CAIR-NY Civil Rights Staff Attorney  (Full Time)

The New York Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), is a chapter of the largest civil liberties and advocacy organization for Muslims in America. Our non-profit has proudly defended the civil liberates of American Muslims since we opened our doors in 1998.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

·         Engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy for CAIR-NY, including but not limited to representing complainants who have experienced religious discrimination; filing complaints, discovery, motions practice, court appearances, and trial if necessary; identifying, recruiting, and collaborating with private attorneys on religious discrimination cases. Religious discrimination areas include but not limited to: employment discrimination, police misconduct, government office discrimination, racial/religious profiling, school/university discrimination, and immigration. 

·         Establish and maintain relationships with civil rights and legal community in New York, specifically related to employment law, immigration law, and criminal law. 

·         Triage intakes for case processing and develop strategies to complete cases in a timely manner.

·         Interview with news agencies, local panels and conferences on cases and various civil rights matters

·         Work with Board & Staff in applying for grants related to civil rights activities, trainings and projects.

·         Manage team of Civil Rights interns


Required Qualifications

·         Member of New York Bar Association.

·         Minimum of 3 years of litigation experience, focus on employment discrimination a plus.

·         Experience in the area of Civil Rights and Employment Law. Knowledge of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (especially Title VII) and First Amendment. Knowledge of EEOC and other administrative procedures

·         Passion for the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

·         Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.

·         Great presentation and public speaking abilities.

·         Strong ability to identify, recruit, and work with a number of private attorneys on cases.

·         Demonstrated commitment to protecting civil liberties in the United States.

·         High degree of initiative and willingness to work hard and collaborate with others.

·         Creativity, passion for civil rights work, determination, and a positive attitude.

·         Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to follow through on various ongoing and newly assigned case work.

Submit a resume, cover letter, a legal writing sample, and a list of at least three references. Email application to Operations Coordinator, Adnan Rokadia, Salary range based on education, skills and experience.