FAIR HOUSING STAFF ATTORNEY
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with a long and successful history of civil rights litigation and advocacy, seeks applicants for a 60% time Fair Housing Staff Attorney. Working with the Fair Housing Project team, the Staff Attorney investigates, evaluates, and litigates housing discrimination cases based on race, ethnic origin, disability, familial status, source of income and other factors in court and at administrative agencies. He/she acts as co-counsel with volunteer lawyers on cases, advocates for policy and legislative change to affirmatively further fair housing, and participates in the Project’s outreach and education efforts. The attorney also assists in developing both litigation and non-litigation strategies to address community needs and in documenting Project activities and accomplishments.
Minimum of four years litigation experience and experience in fair housing, civil rights, or related area. Must be admitted to the Illinois bar and have excellent writing and speaking skills. 24 hours/week with flexibility required. Individual must be outgoing and have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and social change. Bilingual Spanish/English pref. Salary depends on experience; excellent benefits.
Position: Fair Housing Staff Attorney, 60% time
Reports to: Director, Fair Housing Project
Organization: Founded in 1969, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a cooperative venture of Chicago law firms that provides legal representation on civil rights and poverty-related issues. The Fair Housing Project was founded to address the legal and societal challenges that are the result of Chicago’s segregated housing market, the practices and policies that fail to encourage integration, and the impact of these on the affected populations. It particularly focuses on discrimination based on race, national origin, familial status, source of income, disability, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.
Job Responsibilities: Working with the Fair Housing Project team, the Staff Attorney investigates, evaluates, and litigates fair housing cases in court and at administrative agencies, and is responsible for:
Minimum of four years litigation experience and experience in fair housing, civil rights, or related area.
Admitted to the Illinois bar.
Excellent writing and speaking skills.
Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and social change.
Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.
E-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample of no more than 5 pgs. by Feb. 8, 2013, to Elesha Jackson, email@example.com. Hard copy applications discouraged. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. No phone calls please.