Job Announcement: Civil Rights Attorney


Title: Civil Rights Attorney

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 Civil Rights Attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and serving diverse communities. We are looking for a motivated individual with a strong passion for public interest law and experience in representing discriminated individuals in front of administrative bodies/tribunals and courts. The candidate will be expected to identify, strategize, and use creative legal and grassroots advocacy solutions to address systematic issues facing the American Muslim community.

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
  • 2-3 years of experience advocating for, representing and/or litigating on behalf of clients in areas such as employment, 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 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)

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 “Civil Rights Attorney”.

Application Deadline:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received by April 30, 2018.

CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer.