Staff Attorney

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks a staff attorney to lead the Equitable Development Initiative that is part of our Community Law Project. This initiative provides legal, policy, and strategic support to community-based organizations and coalitions organizing and advocating for equitable development. This position is an ideal opportunity for an attorney with a passion for racial equity and civil rights, and the drive and skills to take our equitable development work to the next level of growth and impact. Read the full position description here.


  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with advancing a racial equity mission  
  • J.D. degree required.  Applicants must be admitted to the Illinois Bar, be eligible for admission through reciprocity or take the Illinois Bar within six months
  • At least three years of legal experience; transactional legal experience preferred, particularly in the areas of real estate, land use, other housing-related experience, or local government law and policy
  • Policy advocacy experience; Chicago-related experience preferred
  • Experience working with community organizers or coalitions, including communities of color
  • Proven client counseling skills
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required
  • Excellent written and oral communication, including experience with public speaking
  • Flexibility and ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to use considerable judgment, initiative, and independence, and maintain confidentiality

Applications will be accepted through March 23, 2018.  If interested, please email a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to: Elesha Jackson, Director of Administration, at Please - no telephone inquiries. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, we may not be able to respond to individual applications.


Development Director

We are seeking a creative and strategic development professional to lead our fundraising efforts. This is an ideal leadership opportunity for a person who has a passion for civil rights and racial equity, and the drive and skills to help take the organization to the next level of growth and impact. He or she should have direct experience in soliciting funds from law firms, corporations, and foundations, and significant experience with building major donor campaigns. Our Development Director will lead a development and communications team committed to steadily growing the enterprise by working collaboratively to increase and diversify funding, and to strengthen our brand inside and outside of Chicago. The position will be located in our downtown Chicago office. Read the full position description here.


  • Seven or more years of fundraising experience, including annual events and personal cultivation, solicitation, and closing of individual major gifts.
  • A commitment to and ability to articulate our organization's mission and impact.
  • Experience in serving on leadership teams in progressive nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience with marketing and brand building.
  • Experience and success in the cultivation and stewardship of volunteer and donor networks through a variety of creative outreach strategies, including events and communications.
  • Experience in implementing and managing databases and other systems needed to support an aggressive fundraising program.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience with developing and implementing strategies for list expansion.
  • Team player with excellent organizational, networking, and relationship-building skills.
  • Self-starter who is able to multi-task.
  • Preference given to applicants with knowledge of the Chicago legal, corporate, and philanthropic communities.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Elesha Jackson, Director of Administration, at Please - no telephone inquiries. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Internships and Fellowships

We Are Seeking Summer 2018 Interns!

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is currently seeking law student interns for the summer of 2018.  These positions are unpaid, but we strongly encourage students to seek funding through law schools and other sources.  

The goal of our internship program is to provide students with a meaningful and challenging civil rights learning experience, while obtaining high quality work  in order to fulfill our organization’s goal of securing racial equity and economic justice.  Interns will be engaged in a variety of projects, including legal research and writing, intake interviews of prospective clients, legal and fact investigations, community education on legal rights, and relationship-building with community organizations.  Potential assignments will include drafting memos and court filings, assisting with community trainings, attending court hearings and depositions, assisting with advocacy to government officials and the media, and participating in coalition meetings and other opportunities to see civil rights work in action in the community.


Intern candidates should have excellent legal research and writing skills, communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Experience in racial justice 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, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, 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. 


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to and include 2018 Summer Internship Application in the subject line.

Spring 2018 Semester Interns and Externs

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 and other sources.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to if you are interested in any of these positions and specify the potential area(s) of interest for an internship or externship.