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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileSenior Staff Attorney Responsibilities: Represent and advocate on behalf of Sikhs in a wide range of civil rights matters, Communicate effectively with clients; Analyze clients’ claims under relevant law, advise clients, and take appropriate legal action; Conduct legal research, and draft legal memoranda and pleadings; Conduct all aspects of litigation (strategizing, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, etc.) in civil cases before state and federal courts and administrative bodies; Manage intake and interview prospective clients; Provide limited information and referrals in cases that the organization cannot take on; Recruit pro bono counsel and collaborate with other attorneys and organizations; Supervise and manage interns and fellows; Work effectively with the organization’s staff on collateral matters (whether advocacy campaigns, media initiatives, fundraising, etc.); Represent the Sikh Coalition at a variety of meetings and speaking engagements, and to the press and media outlets.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and JD Degree required; Bar membership in at least one U.S. based jurisdiction, preferably New York; 3-5 years of previous legal experience, preferably litigating; Excellent written, oral and analytical skills; Demonstrated passion for social justice; Compassion for clients and be able to connect with and gain the trust of community members of diverse backgrounds; Bright, intellectually curious, hardworking and self-motivated; Able to handle a large caseload, multi-task effectively, and work independently in a fast-paced environment; Enjoys playing David to the world’s Goliaths, i.e., is undeterred by the complex challenges faced by our clients and the Sikh community, and thrives on creative advocacy and strategizing of legal & non-legal solutions; Is a team player, i.e., is able to work effectively with legal and non-legal staff across all program areas, external co-counsel, board members, interns & fellows; Basic computer and Westlaw skills; Punjabi language skills a plus.
The Sikh Coalition
40 Exchange Place
New York City, NY 10005