Job Title: Post-Bar Hate and Bullying Prevention Legal Fellow
Title: Legal Fellow for the Center on the Prevention of Hate and Bullying (CPHB)
Schedule Type: Full-Time (Exempt)
Salary: $62,500 for one-year
Practice Areas: Civil Rights/Hate Crime and School Bullying Prevention
Report to: Director of CPHB
The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Los Angeles (CAIR-LA) seeks third-year law students, recent law graduates, or practicing attorneys with up to three years’ experience to apply for a one-year Legal Fellowship to serve as the inaugural fellow for CAIR-LA’s Center for the Prevention of Hate and Bullying (CPHB). The fellowship will be for a one-year term, with the possibility of an extension if additional funding is secured.
In addition to working with lawyers to address the direct service needs of clients who have experienced hate, the fellow will work with lawyers, policy advocates, and media experts to systemically address issues of hate by focusing on:
- Training: Developing training for school districts, colleges, law enforcement, lawmakers, and other institutions that respond to incidents of hate.
- Advocacy: Advocating for local and state legislation and funding to better address and resource communities and individuals impacted by hate.
- Partnership: Investing additional capacity and resources in developing strategic partnerships with nonprofits, government entities, foundations, and academics to reach intersectional and collaborative solutions to preventing hate.
- Education and Outreach: Furthering education and outreach to impacted communities on how to report, address, and heal from incidents of hate.
- Data Analysis: Analyzing and developing data that can inform our training, advocacy, and partnerships on the types of hate and their impact on the communities we represent.
General Duties and Responsibilities
- Support the Civil Rights departments’ advocacy and potential litigation related to issues of hate crimes, school bullying, and campus climate.
- Follow-up on intakes and investigate legal claims through effective communication with an incredibly diverse community that includes Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), Black, Middle Eastern and North African (MENA), and other impacted Muslim communities.
- Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters, memos, and administrative appeals; and non-legal writing including community advisories, issue briefings, and other reports and proposals.
- Support the development of surveys, focus groups, and other research initiatives as well as the drafting and publication of school bullying and campus climate reports.
- Communicate with outside parties such as attorneys, law enforcement, administrative agencies, school districts, school administrators, etc.
- Develop trainings for school districts, colleges, law enforcement, lawmakers, and other institutions that respond to incidents of hate.
- Perform in-depth legal and policy research on issues of hate crimes, school bullying, and campus climate.
- Advocate for local and state legislation and funding to better address and resource communities and individuals impacted by hate.
- Research and meet with strategic partners including nonprofits, government entities, foundations, and academics to reach intersectional and collaborative solutions to preventing hate.
- Work to develop and distribute information on hate, school bullying, and campus climate to educate and empower diverse community members on their rights through community presentations and material distributions.
- Participate in outreach activities through community events and coalition meetings.
- Assist in collecting information and performing data analysis that can inform trainings, advocacy, law makers, and partners on the types of hate and their impact on the communities we represent.
- Support other general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, and other office tasks as required
- Occasional evening and weekend hours as well as local travel required.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Be enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school with an expected graduation in 2021 or be already admitted to the California State Bar.
- Candidates who have not yet been admitted to practice law will be expected to have been admitted by or before Fall 2022.
- 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 Los Angeles area
- High degree of self-motivation and creativity.
- Conversational proficiency in Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Spanish, or Somali preferred but not required.
- COVID-19 Considerations: All employees and visitors are required to follow safety procedures such as wearing a mask on-site. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment before date of hire.
- Kaiser Health Insurance and Blue Cross PPO Dental Plan for staff members, their spouse, and their children.
- Paid time off for incoming staff includes: 12 Paid vacation days, 10 holidays, and 10 sick days.
- IRA matching program.
- Budget for legal association membership fee, bar license renewal fee, CLE funding support, and malpractice insurance.
- Professional development budget
CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer