Work With CAIR-Alabama
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, Police Practices and Corrections
Location: Birmingham, AL
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.
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.
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: email@example.com with the subject line “Civil Rights Attorney”.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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.