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Full-time Staff Positions

Paralegal Specialist

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a non-partisan, national public interest law firm dedicated to promoting a balanced and responsible legal philosophy to govern the interpretation of U.S. immigration law. IRLI is dedicated to ensuring immigration to the United States is both properly controlled and limited to the benefit of the American people. IRLI’s boutique-sized staff and expertise in immigration law enables it to offer premier legal services to individuals, organizations, and government officials in federal and state courts and before government agencies. IRLI has recently created Attorneys United for a Secure America (AUSA), an association of talented attorneys dedicated to pursuing cases prioritizing national security, defending our nation’s borders, safeguarding the public, protecting jobs, and valuing America’s natural resources. 

 

Position Summary:

The Paralegal Specialist (PS) will work directly with IRLI and AUSA attorneys to prepare legal documents, research legal precedent, and develop and maintain an index system for current and prospective cases. Our caseload is growing and the ideal candidate for this position is organized, professional, responsible, and committed to helping us meet all of our clients’ needs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assists the Executive Director and department directors in managing firm caseload;

  • Tracks current and prospective cases using a tracking system;

  • Performs legal research;

  • Supports attorneys by proofreading, editing, formatting and finalizing legal documents through to execution, at all times exhibiting a diligent and meticulous approach to detail;

  • Prepares, maintains, retrieves and delivers case files and documents as requested;

  • Updates IRLI’s library; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Paralegal certificate or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • 3+ years of relevant experience.

  • Knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office Suite of applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint).

  • Legal research skills with proficiency in Lexis-Nexis and PACER.

  • Outstanding organizational skills.

  • Demonstrate good communication skills both verbally and in writing.

This position is located in IRLI’s headquarters in Washington, DC and is a full-time, exempt position. IRLI offers generous benefits and salary is commensurate with experience.

Before applying, please familiarize yourself with IRLI’s mission. To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample to info@irli.org.

Investigations Counsel

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a non-partisan, national public interest law firm dedicated to promoting a balanced and responsible legal philosophy to govern the interpretation of U.S. immigration law. IRLI is dedicated to ensuring immigration to the United States is both properly controlled and limited to the benefit of the American people. IRLI’s boutique-sized staff and expertise in immigration law enables it to offer premier legal services to individuals, organizations, and government officials in federal and state courts and before government agencies.

 

Position Summary:

IRLI is seeking Investigations Counsel who will manage its investigative legal work, including lawsuits brought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing legal oversight to IRLI investigations;

  • Prosecuting FOIA or other public records lawsuits;

  • Assisting with other litigation tasks as needed;

  • Preparing presentations and reports on projects to the Director of Litigation; and

  • Performing other related duties as assigned.

 

Minimum requirements include:

  • J.D. Degree

  • Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. District Court for D.C. (or eligible to waive in to bars)

  • Five to ten+ years of litigation experience, including at least one to three years’ experience in FOIA litigation

  • Motivated self-starter who is able to work independently as well as with others

  • Possess superb interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills

  • Ability to analyze and resolve novel, complex issues with a resourceful, “can-do” attitude

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities, and prioritize work in a dynamic, deadline-intensive environment

  • Commitment to excellence

  • Experience with constitutional law issues preferred

 

This position is located in IRLI’s headquarters in Washington, DC and is a full-time, exempt position. IRLI offers generous benefits and salary is commensurate with experience.

Before applying, please familiarize yourself with IRLI’s mission. To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample to info@irli.org.

Staff Counsel

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a non-partisan, national public interest law firm dedicated to promoting a balanced and responsible legal philosophy to govern the interpretation of U.S. immigration law. IRLI is dedicated to ensuring immigration to the United States is both properly controlled and limited to the benefit of the American people. IRLI’s boutique-sized staff and expertise in immigration law enables it to offer premier legal services to individuals, organizations, and government officials in federal and state courts and before government agencies.

 

Position Summary:

IRLI is seeking Staff Counsel. The individual in this position, under the supervision of the Director of Litigation, will manage his or her own case load and all aspects of litigation and pre-litigation demands, including the development of case strategy/assessment, discovery, document preservation and collection, drafting and editing of pleadings and briefs, preparing witnesses for interviews, depositions and trial, attending hearings, mediations, court conferences and trials, and appellate briefing and argument, as necessary.

 

Minimum requirements include:

  • J.D. Degree

  • Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar (or eligible to waive into the same).

  • Five to ten+ years of litigation experience

  • Motivated self-starter who is able to work independently as well as with others

  • Possess superb interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills

  • Ability to analyze and resolve novel, complex issues with a resourceful, “can-do” attitude

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities, and prioritize work in a dynamic, deadline-intensive environment

  • Commitment to excellence

  • Experience with constitutional law issues preferred

 

This position is located in IRLI’s headquarters in Washington, DC and is a full-time position. IRLI offers generous benefits and salary is commensurate with experience.

Before applying, please familiarize yourself with IRLI’s mission. To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to info@irli.org.

Investigative Associate

 The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a non-partisan, national public interest law firm dedicated to promoting a balanced and responsible legal philosophy to govern the interpretation of U.S. immigration law. IRLI is dedicated to ensuring immigration to the United States is both properly controlled and limited to the benefit of the American people. IRLI’s boutique-sized staff and expertise in immigration law enables it to offer premier legal services to individuals, organizations, and government officials in federal and state courts and before government agencies.

 

Position Summary:

 The Investigative Associate (IA) reports to the IRLI Director of Investigations for most matters and is responsible for assisting IRLI’s investigative efforts in exposing public officials and holding others accountable to the rule of law who undermine the nation’s immigration system. The IA is also responsible for assisting in advancing IRLI’s public presence and educational objectives.

 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Conduct investigative research and analysis using open-source and commercial databases to develop leads on immigration issues for submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

  • Draft and/or review FOIA and open records requests.

  • Submit FOIA or open records requests to federal, state, and local agencies for records that may have a significant interest to the American public on immigration issues.

  • Assist in maintaining the FOIA Case Management System, including entering data and tracking FOIA and open records requests.

  • Review production records received from government agencies and prepare reports on significant findings.

  • Prepare FOIA appeal letters to respond to agency denial letters.

  • Investigate complaints and requests for assistance from the public.

  • Produce written materials upon request.

  • Produce monthly activity reports.

  • Liaison with agencies or other organizations to advance IRLI’s mission.

  • Assist the Director of Investigations on various projects, as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

  • Knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act. One or more years’ FOIA experience is required.

  • Knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office Suite of applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint).

  • Demonstrate good communication skills both verbally and in writing.

 

This position is located in IRLI’s headquarters in Washington, DC and is a full-time, exempt position. IRLI offers generous benefits and salary is commensurate with experience.

Before applying, please familiarize yourself with IRLI’s mission. To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to info@irli.org.

IRLI Internships and Clerkships
IRLI offers a limited number of internships and clerkships on both a full-time and part-time basis during the summer and academic year. Interns and law clerks typically perform research, draft legal memoranda, attend hearings, review and analyze documents, write blog posts, and perform other tasks while working on cases of national importance. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to info@irli.org.

IRLI is a supporting organization of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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