Senior Staff Attorney, CGRS


The position is a dynamic one that will reflect the vision and flexibility of the
organization in the changing landscape of attacks on refugee rights.
The Staff Attorney will report directly to the CGRS Director of Litigation. This role will be
focused on CGRS’s Training & Technical Assistance and Litigation programs and will be
involved in CGRS other core program area of Policy & Advocacy as it relates to ongoing
attorney mentorship and litigation efforts.



  • Design and conduct trainings, including in-person and webinars or other presentations as well as research and write on key legal issues for public dissemination, including practice advisories and other resource materials.
  • Respond to attorney requests for technical assistance at all levels of adjudication, including consulting on legal strategy, reviewing, and providing feedback on legal documents, and performing legal research.
  • Collaborate in developing and leading innovative federal litigation and advocacy to protect and expand the rights of asylum seekers. This includes conducting factual investigations; performing legal research; drafting motions, briefs, and other court filings; conducting discovery; appearing in court; and maintaining communication with directly impacted individuals and community-based organizations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the private immigration bar, pro bono
    counsel, non-profit immigration practitioners and other stakeholders supporting
    asylum seekers.
  • Represent CGRS in various fora, including local, national, and international
    coalitions, working groups, and the press.
  •  Participate in other projects and duties across CGRS’s core program areas on an as needed basis.


  • J.D. degree and admission to practice law in California or Washington, DC, as well as state of residence if working remotely.
  •  At least five (5) years of experience representing individuals in asylum and other immigration cases in a defensive posture at different levels of adjudication including appeals and/or other relevant federal court litigation. *Will consider exceptional candidates with less experience.
  • Experience working in the immigrants' rights area preferred.
  • Commitment to refugee, human rights, and/or social justice issues.
  • Commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive, anti-racist working environment.
  • Excellent legal research, analysis, fact investigation, drafting, and editing skills.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Experience mentoring and supervising junior attorneys, pro bono attorneys, law clerks, and/or support staff and interns.
  • Experience training, teaching, or presenting on substantive immigration law and practical skills preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole a plus.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume at this link. CGRS will review
applications on a rolling basis and encourages individuals to apply by June 11, 2023.