Title: Civil Rights Coordinator / Paralegal
Reports to: Civil Rights Managing Attorney
Schedule Type: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Location: Office located in Anaheim, CA. Requires some travel throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Pay Range: $25-$28/hr.
Practice Areas: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (Religious Freedom), Employment, National Security & Law Enforcement Practices, Public Accommodations, Prisoners' Rights, School Issues, Hate Crimes/Incidents, etc.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Providing legal administrative support to senior and managing attorneys including case data analysis and input, legal filings, document filings, mailing, scanning, copying, and other related tasks
- Coordinating and conducting legal intake requests, interviews, follow-ups, and responses; summarizing intake substance, and presenting recommendations for future action or referral
- Assisting on assigned litigation efforts, including preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs
- Performing legal research using computerized data base, online resources, and legal materials and drafting memoranda regarding the legal research
- Drafting letters and memoranda for cases and assisting attorneys with other document preparation
- Maintaining the organization of the case management system of the civil rights department
- Maintaining calendar system for deadlines and timely filing of extensions, pleadings, petitions, and applications
- Organizing and tracking legal files
- Serving as a liaison to other groups and entities vital to the positive resolution of cases
- Providing clients with referrals to other services
- Generating department reports and statistics
- Providing additional support to civil rights staff as needed
- Organizing and engaging in special civil rights events, forums, and sensitivity trainings provided to the community
- Traveling for outreach including participating in community events and coalition meetings
- Preparing retainers, FOIAS, and DHS TRIP applications for clients, under attorney supervision
- Assisting in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, team building activities, staff recruitment, and other office tasks as required
- Paralegal Certification, with 1-3 years professional experience in the field.
- The ideal candidate would demonstrate:
- 1-2 years of experience in the area of civil rights / employment
- 1-2 years of experience working with clients, customers, etc.
- Ability to manage and prioritize caseload
- Effective time management
- Familiarity with Westlaw and other legal search engines, proficiency in internet research
- Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to meet strict deadlines
- Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- High degree of self-motivation and creativity
- Proficiency in Arabic and/or Urdu – preferred
- Experience working with the American Muslim community
- Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area
- A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR's mission
- Full-time with occasional evenings and weekends required
- Occasional travel locally for outreach including participating in community events
- All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, and other office tasks as required
- Kaiser Health Insurance and Blue Cross PPO Dental Plan for staff members, their spouse, and their children
- Paid time off for incoming staff includes: 12 Paid vacation days, 10 holidays, and 10 sick days
- IRA matching program
- Professional development budget
CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit, grassroots civil rights and advocacy organization. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with affiliate offices nationwide. Its national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.