Trial Attorney

Position: Trial Attorney (Full-time salaried)
Location: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Reports to: General Counsel & National Litigation Director

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Brief Description: CAIR is seeking a talented Trial Attorney to join its civil rights department at this crucial time in our nation’s history.

Essential Functions/Duties

The Trial Attorney will be primarily responsible for:

  • Working collaboratively with other attorneys as a member of trial teams
  • Involvement in all aspects of the trial stage, including, but not limited to conducting fact investigation, working with expert witnesses, serving and responding to written discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting substantive and procedural briefs, conducting all aspects of any trial, and presenting oral argument in federal court, local and state courts if applicable, and administrative hearings
  • Involvement in appellate litigation
  • Involvement in alternative dispute resolution proceedings and settlement negotiations, and recommending settlements of litigation when appropriate
  • Participating in speaking engagements pertaining to civil rights issues facing the American Muslim community
  • Training and coaching of CAIR staff as requested
  • Attend continuing legal education seminars and keep abreast of changes in the law through reading and other means
  • Travel and weekend hours required as needed



  • J.D. from an accredited law school and an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction)
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • Well-versed with the civil rights law
  • Excellent legal research, writing and oral skills
  • The ideal candidate has a minimum three years of experience
  • Experience in appellate practice preferred
  • No disciplinary actions on record or pending
  • An understanding of civil rights issues relating to American Muslims
  • Passion for the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Ability to communicate in language other than English is a plus

Compensation: Compensation commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Compensation package also includes retirement benefits with limited employer match starting 6 months after start of employment, as well as medical, vision and dental benefits starting on the first day of the month following 60 of employment, and discretionary leave benefits.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter with résumé, a writing sample, a list of three references, and current/target compensation to Please reference “Trial Attorney Search” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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