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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 Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AL) is seeking a full-time Civil Rights Attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and serving diverse communities. CAIR- is a recently formed chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and civil liberties organization in the United States. For over 20 years, CAIR has represented countless clients who have been victims of discrimination and harassment, served as the voice of the American Muslim community in the media, and worked to challenge Islamophobia on the local level through interfaith outreach and promoting civic engagement.
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 individual will help to form a new civil rights department at CAIR-AL, a local chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and civil liberties organization in the United States, and will be responsible for growing the department and forging alliances and coalitions with other local legal and civil rights organizations and attorneys. He/she will be responsible for triaging intakes him or herself and with the assistance of legal interns, referring out clients as necessary, and potentially serving as co-counsel for limited litigation based on capacity and need.
Time Commitment: Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends required.
- A Juris Doctor Degree
- Alabama State Bar admission (Note: Bar admissions: any federal court also highly desirable)
- 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
- 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: conversational proficiency in Arabic and/or Urdu
Duties and Responsibilities Include:
- Conduct intakes and investigate legal claims through effective communication with a diverse community
- Perform in-depth legal research related to cases and anticipated cases
- Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters, and memos
- 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
- Develop legal and Civil Rights contact list
- Coordination with CAIR National Civil Rights team and other civil rights organizations as necessary
- Travel for outreach including participating in community events and coalition meetings
- Other duties as assigned
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.