Legal Fellowship National Security and Civil Rights Program

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $58,000.00
Details: This is a full-time position; salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity.



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



55 Columbus
San Francisco
United States


Please apply by March 21, 2018

* Applications will be considered on a rolling basis *

About Us: As the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (“Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus”) is a leader in defending the interests of low-income immigrants. Since 1972, Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus has litigated high-profile cases and provided an array of services including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation. Our current program areas include National Security and Civil Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights, Workers’ Rights, ASPIRE, and Housing Rights.

Our National Security and Civil Rights Program address structural racism and discrimination affecting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (“AMEMSA”) communities, including but not limited to surveillance, FBI and JTTF harassment, and discriminatory immigration policies. We tackle abuses in these areas utilizing a combination of direct legal services, community outreach and education, community organizing, impact litigation, and state and local policy work. Our team currently consists of two co-leading staff attorneys, a lead community advocate, and a junior community advocate.


Position Summary: Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus seeks a passionate, enthusiastic, creative, detail-oriented, culturally competent, and self-motivated individual to join our National Security and Civil Rights Program. This one-year fellowship position will involve legal research and writing, impact litigation, policy advocacy, direct legal services, and Know Your Rights work with AMEMSA communities. The Fellow will participate in all aspects of the Program’s work. Contingent upon need and funding, this position may be renewed. The successful candidate will ideally start in April or May of 2018.


●     Conduct significant legal research and writing on national security, civil rights, and immigration issues

●     Litigate impact cases that both safeguard and build out civil rights

●     Engage in local and state public policy advocacy on profiling and discrimination issues

●     Conduct community education and know your rights events

●     Supervise law clerks and other volunteers

●     Work with staff attorneys/program managers and the development team on fundraising strategies


●     B.A./B.S. and J.D. degrees

●     Membership in good standing with the California State Bar

●     0-3 years of relevant legal experience

●     Strong oral communication skills

●     Excellent legal research and writing skills

●     Highly motivated and self-starting

●     Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapid-response environment with a highly diverse group of mission-driven lawyers and staff with a range of substantive law knowledge, experience, and expertise

●     Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations

●     Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income AMEMSA and/or immigrant communities

●     Preferred experience in organizing and/or working in coalition spaces to advance the rights of low-income and/or immigrant communities

●     Preferred bilingual skills in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, or other relevant languages

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position; salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. The salary range is $50,000 - $58,000. A full benefits package is included.

Advancing Justice–ALC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.


A full benefits package is included.

Level of Language Proficiency

Preferred bilingual skills in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, or other relevant languages

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Application Process: Interested candidates should e-mail a: resume; cover letter summarizing interest, qualifications and experience; writing sample; and three references to Elica Vafaie at Kindly put “Application – NSCR Legal Fellow” in the subject line of the e-mail. Please submit materials in PDF format. No phone calls, please.