Our Mission

Palestine Legal is an independent organization dedicated to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of people in the US who speak out for Palestinian freedom. Our mission is to bolster the Palestine solidarity movement by challenging efforts to threaten, harass and legally bully activists into silence and inaction.

We provide legal advice, Know Your Rights trainings, advocacy and litigation support to college students, grassroots activists and affected communities who stand for justice in Palestine. Palestine Legal also monitors incidents of suppression to expose trends in tactics to silence Palestine activism.

Founded in 2012, Palestine Legal is the only legal organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to supporting the movement for Palestinian rights. Our attorneys are based in Chicago, New York City and the Bay Area, and our work spans all 50 states and Washington D.C. We work closely with several organizations, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild and others, to provide legal support to activists around the country.

Palestine Legal is a fiscally sponsored project of the Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 


The Issue

The movement for Palestinian rights is growing steadily in the United States – from the mushrooming of campus groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, to the rise in boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns, to everyday people moved to change the status quo in the region. 

As support for Palestinian rights has grown, so too have attempts by groups that uncritically support Israeli state policies to silence advocates for change. Through a variety of tactics, these groups pressure government actors, universities and other private institutions to investigate, censor and punish individuals and groups who criticize Israel or support Palestinian rights.  

On college campuses, students have been disciplined for peaceful protests and professors have been fired for tweets, forced to defend their research projects in Palestine, or faced intimidation for supporting an academic boycott. Events at public venues have been canceled in response to pressure campaigns. Local, state and national government actors have introduced legislation targeting BDS campaigns.

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Our Work

Advise

Provide legal advice, representation or referrals to individuals and groups.

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Advocate

Engage in legal and policy advocacy to protect the movement for Palestinian rights.

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Document

Track incidents of suppression experienced by advocates for Palestinian rights.

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Educate

Train activists on their rights through workshops and resource materials.

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Our Team

Liz Jackson
Staff Attorney

Radhika
Sainath

Staff Attorney

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Rahul Saksena
Staff Attorney

Angela Campion
Office Manager
 

 

Our Partners

Palestine Legal works closely with a number of organizations and individuals to provide legal support to Palestine activists around the country.  Our partners include: 

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is Palestine Legal’s founding partner.  While Palestine Legal is an independent organization, we collaborate closely with CCR, and our attorneys are CCR Cooperating Counsel. 

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) partners closely with Palestine Legal.  We work with NLG attorneys around the country, with the NLG’s Palestine Subcommittee and the National Executive Committee to provide advocacy support for the Palestine solidarity movement. 

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) partners with Palestine Legal in an effort to guarantee that Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian students' civic engagement on campus is not undermined in the post-9/11 environment. 


Jobs & Internships

Palestine Legal is currently seeking a full-time Communications Manager, and a Legal Intern for the fall semester. To view the job descriptions, click on the titles below.

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POSITION SUMMARY:

Palestine Legal is hiring a full time Communications Manager to spearhead Palestine Legal’s media engagement and communications work. We are seeking a dynamic professional who has worked successfully in communications, public relations or journalism, and is passionate about getting Palestinian and Palestine solidarity perspectives in the media. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional communicator, both verbally and in writing. She/he/they will be organized, responsive, reliable, and pay acute attention to detail. The position will be expected to liaison with media outlets, draft press and other communications materials, and will develop and implement Palestine Legal’s communications strategies. The position will also require collaboration with staff on other organizational activities, including public education and development work. She/he/they will report to the Director.

The strong preference is for the Communications Manager to be located in Palestine Legal’s Chicago office or in New York City.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and execute Palestine Legal’s communications strategies, both for the organization as a whole and for specific cases and advocacy campaigns, using traditional media, social media, and other creative ways to reach broad audiences.
  • Draft press materials, including media advisories, press releases, pitches.
  • Draft media pieces such as op-eds, articles, etc.
  • Create and maintain up-to-date press lists.
  • Pitch newsworthy stories to journalists and respond to media requests.
  • Produce content for the Palestine Legal website, including blog posts, and disseminate on social media.
  • Draft newsletters and other communications for Palestine Legal’s mailing lists.
  • Collaborate with clients and partner organizations on campaigns related to Palestine Legal’s case and advocacy work.
  • Assist other staff in communications with media outlets.
  • Develop a strategy to improve social media influence and following.
  • Assist with drafting reports.
  • Participate in organizational and programmatic strategic planning processes.
  • Assist with creation of graphic and video materials.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Report to grantors and donors regarding relevant activities as necessary.
  • Contribute to other project areas, including development and public education, as needed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in relevant field (communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related fields).
  • 3-7 years of experience working in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or a related field.
  • At least 1-2 years of experience working with media outlets.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Exceptional writing and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to communicate legal issues to a general audience.
  • Familiarity with the legal repression that Palestinian rights activists face in the U.S. and understanding of the Palestinian movement for freedom, in general.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of Palestine Legal, and to building a healthy, sustainable organization.
  • Strong relationships with diverse communities, colleagues and activist bases.
  • Excellent knowledge of mainstream and independent media landscape, and relationships with media sources.
  • Public speaking skills with diverse audiences and with the media.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, multi-task, set priorities and meet required deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative at problem-solving.
  • Multi-media production skills (graphic design and video editing) a plus.
  • Familiarity with SquareSpace or other website programs a plus.
  • Arabic language skills a plus.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: The Communications Manager will report directly to the Director. S/he may supervise the work of interns, volunteers, and other staff members. She/he/they will also communicate directly with coalitions of activists and advocacy organizations, building and maintaining organizational and personal relationships.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Some travel may be required within the U.S., via plane or other means of transportation, up to 10 times a year. Some lifting may be required (e.g. carrying luggage, computers, resources for audiences, etc., up to 50 pounds on occasion). Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time and type on a computer and must be able to communicate frequently by phone and electronically.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position may be home-based and/or work from a shared office space (depending on the location). When traveling, work may be performed in public spaces, at conferences, often in hotels or universities, and will require transportation between different locations for presentations and lodging.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: This is a full time position. Salary is commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits.

TO APPLY: Please email a resume, media writing sample (no more than 5 pages) and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you think you can contribute to Palestine Legal’s mission to info@palestinelegal.org, subject line “Communications Manager Application.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The projected start date is June, 2016.

Palestine Legal, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Palestine Legal seeks to hire 1-2 legal interns for the fall semester (approximately 10 weeks), to intern up to 20 hours a week. Legal interns will be supervised closely by a staff attorney, and will gain skills and experience in different areas of Palestine Legal’s work, including by conducting legal research, drafting legal research memos, drafting legal and advocacy documents, and assisting with client communications. Interns will participate in an orientation to Palestine Legal’s work, methodologies, and theory of movement lawyering. Interns are regularly provided feedback on their assignments in one-on-one sessions with their supervising attorney, and provided opportunities to attend Palestine Legal and partner events. She/he/they will be directly trained and supervised by a Palestine Legal staff attorney.

The strong preference is for legal interns to be located in Palestine Legal’s Chicago or Oakland offices.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct legal research and draft legal research memos on relevant issues.
  • Draft legal documents related to case work.
  • Assist staff attorneys with client communications.
  • Participate in case calls with staff attorneys.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist with other project areas as needed, including drafting communications materials.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: JD candidate from accredited law school.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent legal research and oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the legal repression that Palestinian rights activists face in the U.S. and understanding of the Palestinian movement for freedom, in general.
  • Interest in and basic understanding of relevant legal issues (First Amendment, students’ rights, national security, etc.).
  • Experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice, organizing and/or social movements, and Palestine Legal’s mission.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time and type on a computer and must be able to communicate frequently by phone and electronically.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position requires work in a shared office space. There may be 1 or more people in an office space with low to moderate noise levels (details to be determined).

COMPENSATION: Palestine Legal is dedicated to fairly compensating interns. Interns will be temporary employees of Tides Center, and will be paid an hourly wage, to be determined depending on whether the candidate has secured additional sources of funding. Where possible, Palestine Legal will assist interns interested in applying for academic credit or fellowships for the internship to supplement their compensation.

TO APPLY: Please email a resume, legal writing sample (3-5 pages) and cover letter explaining your interest in the internship to info@palestinelegal.org, subject line “Legal Intern.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 1, 2016, or until the position(s) is filled, with strong consideration given to early applicants. The projected start date is September 15, 2016.

Palestine Legal, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.