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
Development and Operations Manager

Dylan Fahoome
Communications Associate


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 Staff Attorney to begin summer 2017. We also plan to hire a Legal Intern for the fall 2017 semester. To view the job descriptions, click below.

+ Staff Attorney (Full Time)

POSITION SUMMARY:

Palestine Legal seeks a full time Staff Attorney to join Palestine Legal’s dynamic and professional team in Oakland to provide direct legal assistance and advocate on behalf of activists for Palestinian rights who face suppression for expressing their political views. The attorney will be responsible for advising, representing and advocating on behalf of clients, including as a spokesperson in local and national media. She/he/they will also coordinate Palestine Legal’s intake system, and may supervise interns, volunteers and other staff. The position will also provide the opportunity to work on a range of other organizational activities, including conducting Know Your Rights workshops, and development and communications work. She/he/they will report directly to the Project Director.

The strong preference is for the Staff Attorney to be located in Palestine Legal’s San Francisco Bay Area office.

The Staff Attorney is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Engage in direct representation & advocacy with clients, in coordination with legal team.
  • Interview potential clients and analyze legal claims.
  • Manage intake system and reporting on case work.
  • Participate in developing legal, advocacy and litigation strategies.
  • Conduct Know Your Rights workshops and engage in public speaking.
  • Communicate with the media about legal work.
  • Supervise interns, volunteers, and other staff.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Contribute to project communications, including case blogs, social media and other media opportunities.
  • Assist with other project areas, including development and project planning, as needed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • JD from accredited law school and licensed and in good standing to practice in at least one state (CA preferred).
  • 1-5 years of experience working in a relevant area of the law (First Amendment, national security, civil rights, immigration, criminal law, etc.), and preferably providing direct representation.
  • At least 1 year of experience organizing with social justice groups.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Familiarity with the legal suppression that Palestinian rights activists face in the U.S. and understanding of the Palestine-Israel issue in general.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of Palestine Legal, and to building a healthy, sustainable organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights issues.
  • Knowledge of relevant legal issues (First Amendment, students’ rights, national security, civil rights, etc.).
  • Exceptional legal research and writing skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills with diverse audiences and with the media.
  • Ability to connect and communicate with activist communities, build trust and maintain relationships.
  • Strong relationships with diverse legal communities and colleagues.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, multi-task, set priorities and meet required deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative at problem-solving.
  • Thrives on creative advocacy and strategizing of legal & non-legal solutions in the face of the complex challenges facing our clients and the Palestine solidarity movement.
  • Arabic language a plus.
  • Integrity and sense of humor.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

The Staff Attorney will report directly to the Project Director. S/he/they may supervise the work of interns, volunteers, and other staff. S/he/they will also communicate directly with coalitions of partner attorneys and advocacy organizations, building and maintaining organizational and personal relationships.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Significant travel is required within the U.S., via plane or other means of transportation, up to 15 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 will be based in a shared office environment. There may be 1 or more people in an office space. When traveling, work will 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 staff-attorney position. The beginning salary is between $55,000-65,000 annually, based on experience, plus excellent health and other benefits.

TO APPLY: Please email a resume, legal writing sample (3-5 pages) and cover letter explaining your interest in the position, why you think you’ll excel in the position, and how you think you can contribute to Palestine Legal’s mission to info@palestinelegal.org, subject line “Staff Attorney Application.” Applications will be reviewed until March 31, or until position is filled. We will not consider incomplete applications. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to respond to individual inquiries. The projected start date is July 1, 2017.

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.

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, 2017, or until the position(s) is filled, with strong consideration given to early applicants. The projected start date is September 15, 2017.

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.