Work With CAIR-Alabama


Civil Rights Attorney

Overview:

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, Police Practices and Corrections

Location: Birmingham, AL


The Position/Role:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Alabama (CAIR-Alabama) seeks a Civil Rights Attorney. CAIR-Alabama is a chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and civil liberties organization in the United States.

We are looking for an Alabama-barred attorney with 0-5 years of experience and a demonstrated commitment to public-interest law. The incumbent will help expand the civil rights department and forge alliances with other civil rights organizations and practitioners. She/he will be responsible for all aspects of client representation, including intake, factual and legal research, settlement, litigation, and referral to outside counsel as appropriate. She/he will also help develop and implement creative legal and advocacy approaches to systemic issues facing the Muslim community in Alabama.

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


Qualifications:

  • Alabama Bar admission (or pending admission)

  • Litigation experience, particularly in the fields of civil rights or employment discrimination, and experience handling immigration cases is preferred but not required

  • Top-third law school graduation rank or law journal is preferred

  • Strong time management skills with a demonstrated ability for meeting deadlines

  • 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

  • Familiarity with Muslims and Islamic cultures

  • Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout Alabama

  • 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 and MS Outlook

  • Arabic, Urdu or Bengali proficiency is a plus

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation projects and advocacy campaigns that advance CAIR-Alabama’s strategic priorities and responds to civil rights concerns facing the Muslim community and other marginalized groups

  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs

  • Interview witnesses and potential clients

  • Participate in discovery and trial practice

  • Attend meetings and/or conferences as needed (travel throughout Alabama will be required)

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


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: civilrights@cairalabama.org with the subject line “Civil Rights Attorney”.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Compensation:

  • Compensation commensurate with skills and experience

  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

  • BAR membership, CLE funding support, and malpractice insurance

 

CAIR-AL is an equal opportunity employer.