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Illinois Civil Rights Trial Attorney

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The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center seeks a talented and dedicated trial attorney for its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that has litigated countless high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases. RSMJC is a national organization, with offices in St. Louis, New Orleans, Oxford, Mississippi, and D.C. The Illinois office seeks to advance prisoner, immigrant, community, and racial justice in Illinois and throughout the country through trial litigation. For more information about the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, please see the organization’s website: https://www.macarthurjustice.org/illinois/

Role & Responsibilities:

RSMJC is looking for a staff attorney who is passionate about transformational justice and criminal legal system reform, de-incarceration, and trial work. The successful candidate will focus on a broad array of issues, including civil rights abuses arising from police misconduct, the rights of prisoners and detainees, the criminalization of poverty, indigent defense, prosecutorial misconduct, and the constitutional rights of the accused. Specific responsibilities include:

·      Litigating damages and injunctive actions on the Illinois office’s docket, including through case development and investigation; client and community relationship-building; discovery, including document review, written discovery and taking depositions; legal research and brief-writing; and trial and hearing preparation and presentation;

·      Working to promote systemic change of criminal systems and to grow the organization’s presence at the national level;

·      Participating in community meetings and actions, and building and sustaining relationships with community leaders, activists, local organizations, RSMJC attorneys in the other offices, and co-counsel;

·      Organizing and participating in conferences and meetings addressing key litigation issues and practice areas;

·      Traveling as required for court appearances, depositions, and meetings with clients.

Experience and Qualifications:

·      J.D. degree required, and at least three years of litigation experience preferred;

·      Strong familiarity with concepts of criminal procedure, constitutional law, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 litigation;

·      Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills;

·      Comfortable working in detention centers and with people caught up in the criminal legal system;

·      A desire to engage in community lawyering, and a willingness to use the law creatively and strategically to seek justice for clients;

·      Ability to collaborate and to foster a team environment, a commitment to creating a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming, and a willingness to honor the diverse experiences and perspectives of MJC staff and clients;

·      Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines;

·      Admission to the Illinois Bar, or willingness to obtain admission within one year of hiring.

The criminal legal system disproportionally harms people of color, people from low-income communities, people who were formerly incarcerated, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. We strongly encourage people who identify within these and other communities underrepresented in the legal profession to apply. All applicants must have and be committed to the cultural competence required to work with clients and co-workers who come from different backgrounds and experiences.

LOCATION: Chicago, IL

COMPENSATION: The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. The salary range at RSMJC for a junior to mid-level attorney is $110,000 to $118,000; however, salary will be commensurate with experience and based on years out of law school.

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center seeks a talented and dedicated trial attorney for its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that has litigated countless high-impact civil rights and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 110,000 - USD 118,000

Benefits

Generous benefits package includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K and defined contribution plan, paid time off, sick, company and floating holidays.

Generous benefits package includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K and defined contribution plan, paid time off, sick, company and floating holidays.

Location

On-site
Chicago, IL, USA

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter addressing your experience relevant to the considerations above. Candidates are encouraged to discuss any personal experience motivating their interest in criminal legal system reform and civil rights litigation. Please also send a resume, recent writing sample, and two references.  All application materials should be emailed to applications@macarthurjustice.org.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until October 15, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. 

The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter addressing your experience relevant to the considerations above. Candidates are encouraged to discuss any personal experience…

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