Job Announcement: California Bar Foundation Legal Fellow

Job Announcement: California Bar Foundation Legal Fellow
Title: California Bar Foundation Legal Fellow

Job Type: Attorney

Schedule Type: Full-Time

Practice Areas: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (Religious Freedom), Employment, Immigration, National Security, Open Government, and Police Practices, Corrections

Location: Santa Clara, CA

The Position/Role: We seek a full-time California Bar Foundation Legal Fellow with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and serving diverse communities. We are looking for a motivated individual with experience and interest in many different types of public interest law who will be expected to identify, strategize, and use creative legal and grassroots advocacy solutions to address systematic issues facing the American Muslim community. This is a one-year position and part of CAIR-SFBA’s growth following the Election and “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders in an effort to respond to increased need for legal services in the American Muslim community.

About the California Bar Foundation Legal Fellowship Program

Launched in 2015, California Bar Foundation’s Legal Fellowship Program supports diverse, emerging leaders of the legal profession who are committed to representing low-income and underserved populations in California. Our goal is generate career opportunities for diverse attorneys who want to make a social impact.

California Bar Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation. At CBF, we believe that as trustees of the justice system, lawyers have a special responsibility to ensure access to justice. We are working toward a future where empowered donors and community leaders are working together to build a better, more accessible justice system for all Californians. Through this fellowship program, along with our diversity scholarships and grants, the California Bar Foundation is catalyzing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession and, by extension, the justice system as a whole.

Time Commitment: Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends required

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Conduct intakes and investigate legal claims through effective communication with an incredibly diverse community
  • Manage a considerable caseload (our attorneys currently manage 150-200 intakes per year)
  • Perform in-depth legal research
  • Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters, and memos; and non-legal writing including drafting community advisories, issue briefings, and reports
  • Communicate with outside parties such as attorneys, employers, law enforcement agents, administrative agencies, etc.
  • Work to educate and empower diverse community members on their rights through community presentations and material distributions
  • Travel for outreach including participating in community events and coalition meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, and other office tasks.

Required Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an American Bar Association accredited school
  • California State Bar admission (exceptional candidates with pending Bar admission may be considered)
  • Strong time management skills with a demonstrated ability for meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking experience
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout the greater Bay Area
  • High degree of self-motivation and creativity
  • A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR’s mission
  • Basic computer proficiency including knowledge of MS Office, MS Outlook, and WestLaw Next
  • Knowledge of cloud applications such as SharePoint, Office365, and social media applications (preferred)
  • Conversational proficiency in Arabic, Farsi or Urdu (preferred)
  • Experience in civil rights/civil liberties, employment, national security, open government, police practices, corrections, immigrants’ rights, and/or other areas of public interest law (preferred)

This position reports to the Executive Director.


  • Compensation commensurate with skills and experience
  • Generous benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, pension matching program, holidays, vacation, and sick leave
  • BAR membership, CLE funding support, and malpractice insurance

To Apply:

Please send (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) your resume, (3) a brief example of your legal writing, and (4) the names and contact information of three references, to: with the subject line “California Bar Foundation Legal Fellow”.

Application Deadline:

September 4, 2017

CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer.