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Immigration / Civil Rights Attorney

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CAIR-Massachusetts
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Boston, MA
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Published 14 days ago

The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Immigration/Civil Rights Attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and serving diverse communities.


Organization. CAIR’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. For over 25 years, CAIR has represented countless clients who have been victims of

discrimination and harassment, served as the voice of the American Muslim community in the media, and challenged Islamophobia on the national and local levels.  


Founded in 2015, CAIR-MA has become one of the leading Muslim institutions in New England. We are more than a law office: in addition to our legal work, we organize and educate Muslim youth to be the next generation of leadership, engage in interfaith coalitions, advocate for policies that

promote religious and racial justice, and serve as leaders in the local Muslim community.


Position. The Immigration/Civil Rights Attorney will be the second lawyer in our Legal Department, which currently handles cases involving discrimination against Muslims in the areas of hate crimes, bullying, employment, education, FBI surveillance, housing, public accommodations, and

travel abuses at airports and border crossings. We have long recognized the need to add immigration law to meet the Muslim community’s needs, and are excited to now be able to do so.


Duties and Responsibilities:

·      Take a leadership role in establishing our immigration practice and setting case priorities, which we anticipate including asylum cases and deportations

·      Develop expertise in other civil rights issues handled by CAIR-MA

·      Conduct intakes and investigate legal claims through effective communication with a diverse community

·      Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, demand letters, memoranda, and briefs

·      Ability to identify and then develop challenges to systemic issues

·      Educate and empower diverse community members on their rights through community presentations and “Know Your Rights” materials

·      Recruit co-counsel for larger-scale litigation

·      Recruit and supervise legal interns

·      Travel for outreach, including participating in community events and coalition meetings (when it becomes safe for in-person gatherings)

·      Collaborating with CAIR National’s legal team and other local and national civil rights organizations.


Location: We are currently working remotely, and anticipate continuing to do so for at least the next twelve months.


Time Commitment: Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends required.


Travel: Prior to the pandemic, our staff regularly traveled to mosques throughout Eastern Massachusetts to deliver community “Know Your Rights” workshops, and attended an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. We anticipate these activities resuming gradually over the next year.


Qualifications:

·      J.D. from an accredited school

·      Current or anticipated eligibility to practice law in Massachusetts

·      At least three years’ experience practicing immigration law; additional experience with employment discrimination or prison litigation would be very helpful

·      No public disciplinary actions on record or pending

·      A successful candidate must possess a strong familiarity with the American Muslim community

·      Strong time management skills with a demonstrated ability for meeting deadlines

·      Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking experience

·      Experience working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

·      Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout the Greater Boston area, with occasional travel to central and western Massachusetts

·      A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR's mission

·      Basic computer proficiency including knowledge of MS Office and MS Outlook


Compensation:

·      Compensation commensurate with skills and experience

·      Generous benefits package includes reimbursement for medical insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave

·      Board of Bar Overseers registration fees, malpractice insurance, and Continuing Legal Education costs

·      Potential eligibility for student loan debt forgiveness


To Apply:

Please send (1) cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) resume, (3) brief example of your legal writing, and (4) names and contact information for three references, to info@ma.cair.com with the subject line "Civil Rights Attorney."


Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


CAIR-MA is an equal opportunity employer.

The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Immigration/Civil Rights Attorney…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required

Benefits

·      Generous benefits package includes reimbursement for medical insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave

·      Board of Bar Overseers registration fees, malpractice insurance, and Continuing Legal Education costs

·      Potential eligibility for student loan debt forgiveness

·      Generous benefits package includes reimbursement for medical insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave

·      Board of Bar Overseers registration fees, malpractice insurance, and…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
123 South St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Suite 3

How to Apply

Please send (1) cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) resume, (3) brief example of your legal writing, and (4) names and contact information for three references, to info@ma.cair.com with the subject line "Civil Rights Attorney."

Please send (1) cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) resume, (3) brief example of your legal writing, and (4) names and contact information for three references, to info…

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