Senior Staff/Junior Trial Attorney
Position: Full time; salaried
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization with chapters across the country. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
CAIR’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. Its core mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR is seeking a full time Senior Staff or Junior Trial Attorney for its Washington D.C. office.
This position will report to the National Litigation Director.
Depending on how filled, the incumbent Attorney will be primarily responsible for:
- Performing legal research and drafting of legal documents,
- Drafting written work product, alternative dispute resolution to resolve civil rights cases outside court intervention
- Representing clients during FBI interrogations
- Working collaboratively with other attorneys as a member of trial teams
- Involvement in all aspects of litigation and appeals, 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 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
- Attend continuing legal education seminars and keep abreast of changes in the law through reading or 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)
- 3+ years of experience either as a litigator or a nonprofit staff attorney preferred
- 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
- 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
How to Apply
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