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Litigation - General/Commercial Attorney in Chicago, IL

American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois | Chicago, IL, United States

Industry: Legal | Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: Oct 21, 2021

Salary: USD 90000 to 150000 Annually | Experience: 8 Years

Practice Areas: Litigation, Litigation - General/Commercial

Qualifications: Qualifications: JD Degree. Admitted to practice in Illinois, can waive into the Illinois bar, or is willing to take the Illinois bar exam no later than summer of 2021. Highly qualified applicants will generally have 8+ years of legal experience. Experience as lead counsel in federal or state litigation. Ability to communicate effectively in multiple written forms and in oral advocacy. Highly collaborative with the desire to consult and share information with other colleagues across disciplines and departments. Ability to lead projects to completion with strategic thinking and problem-solving. Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and identify priorities amidst competing demands Demonstrated experience in recruiting, developing, supervising, and retaining a diverse team of attorneys and legal staff. Ability to navigate a wide variety of stakeholders and build respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds. Consistently integrates deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the office, using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, and other factors.


Job Description:
Deputy Legal Director
Duties: Serve as close partner to the Legal Director in the development of new litigation strategies and case priorities. Supervise cases involving early and mid-career attorneys seeking to develop litigation skills, and approve major strategic decisions in these cases in consultation with the Legal Director and other staff as appropriate. Communicate regularly with the Legal Department and other organizational staff about obligations and boundaries that must be observed to ensure that the Legal Department meets the highest standard of ethics and minimizes organizational risk. Consult outside counsel on complex legal issues where necessary to fulfill these responsibilities. Serve as a leader in the Legal Department, supporting the development and execution of department-wide work and modeling inclusive leadership. Promote a team-oriented culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, professional growth, and job satisfaction. Design systems to promote more effective working partnerships within and across departments. Execute annual performance evaluation processes. Oversee and maintain efficiency in Legal Department systems. Work with staff in the Legal and Communications Departments to ensure consistent updates to case information on the ACLU-IL website and in reports to the Board. Manage the legal internship program. Oversee IT needs for the Legal Department. Work with Legal Director on recruitment and hiring efforts. Assess training needs for early and mid-career attorneys. Design and execute training programs. Serve as personnel supervisor to legal administrative staff, intake volunteers, and other staff as needed. Supervise and oversee legal intake. Partner with the Legal Director and staff in other Departments to anticipate and identify instances where advocacy and public education are necessary.


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