appropriate state bar, agreement to become admitted within one year of hire.




  • 3+ years of experience
  • Superior analytic, research, and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Commitment to and familiarity with immigrants’ rights, racial and social justice, and civil liberties issues.
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and spoken) preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment.
  • Willingness to travel.




For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.


We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages 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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.


The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.





The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.