Senior Counsel

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 in our core practice areas, with an emphasis on education equity.

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 education equity issues, including a deep understanding of how civil rights laws can be used to address systemic barriers to fair and equitable educational opportunities. 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.

In addition to leadership in education equity, the Senior Counsel will also 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. 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. He or she will report to the Chief Counsel.

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2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA

The Housing Opportunity Project (HOP) of Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA applicant who is a dynamic self-starter to help the Project hone its strategies and goals through factual research and analysis. This is an ideal opportunity for a person who has a passion for civil rights and racial equity and the interest to conduct in-depth, evidence-based policy research. The VISTA’s capacity building policy research activities will have a direct impact on the Housing Opportunity Project’s ability to identify and respond to barriers to housing opportunity in the Chicago metropolitan area.

The VISTA will report to the Housing Opportunity Project Senior Staff Attorney and will regularly work with other Housing Opportunity Project staff. An ideal candidate has strong analytical and written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Experience in racial justice work (or work on behalf of low-income communities and/or communities of color) or policy advocacy is a plus. Spanish language proficiency is a plus but is not required.

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2020 Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and Other Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is seeking rising 3L students (or recent law school graduates who expect to complete a clerkship in the summer of 2020) to sponsor for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and other post-graduate fellowships to begin August or September of 2020.

Potential areas for fellowship opportunities are flexible, but we are particularly interested in a project related to housing and economic development or education equity.  Chicago Lawyers’ Committee welcomes the opportunity to assist applicants in formulating a project proposal. 

Fellows are supervised by experienced civil rights attorneys on our staff. They also are provided with substantial training as well as opportunities for professional and leadership development. Work of past legal fellows has been wide-ranging and has been adapted based on the skills and interests of the fellow. Activities may include developing legal strategies, representing clients in litigation and settlement, writing amicus briefs, crafting and enforcing legislative and administrative reforms, advocating to government decision makers, advising and training community-based organizations, participating in civil rights coalitions, teaching Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, and speaking to the media.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellowship candidates must have excellent legal research and writing skills, communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and civil rights. Past experience in racial equity work, policy advocacy, or community organizing is a plus. Skills in Spanish or other languages other than English are also a plus. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people who speak languages in addition to English, and others whose background and experiences would help our organization better understand and serve our clients and community members.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, academic transcript (unofficial copy is fine), brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and a cover letter specifying their potential area(s) of interest for a fellowship project. 

Interested candidates should send these materials to Julie Justicz at no later than August 21, 2019 with '2020 Fellowship Opportunities' in the subject line. For more information about the fellowship programs, visit Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship Foundation.