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Assistant Corporation Counsel III – Appeals Division

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Department of Law is Hiring!

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel III in its Appeals Division. The Appeals Division handles all appellate matters for the City and appears in the Illinois Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, and occasionally other courts. Attorneys in this Division are responsible for briefing and, with rare exceptions, arguing their own cases. Typical staffing for a case on appeal is one Assistant Corporation Counsel, as well as the Deputy Corporation Counsel and Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel. Division attorneys also provide advice to the trial divisions on appellate issues and, at times, on legal issues with which the Division has considerable experience. Appeals attorneys generally do not specialize in a particular subject matter but handle the full range of appellate issues, including labor and employment, torts, civil rights, tax and revenue, regulation, issues arising under ordinances and statutes, administrative review, and other cases involving city government and programs.

Ideal candidates will possess the following:
*Minimum one year legal experience as practicing attorney;
*Involvement in at least one of the following activities in law school: moot court, law review, law journal, appellate clinic, or judicial externship or internship;
*Superior academic achievement in law school, as reflected by measures such as grade- point average, class rank, honors, or rigor of the school;
*After law school, at least a one-year appellate clerkship or research position with an appellate court, or primary responsibility for drafting at least two appellate briefs in CIVIL appeals
*Ability to research and analyze complex issues;
*Organized and clear writing;
*Strong oral communication;
*Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues and supervisors; and
*Strong commitment to public service and some familiarity with municipal issues or related experience in subject matters frequently litigated in the Appeals Division, like civil rights, federal and state constitutional law, preemption, administrative review.

Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application along with the required documents on the City of Chicago Careers website by the post date listed on the website.

*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;
*Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
*One writing sample; 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.