The Office of Immigration Litigation is responsible for all civil litigation arising under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA), as amended (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.), and related statutes. Immigration litigation is primarily defensive in nature, with the volume and character of the cases reflecting the varied personal, political, and economic circumstances that bring persons to the United States. Most immigration cases handled by the Office are suits by individual aliens seeking to avoid or defer expulsion from the United States. Typically, such cases involve claims that have been adjudicated administratively in proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or by the Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), components of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). In general, these cases are heard in the federal circuit courts of appeals, and the Office’s attorneys therefore are expected to brief and argue cases in nearly all of the circuit courts.
OIL will be filling one supervisory Assistant Director position. The Assistant Director will supervise and direct OIL trial attorneys in all phases of litigation, including review of pleadings, briefs, and legal memoranda. The incumbent will ensure compliance with Departmental policy, regulations, and applicable laws, and participate with the Office Director and Deputy Directors in the establishment of policy in the conduct of the Office’s general litigation. The incumbent will also be responsible for various aspects of management of the Office’s non-attorney staff. In addition to supervisory duties, each Assistant Director may also assume primary responsibility for handling some of the most important and difficult immigration cases.
Applications will be accepted only from current GS-15 attorneys of the Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation-Appellate Section.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have experience in trial and appellate work. Applicants must have a strong background in immigration law.
To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 12 pages in length) to:
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to David.McConnell@usdoj.gov
Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service, (FedEx or UPS) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation-Appellate
450 Fifth Street, NW; Room 10000
Washington, D.C. 20001
Attn.: David M. McConnell, Office Director
No telephone calls, please.
Applications will be accepted from February 14, 2020 through February 28, 2020. All materials must be received by the application deadline.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.