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 Trial Attorney for its Washington D.C. chapter.  This position will report to the National Litigation Director.

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 or other means
  • Travel and weekend hours required as needed

Qualifications

  • 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 with trial practice
  • 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

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, samples of any relevant work and a resume to jobs@cair.com.

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