Women's and Reproductive Rights Project Staff Counsel

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The salary will be according to the ACLU salary scale.




150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
United States



The ACLU’s Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project (“WRRP” or “Project”) seeks, through coordinated litigation, public education, and legislative and regulatory advocacy, to secure medical privacy and bodily autonomy and to make certain that all in our society have access to safe and effective contraception, sexuality education, reproductive technologies, prenatal care, childbearing assistance and safe, legal, and accessible abortion. Our advocacy seeks to ensure that women can participate equally in the professional, academic, and social spheres of our society and that they and their families have the rights and resources that make such participation possible. Project litigation has included challenges to bans on abortion procedures; restraints on minors’ access to abortion and contraception; restrictive clinic regulations; discrimination in state Medicaid coverage for reproductive health care; laws mandating waiting periods prior to abortion; laws prohibiting prenatal genetic testing; and other restrictions on access to reproductive health care. The Project’s litigation docket also includes cases involving challenges to religious restrictions on the provision of care and information as well as cases involving pregnancy-related discrimination in employment and other contexts. The Project has advanced numerous advocacy campaigns to increase access to broad spectrum reproductive health care and information and to advance gender equality, including: promoting access to medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education; access to emergency contraception; protections for patients facing religiously-based denials of care and information; equal participation for women in the workplace and professional and civic spheres of society; and protections for domestic violence survivors in their homes. The Project is particularly concerned with issues affecting low income women, teens, and women of color. The Project works in collaboration with local, regional, and national reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates, including the ACLU’s National Office and the ACLU’s nationwide network of state affiliates.


The Project seeks an attorney with significant litigation and advocacy experience for a full-time staff counsel position. The Project invites applications from experienced litigation attorneys who have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, and who would be interested in, and capable of, playing a lead role in complex innovative litigation and policy advocacy. Under the supervision of the Project Director and the Roger Baldwin Foundation’s Legal Director, the Project Staff Counsel will work to develop and litigate reproductive rights and gender equity cases, including legal research, drafting of pleadings and briefs, discovery, motion practice, and trials and appeals in both state and federal courts. The Project Staff Counsel will also be involved in developing and implementing advocacy strategies that advance the Project’s mission. In this context, the Project Staff Counsel will collaborate with non-legal staff, including those in the Communications and Advocacy Departments. The Project Staff Counsel will work closely with and supervise Project Fellows, volunteer attorneys, and legal interns who assist in the Project’s activities. The Project Staff Counsel will have substantial public speaking obligations and will respond to media requests.


  • At least 7 years of litigation experience preferred
  • Self-motivated and committed to reproductive rights and justice
  • Ability to participate in all stages of complex litigation and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to supervise junior lawyers and to collaborate with cooperating counsel
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and diverse community organizations and coalitions
  • Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings


Benefits include four weeks paid vacation after first year; medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and their eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest, list of litigation experience, references, law school transcript, and legal writing samples to jobs@aclu-il.org and use the subject line: WRRP Staff Counsel. No calls or snail mail please. Applications will be accepted beginning May 4, 2018 until the position is filled. 

The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.