The Chicago Lawyers' Committee is staffed by nine full time attorneys and two part time attorneys, as well as two paralegals, three outreach coordinators, and minimal administrative and support staff. Our employees work tirelessly to champion civil rights and community development through fair housing, employment opportunity, hate crime response, transactional law, and assisting pro se litigants in reaching settlements. Biographies of each staff member are available here.
However, the real strength of the Chicago Lawyers' Community is in the passion and energy of its volunteers. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee is committed to leveraging the fresh ideas and talent of fellows and interns, including lawyers, recent JDs, law students, and undergraduates that have an eye to civil rights law, to better preserve, protect and champion civil rights.
This is an exciting position for an attorney with substantial litigation and policy advocacy experience who can bring skills to the role at a time when aggressive civil rights advocacy is needed more than ever. The Staff Attorney will be a part of the team for a newly restructured housing project that continues to include traditional fair housing advocacy, but also includes a broader focus that may encompass affordable housing, safe and healthy housing, and other housing-related issues. The position will involve representing individuals in administrative matters and courts, as well as impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community-based education. The Staff Attorney must demonstrate a passion for civil rights, racial equity, and community empowerment, and possess the skills needed to be a successful advocate. He or she will report to the Advocacy Director.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks applicants for a Chicago Fair Housing Testing and Training Coordinator position. The Coordinator will conduct a testing and training program regarding discrimination in rental housing in Chicago, as a member of the Fair Housing Project team. Duties include recruiting and training testers, preparing and overseeing tester assignments, reviewing and analyzing test results, conducting educational workshops, and assisting with grant reporting. He/she will plan and conduct training sessions for housing providers. 40 hours/week with flexibility required. This is a one year position, with the possibility of an extension.
Qualifications: The position requires a committed, outgoing person with excellent writing and speaking skills who is detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines. Two to three years of relevant experience and demonstrated commitment to civil rights and social change required; experience in fair housing or housing desired. Bilingual Spanish/English a plus. E-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample (no more than 5 pgs.) and 2 references a.s.a.p. but no later than February 22, 2017 to Betsy Shuman-Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee is an EOE and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. No phone calls please.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks applicants for a part time Fair Housing Intake Specialist position. The Specialist will conduct intake and investigation of fair housing complaints as a member of CLC’s Housing Opportunity Project team. Duties incl. interviewing and supervising others in interviewing people seeking legal representation, working with attorneys to assess cases for litigation, assisting with training and other Project activities, and documenting Project activities to funders. 20 hours/week with flexibility required.
Qualifications: The position requires a committed, outgoing person who is detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines. Exp. in fair housing, housing, and/or lending industries desirable. Bilingual Spanish/English pref. E-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample (no more than 5 pgs.) and 2 references by February 22, 2017, to Betsy Shuman-Moore, email@example.com. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee is an EOE and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. No phone calls please.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is looking for individuals interested in pursuing a University of Chicago law fellowship to begin August/September 2017. Potential areas for fellowship opportunities include:
We are in search of candidates with a strong commitment to social justice and an interest or experience in working with diverse communities. Applicants’ law school must provide funding for this post-graduate public interest fellowship. Candidates must possess excellent research and writing skills. Specific responsibilities will include legal research and writing, developing legal strategies, conducting community training and education, assisting with grassroots advocacy and coalition work, and completing special projects. Additional learning opportunities will include networking, skill development, and subject area training.
CLC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and people from other historically disenfranchised communities.
Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit a resume, academic transcript (unofficial copy is fine), brief writing sample (no more than 9 pages), and cover letter specifying their potential fellowship area(s) of interest. Candidates are encouraged but not required to develop potential project ideas on their own. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee attorneys will work with the selected candidates to develop project proposals that will advance the existing mission of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee and are likely to be awarded a fellowship. Interested candidates should send their materials to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 1 and include in the subject line: Fellowship Opportunities.
Currently seeking unpaid Legal Interns (law student interns) and Legal Fellows (recent law school graduates) for a semester position. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to email@example.com if you are interested in either of these positions.