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Organization TypePublic Interest
Date Last Verified
Years of Experience
ProfileSenior Staff Attorney Responsibilities: Represent and advocate on behalf of Sikhs in a wide range of civil rights matters, Communicate effectively with clients; Analyze clientsâ€™ 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 organizationâ€™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 worldâ€™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