The Community Activism Law Alliance (“CALA”) is a new legal services organization in
Chicago that uses a “community activism lawyering” philosophy. Our unique model brings free
legal services directly into underserved communities by establishing “community activism-law
clinics” with activist community organizations. Each clinic is developed and operated
collaboratively with a partner organization, and supports the organization’s efforts for social
change. Our current clinic partners are Enlace Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos:
Immigrant Workers Project, Organized Communities Against Deportations, and Sex Worker
Outreach Project (SWOP). In addition, we offer community legal education and limited legal
support to other activist organizations.
CALA is looking for an experienced litigation attorney with genuine interest in community
lawyering, connecting the law with grassroots activism, and being part of a new legal services
model to be a part of our early development. The senior attorney will have two primary
responsibilities: 1) handling cases for two “community activism-law clinics” located directly in
communities on the south and west sides of Chicago, and 2) supervising and mentoring CALA’s
CALA’s clinics provide legal services in several areas of law, particularly immigration, housing,
family, and labor/employment. While candidates should have experience in at least one of the
above-mentioned areas, our priority is an attorney with extensive experience (minimum 4 years)
in civil litigation, including federal court practice.
Candidates should also have experience in,and a commitment to, supporting young attorneys.
They must also be prepared to work non-traditional hours—some evenings and the occasional
weekend day—and in non-traditional, multiple locations; in exchange, they are afforded great flexibility
in work schedule. Preference may be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish.
The starting salary will be based upon experience and qualifications, at minimum $50,000.
Benefits include medical insurance, limited travel reimbursement, generous paid time off, and
coverage of professional fees. As CALA is a new organization, we hope to offer quick salary
increases; it is a fundraising priority for the organization.
CALA is an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to working closely and effectively
with the communities that we serve. Individuals self-identifying as people of color, LGBTQI,
working-class or poor, persons with a disability, or as otherwise having backgrounds and
experiences underrepresented in the legal profession are highly encouraged to apply.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history to
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 12, 2016.