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.
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (CLC) seeks a Director of Housing Opportunity to lead the organization's efforts to fight discrimination in housing and to advance affirmative advocacy to expand access to fair, safe, and affordable housing. This is an exciting leadership position for a seasoned 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. The Director will lead 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 housing, and other housing-related issues, particularly those with systemic impact. In addition, the Director will be a resource on impact advocacy for other CLC attorneys. The Director 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 Executive Director and serve on the management team. For more info and to apply, please click here.
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, 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 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 Fair Housing 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee is an EOE and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. No phone calls please.
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.