Senior Counsel - Housing and Equitable Community Development

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks an experienced attorney to serve in the role of Senior Counsel. The attorney will develop and lead impact litigation and systemic policy advocacy with an emphasis on equitable community development and housing.

The Senior Counsel position is an exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced attorney with substantial litigation and policy advocacy experience who can bring vision, talent, and enthusiasm to the role at a time when aggressive civil rights advocacy is needed more than ever.

Candidates should have significant experience addressing housing or community economic development issues, including a deep understanding of how civil rights laws can be used to address historic and entrenched systems or racial and economic segregation. Candidates should also have a strong commitment to community lawyering and be able to share examples of putting community lawyering principles to work in their practice. The Senior Counsel must demonstrate a passion for civil rights, racial equity, and community empowerment, and possess the skills needed to be a successful advocate, as well as an effective manager of people and projects.

The Senior Counsel will report to and work closely with the Chief Counsel to provide leadership and supervision on litigation and advocacy projects in Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s other core practice areas.

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Program Counsel - Equitable Community Development and Housing

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks an attorney to serve in the role of Program Counsel. This attorney will join an integrated and collaborative advocacy team focused on three core practice areas: Education Equity, Equitable Community Development and Housing, and Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment. This Program Counsel position will provide transactional legal services and policy advocacy to promote entrepreneurship and small business development as part of the Equitable Community Development and Housing practice area. The Program Counsel will report directly to our Chief Counsel.

The Program Counsel position is an exciting opportunity for an attorney with transactional and policy advocacy experience who can bring vision, talent, and enthusiasm to the role at a time when investment and economic development in communities of color is needed more than ever.

Candidates should have experience representing small businesses and/or nonprofits in corporate transactional matters, and a deep understanding of how policy advocacy for equitable community development can be used to address historic and entrenched systems or racial and economic segregation. Candidates should also have a strong commitment to community lawyering and be able to share examples of putting community lawyering principles to work in their practice. The Program Counsel must demonstrate a passion for racial equity, community empowerment, and economic justice.

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We are seeking Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 interns, externs and fellows!

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is currently seeking Legal Interns (law student interns), Legal Externs (receiving credit from their law school), and Legal Fellows (recent law school graduates) for a semester position. These positions are unpaid, but funding might be available through schools, work study programs, and other sources.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to opportunities@clccrul.org if you are interested in any of these positions and specify the potential area(s) of interest for an internship or externship. Our core impact areas include education equity, equitable community development and housing, and voting rights. Please browse our website and visit us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our work.


Summer 2020 Legal Internships

Graduating law students who are interested in applying for a Summer 2020 PILI Fellowship with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights should submit application materials through the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) website: http://pili.org/fellowships/apply-for-pili-fellowships.  As mentioned in our organization’s description on PILI’s site, PILI Fellowship applicants should specify their interest in providing support for either (1) Litigation and Policy Advocacy or (2) Transactional Assistance.

First- and second-year law students who are interested in applying for a Summer 2020 internship with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights should apply through the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) website when the application period begins: http://pili.org/internships/apply-for-a-summer-pili-internship. The application period will open on November 1, 2019 for second-year law students and will open on December 1, 2019 for first-year law students.