The mission of the National Immigration Litigation Alliance is to realize systemic change in the immigrant rights’ arena by engaging in impact litigation and by building the capacity of social justice attorneys to litigate in federal court.
NILA is dedicated to championing the rights of noncitizens, or those perceived to be noncitizens, and to elevating the capacity and quality of the lawyers who represent them. Our team has more than 50 years of collective experience in litigation on behalf of immigrants’ rights, including national and regional class actions, petitions for review, habeas actions, mandamus suits, damages litigation, and litigation under the Freedom of Information Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.
NILA’s impact litigation work includes affirmative district court litigation to extend the rights of noncitizens or to eliminate systemic obstacles they or their immigration counsel routinely face; select circuit level litigation, including petitions for review or direct appeals, that have the potential to establish the law for a region of the country; and amicus briefing to assist federal courts in their consideration of key legal issues.
NILA believes in learning by doing and that attorneys are stronger together. We understand that federal court can be daunting for newer attorneys as well as more experienced attorneys filing a new type of federal court case. NILA attorneys co-counsel a variety of cases, allowing existing counsel to learn litigation skills while simultaneously having the legal expertise and support to present the strongest case possible.
Immigration law has been compared to the internal revenue code; it is complex and can be hard to navigate, even for immigration attorneys. Experienced NILA attorneys provide a range of technical assistance, including individual case analysis and answering questions related to federal court litigation procedure or strategy. TO JOIN NILA, CLICK THE READ MORE LINK BELOW.
Meet Our Team
SENIOR STAFF Attorney
Meet Our Advisory Committee
Stanford Law School
Director, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Associate Dean of Clinical Education
American Civil Liberties Union
Deputy Director, Immigrants’ Rights Project
Director, Applied Research
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Amnesty International, National Director
Advocacy and Government Affairs
Chief Executive Officer
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Marc Van Der Hout
Van Der Hout LLP
Yale Law School & stanford law school
Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar / Professor of the Practice of Law
National Immigration Litigation Alliance, Inc.
Tel: (617) 819-4649