We have an immediate opening for a full-time Civil Rights Attorney to join our growing team in Sacramento. This position offers a unique opportunity to provide leadership in and work on civil rights challenges impacting American Muslims in a grassroots, community-centered environment. The Civil Rights Attorney will be expected to identify, strategize and use creative legal solutions to address systematic issues facing the American Muslim community.

Practice Areas: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (Religious Freedom), Employment, National Security & Law Enforcement Practices

Apply to Be Our Civil Rights Attorney

  • To finish applying, please email your cover letter, resume, a writing sample and references to info@sacval.cair.com.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify, develop, and lead litigation efforts, including, preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Conduct intakes and investigate legal claims through effective communication with an incredibly diverse community
  • Manage a considerable caseload (our attorneys currently manage approximately 100+ intakes each 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, issuing briefings, and reports
  • Communicate with outside parties such as attorneys, employers, law enforcement agents, administrative agencies, media contacts, etc.
  • Work to educate and empower community members on their rights through community presentations and material distributions
  • Provide expertise and guidance to the CAIR-SV legal team
  • Travel for outreach including participating in community events and coalition meetings
  • All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising and other office tasks.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law degree from an American Bar Association accredited school
  • California State Bar admission
  • At minimum two years of experience advocating for, representing and/or litigating on behalf of clients in areas such as employment law, religious discrimination, public accommodation, denial of benefits by governmental and private actors in courts and administrative agencies
  • 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 Sacramento Valley and Central California
  • 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)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS & LOCATION
The Civil Rights Attorney will be based in CAIR’s Sacramento office and report to the Executive Director.

TIME COMMITMENT
Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends required.

COMPENSATION

  • 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: info@sacval.cair.com with the subject line “Civil Rights Attorney.”

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer.