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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA)

General Attorney

The Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeks candidates for the position of General Attorney located in Atlanta, GA.

As a General Attorney, you will perform the following duties at the full performance level:

– Represent the United States Government in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges, frequently involving applicants for asylum or for other forms of relief under immigration laws

– Provide expert legal counsel in the interpretation of highly complex immigration and customs laws including comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of statutory, regulatory and case authorities

– Prepare cases for trial by conducting legal research; preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, stipulations, affidavits, and other legal documents

– Prepare witnesses for trial; conducting direct examination and cross examination; presenting oral arguments advancing ICE’s legal position; negotiating the disposition of cases with opposing counsel; and advising the Chief Counsel and/or Deputy Chief Counsel on cases potentially warranting deferred action or other exercise of prosecutorial discretion

– Construct litigation reports for U.S. Attorneys’ Offices on civil matters pending in the federal courts involving ICE, and serves as liaison between DOJ’s Office of lmmigration Litigation and the local field office on immigration matters pending in the Circuit Courts of Appeals

– Provide legal advice and support to the other ICE components and litigation support to United States Attorney’s Offices in immigration and/or customs matters. The position also involves appellate advocacy before the Board of Immigration Appeals, including the preparation of briefs and other pleadings.

Interested applicants should review the job requirements and qualifications on the USA Jobs website (

Applicants may apply through the USA Jobs website or by email directly to the OPLA Atlanta Field Office. Emailed applications should include a cover letter, current resume, legal writing sample, proof of current, active bar membership, and a copy of the applicant’s law school transcript (if graduated less than 5 years ago).

Salary Range: $55,765 – $122,077 per year

Submit resume and cover letter to:


Position Status: Full Time
Position Type: Federal
Application Opening Date: 03/04/2022
Application Closing Date: 09/30/2022