When a person’s rights have been violated, the individual has the right to file a civil suit against the person or institution that committed the offense. A civil rights attorney may be consulted to explain the client’s rights and the procedures for filing a civil suit. The attorney may then be hired to represent the client. The attorney’s job is to prove the infringement on the individual’s rights in seeking to receive injunctive and monetary compensation for the client in exchange.
A civil rights attorney’s job involves:
- Presenting cases to judges and juries
- Deciphering laws and rulings for individuals, businesses and organizations
- Investigating legal data
- Negotiating settlements of legal disputes
- Formulating and filing the proper legal and law and motion briefs
- Filing legal appeals in the federal and state court of appeals