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Assistant Corporation Counsel III – Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division, Reversed-Conviction Section

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website City of Chicago

Department of Law

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel III (ACC) for the Reversed-Conviction Section in the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division. The Division defends alleged civil rights violations or state law liability claims based on allegations of police misconduct or abuse of authority in both federal and state courts. The Reversed-Conviction Section is responsible for cases in which plaintiffs bring federal and state law claims alleging police misconduct resulted in their wrongful conviction. An ACC in this section must have experience in civil litigation in federal court and excellent research and writing skills. They will work under the supervision of the Deputy and Chief in the Reversed-Conviction Section. This ACC will assist outside counsel in all aspects of civil rights litigation, pleadings through trial. Most of these cases are complex and require intensive discovery and motion practice that will require the ACC’s assistance. This ACC will assist in reporting and data collection and monitoring trials and other court proceedings. This ACC position will involve a great amount of research, writing, editing, and developing litigation strategy. This ACC may also have occasional opportunities to assist in in-house litigation and represent clients directly.

Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application along with your resume here on this site.

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below; and (3) explains why you are interested in this position.
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Federal civil litigation experience, including one or more of the following areas: conducting in-depth legal research, writing and editing pleadings, motions and other court filings, taking or defending depositions, participating in evidentiary hearings, assisting in jury or bench trials, or clerking for a judge;
  • Superior writing, research, and editing skills;
  • Superior communication skills (written/verbal);
  • Excellent judgment
  • Proficient in typical litigation technology and software such as Microsoft Office products and Adobe Acrobat;
  • Exceptional organizational skills;
  • The ability to work well with others;
  • The ability to exhibit initiative on assigned tasks;
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines;
  • and Commitment to public service