California ChangeLawyers® Post-Bar Legal Fellow


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation with over 30 local offices throughout the country. CAIR’s presence in California includes four local offices covering the Greater Los Angeles Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and the Sacramento Valley. The new Legal Fellow will join CAIR-SFBA, the oldest and one of the largest offices in the country.

For more than 25 years, CAIR-SFBA has provided civil rights and legal services to individuals facing discrimination because of their Muslim identity. In recent years, our legal services have expanded to include immigration and asylum services, as well as multiple initiatives that defend, educate, and empower the region’s over 250,000 American Muslims. To learn more about our initiatives and work, visit our website here.

From civil rights cases and interfaith initiatives to youth development programs and advocacy days, our successes are directly linked to our partnerships and solidarity with others. Recent achievements include collaborative efforts to promote just, equitable, and progressive policies within the state, including protecting the rights of immigrants, updating the standards for the use of force by police officers, and setting measures to prevent school bullying.


California ChangeLawyers® (formerly California Bar Foundation) is a statewide foundation that empowers the next generation of lawyers, judges, and activists to create a more diverse legal profession, a fair justice system, and a better California. The foundation believes that a state as diverse as California should have a justice system led by advocates of all ethnicities and races.

ChangeLawyers  Fellowships support bright, diverse ChangeLawyers  who are committed to righting historical wrongs. Grants are awarded to legal aid organizations to cover the cost of hiring legal fellows from diverse backgrounds. This is a double impact investment. The foundation supports organizations on the front lines of social justice while at the same time creating jobs for diverse lawyers. This creates better, more authentic outcomes for communities—communities who can see and interact with lawyers who look like them.


With support from California ChangeLawyers®, we seek to hire a full-time, post-Bar Legal Fellow to support the work of our civil rights and immigration programs, and increase the projects capacity to build a removal defense docket, provide naturalization services in the American Muslim community, and support first-time callers seeking civil rights and immigration legal assistance.

This position is based in Santa Clara, California.

Fellowship Period: August 10-November 10, 2020


We are seeking applicants with immigration experience, including immigration paralegal experience, organizing experience, and/or law school clinic experience. Applicants should be self-directed and self-reliant, highly organized, flexible, and able to work in a high volume setting with limited resources.


Commensurate with education and experience


Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, CAIR-SFBA


Responsibilities of the Legal Fellow will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct client intake, prepare applications and petitions for submission to the appropriate agency
  • Work with volunteers, including law students and pro bono attorneys
  • Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including planning and conducting legal clinics


Please submit (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) your resume, and (3) the names and contact information of three references, using the link below.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than the posted deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

CAIR-SFBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020

Apply Here

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