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City of Chicago – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Employment Litigation (ELIT) Division (Job Number: 327412)

City of Chicago – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Employment Litigation (ELIT) Division (Job Number: 327412) (posted 8/5/19 closes 8/20/19)

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring. Please share the following job opportunity with your association/organization members, and any colleagues you think might be interested. Additional information can be found within the actual posting at  Applications must be submitted in accordance with the posting below. No email applications will be accepted.

The City of Chicago is a diverse organization and welcomes diverse applicants.

DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Employment Litigation (ELIT) Division

Number of Vacancies:  1

The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel (ACC) in its Employment Litigation Division. The Employment Litigation Division defends the City of Chicago and public officials against allegations of discrimination as well as other civil rights and employment law violations brought by prospective, current, and former employees.

Division ACCs practice in federal court as well as in state court. The Division handles sophisticated and complex litigation matters (including class actions) that involve extensive motion practice, intensive discovery, settlement negotiations, and trials.

The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel of the Employment Litigation Division and will be responsible for maintaining his or her own case load; trying cases, drafting pleadings, drafting briefs, conducting discovery, and negotiating settlements.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at Number: 327412).


Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2014 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • a minimum of three years of experience in federal court litigation, including drafting motions for summary judgment, taking and defending depositions, and engaging in ESI discovery;
  • negotiation and settlement experience;
  • admission to the Federal Trial Bar (or eligible for admission to the Federal Trial Bar pursuant to LR83.11);
  • exceptional research skills;
  • superior writing skills;
  • the ability to work well with others;
  • demonstrated history of exhibiting leadership and initiative on assigned tasks;
  • the ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines; and
  • a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before August 20, 2019.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by August 20, 2019.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application, and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples (preferably including a motion for summary judgment); and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent).

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before August 20, 2019; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.  Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

NOTE REGARDING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials.  Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above.  Submission of references and/or additional materials with your hard copy materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard-copy material is August 20, 2019.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources.  Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.