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Director of Litigation

CGRS is excited to announce its search for a Director of Litigation. This new position follows our re-organization after significant growth, and offers an opportunity to lead and shape an expanding docket of high-profile litigation at all levels of the federal and immigration courts, including affirmative impact cases. CGRS’s litigation is strategic and selective, furthering our core mission to advance the fundamental rights of refugees and asylum seekers through systemic change.

In the past two years, CGRS has been at the forefront of some of the most important national impact cases defending against relentless attacks on these rights. Our docket includes federal affirmative litigation, brought with co-counsel, to challenge the “Return to Mexico” and “Safe Third Country” policies targeting asylum seekers at the border; representation of Ms. A-B- in the Matter of A-B- case, used as a vehicle to undermine asylum for survivors of domestic violence; numerous appellate matters before the federal courts of appeal; a class action detention challenge; immigration court representation to advance novel strategies; and others. 

The Director of Litigation will be a core part of the CGRS leadership team and will report to our Legal Director. We seek someone who will develop and spearhead groundbreaking cases, and serve as a leading voice in national efforts to ensure justice and due process for asylum seekers. CGRS, part of UC Hastings College of Law, offers excellent benefits and an inspiring and collegial working environment. For a snapshot of our 2019 highlights and key achievements over the last twenty years, please visit here.

Internship Opportunities

We are deeply appreciative of the contributions of law clerks, interns and volunteers; our work would not be possible without them.

Law Clerks:

CGRS encourages law students to apply for unpaid clerkships during the academic year, and for our summer fellowships. Law clerks are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work, collaborating closely with CGRS lawyers in projects that might include research and writing on cutting-edge legal issues, developing training and technical assistance materials, or helping with international human rights projects.

We are currently accepting applications for the spring and summer of 2020:

Undergraduate and Recent Graduate Interns:

CGRS hires motivated individuals (undergraduates and recent graduates) for non-legal internships year round, generally for 8-12 week periods of time. Our spring and fall interns usually work anywhere from 2 to 5 days per week, depending on the individual. Our summer interns are generally full-time.

We are currently accepting applications for spring and summer of 2020:


CGRS hires unpaid volunteer attorneys for legal internships through the fall, winter and spring, generally for part-time or full-time positions. Cover letters, CVs, writing samples and 3 references can be sent to with the subject line "Volunteer Attorney Application." Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Dedicated and motivated volunteers play a key role in our work to defend refugees fleeing persecution. While the work varies depending on the skills and interests of each individual, volunteers with CGRS generally take on tasks performing vital human rights/country conditions research, identifying expert witnesses, conducting legal research, and working on development and communications to manage our social media and website. In the past, law students, undergraduate students and recent graduates, and attorneys have volunteered with CGRS.

Pro Bono Attorney Opportunities

If you are a pro bono attorney and want to take on an asylum case, please contact the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR).

Visiting Scholars

CGRS has been privileged to host attorneys, scholars, adjudicators, and other visitors from around the world as part of our Visiting Scholar program. For more information, contact us by email.

The Refugee and Human Rights Clinic

Students at UC Hastings can receive credit for working with CGRS by enrolling in the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. For application forms and more information about the clinic, click here.

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