The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLC) seeks a Staff Attorney for our Housing Opportunity Project to support the organization’s efforts to fight discrimination in housing and to advance affirmative advocacy to expand access to fair, safe, and affordable housing. Founded in 1969, CLC is Chicago’s preeminent non-profit civil rights legal organization. Building on our history of long-standing partnerships with nearly 50 member law firms, CLC’s recent strategic planning has produced a new mission statement and strategic direction setting forth an explicit focus on racial equity and community empowerment. We provide legal representation through continued pro bono and co-counsel partnerships with the private bar, and collaborate with grassroots organizations and other advocacy groups to implement community-based solutions that advance civil rights. CLC’s advocacy tool box includes direct legal services in litigation and transactional matters, impact litigation, policy advocacy, community education, and coalition building.
Our current advocacy projects include educational equity, housing opportunity, voting rights and civic empowerment, hate crimes, and community economic development, along with a new police accountability initiative. We also partner with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to operate the Settlement Assistance Project. Located in downtown Chicago, CLC has a 23-member staff and a $2.1 million annual budget with a healthy mix of funding sources.
This is an exciting position for an attorney with substantial litigation and policy advocacy experience who can bring skills to the role at a time when aggressive civil rights advocacy is needed more than ever. The Staff Attorney will be a part of the team for 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 and healthy housing, and other housing-related issues. The position will involve representing individuals in administrative matters and courts, as well as impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community-based education. The Staff Attorney must demonstrate a passion for civil rights, racial equity, and community empowerment, and possess the skills needed to be a successful advocate. He or she will report to the Advocacy Director.
- Work with CLC’s Advocacy Director to help create and implement a vision for the Housing Opportunity Project that expands high impact litigation and policy advocacy based on systems and structural analysis with an explicit racial equity lens.
- Handle a portfolio of direct services cases, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.
- Participate on a project team that includes attorneys, as well as staff focused on intake, outreach, training, and fair housing test coordination.
- Work with other staff on the Housing Opportunity Project to strengthen community partnerships and identify new sources of case referrals.
- Work with development staff and other members of the Housing Opportunity Project to help manage the HUD Fair Housing grant and other funding sources.
- Work effectively with pro bono attorneys and co-counsel in litigation matters and other advocacy.