The Community Activism Law Alliance (“CALA”) is a new legal services
Chicago that uses a “community activism lawyering”
philosophy. Our unique model brings free
legal services directly into
underserved communities by establishing “community activism-law
with activist community organizations. Each clinic is developed and
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
(SWOP). In addition, we offer community legal education and limited
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
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
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)
litigation, including federal court practice.
Candidates should also have experience in,and a commitment to, supporting
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
work schedule. Preference may be given to applicants who are fluent in
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
is a fundraising priority for the organization.
CALA is an equal
opportunity workplace and is committed to working closely and
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
underrepresented in the legal profession are highly encouraged to apply.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history
January 12, 2016.