Interns and Externs will work closely with the Civil Rights Director, Litigation Director, and/or Staff Attorney on resolving cases of discrimination reported to CAIR-Chicago. Internships are open to undergraduate students or graduate students not enrolled in a J.D./L.L.M. program. Externships are limited to Law Students enrolled in a J.D./L.L.M. program (or who have completed one of these programs).
In order to ensure that each intern, extern, and fellow's experience is maximized, each Civil Rights team member will be required to develop and train in the following core specialties:
1. Intake Processing
2. Legal & Policy Research
3. Administrative Assistance
Essential duties and responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Assist in documenting incidents of religious discrimination by counseling and interviewing complainants regarding their incidents
• Research laws and policies on employment, student conduct, and immigration procedures, as well as criminal offenses and other areas as seen fit
• Assist in maintaining the Civil Rights Online Center
• Update databases containing information about abuses reported to CAIR-Chicago
• For those proficient in foreign languages primarily spoken by Muslim individuals (Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Spanish), participate in translating for complainants in communications with the Department or during legal proceedings, and translating documents for clients.
Law Clerks (Externs) have the following additional duties and responsibilities:
• Produce legal writings: draft arguments, memos, complaints, and discovery materials
• Assist in representing complainants in dispute resolution, EEOC mediation, filing complaints and lawsuits
• Those who are qualified and obtained the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 License may also represent individual complainants in court proceedings under the supervision of an attorney in the Department
• An original writing sample (maximum 15 pages). For Interns, the sample should relate to CAIR-Chicago's scope on civil rights and advocacy. For Externs, the sample should comply with legal writing standards, and any topic may be addressed in the document.
• Organized and demonstrate the ability to follow through the various on-going and newly assigned tasks
• Excellent written communication skills and a commitment to serving the community
CDO ID # 7217