CAIR-OH Fellowship Application


Council on American Islamic Relations, Ohio (“CAIR-Ohio”) is the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the Midwest. For the last 22 years, CAIR-Ohio has provided direct representation to thousands of Muslims. CAIR-Ohio seeks to sponsor a highly talented and motivated law student or recent law graduate for a fellowship opportunity sponsored by Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or a similar organization. The sponsored fellow will collaborate with the CAIR-Ohio Legal Director and legal team to develop a fellowship project that will expand CAIR-Ohio’s work.


  • Draft fellowship proposal in collaboration with CAIR-Ohio.
  • Ensure timely submission of all fellowship materials.
  • Once approved for a fellowship, the Fellow will work in our Cincinnati office with supervision from the Legal Director, in collaboration with the CAIR-Ohio legal team.
  • Build and maintain client relationships with an emphasis on community-based lawyering and cultural competency.
  • Develop legal strategies to protect the rights of American Muslims and other vulnerable communities.


  • Law student or recent law graduate.  Expected graduation from Law School by July 2021 with a J.D. or LL.M. or S.J.D. Aside from a short-term fellowship or clerkship, the candidate should not have held a permanent public interest position as an attorney.
  • Committed to CAIR-Ohio’s vision and organizational values. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and public service.
  • Skilled legal researcher, writer, and communicator. The ideal candidate will have outstanding legal research and writing skills. The candidate should also have excellent oral advocacy and verbal communication skills.
  • Client-oriented. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to providing client-centered and culturally competent advocacy for marginalized communities.
  • Strong organizational skills. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and time-management skills, the ability to meet deadlines, and a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

Fluency in more than one language is a plus. Candidates should be willing and able to engage in limited travel.


  • Based in CAIR-Ohio’s Cincinnati office.
  • Reports to the Legal Director.


The Fellow would be expected to work full-time, with some evenings and weekends required.


This position would be externally funded through a fellowship grant program, such as Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Equal Justice Works, or Skadden. All full-time employees are provided with health insurance, dental, vision, paid sick time and vacation days, and retirement benefits.


Applications will be accepted through September 1, 2020 to ensure adherence to the external fellowship timelines.


Interested candidates should fill out this form in its entirety. Please be sure to upload the following materials with your application: (1) a one-page personal statement specifying the candidate’s interest in working with CAIR-Ohio and commitment to public service (2) a resume; (3) two references; and (4) a five to ten-page legal writing sample.

Please apply as early as possible.

For more information about CAIR-Ohio, visit

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