Tara Magner, one of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top attorneys, has resigned to take a position at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago to build a grant program on domestic immigration issues, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced today.
Magner, senior counsel to Leahy, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently had worked on issues of national security and immigration. She held the position since 2009, but had also worked for Leahy and the committee from 2001 to 2006.
“She’s one of my most trusted staffers, a consummate professional,” Leahy said. “She’s done outstanding work. She’s been a mentor to many on this committee. I’m going to miss Tara and one of the reasons I enjoy coming to work here is people like Tara Magner make us all better than we’d be otherwise.”
Magner, who declined an interview through Leahy’s spokeswoman, is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she got her law degree. A faculty profile says Magner was the Director of Policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago from 2006 to 2009.
She was a member of President Barack Obama’s Transition Policy Working Group on Immigration after the 2008 election, the profile states. Manger also served from 2007 to 2009 as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration.
Leahy’s office has not posted any advertisement or made any plans to fill her position, and there is no job opening right now, a spokesperson for the Democrats on the committee said.