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The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (“the Authority”), based in downtown Chicago, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Attorney for the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. Under the direct supervision of the General Counsel/Chief of Staff, the attorney for the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant acts as the liaison for the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) to the Federal and State Grants Unit for VOCA related matters to ensure compliance.
The VOCA attorney formulates and implements policies and procedures for the administration of VOCA funds in Illinois; reviews and analyzes Requests for Proposals and contracts related to VOCA grants made by the agency to ensure compliance with state and federal laws as well as agency rules and policies; consults with and advises other agency staff and community stakeholders regarding the application of laws and regulations. The VOCA attorney collaborates with the Research and Analysis unit to develop priorities and policies related to VOCA funds; provides policy-based and research-driven advice to agencies, community stakeholders, and grantees regarding the use of VOCA funds; drafts proposed legislative bills, amendments, resolutions, rules and regulations related to VOCA priorities and goals; travels as necessary to advocate for legislation and policies that align with the agency’s VOCA-related priorities and goals. The VOCA attorney also conducts complex legal research and writing related to any legal issues pertaining to VOCA and/or the agency’s administration of VOCA funds; conducts negotiations with government officials, grantees, or vendors regarding interagency agreements, VOCA grant agreements, or service contracts related to VOCA grants.
An ideal candidate would possess the following attributes:
• License to practice law in Illinois
• Three years of experience in administration law in a public or business organization
• Demonstrated experience in analyzing and drafting legislative initiatives and proposals
• Ability to maintain successful working relationships with both State and local agencies
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows 95
• Ability to travel
Interest should be expressed by email with cover letter and resume to Ms. Luz Agosto, Associate Director of Human Resources, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Luz.email@example.com Application process closes on July 8, 2016. Created in 1983, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is a state agency dedicated to improving the state’s criminal justice system. The Authority brings together key leaders from the justice system and public to identify critical issues, and to propose and evaluate policies, programs, and legislation that address those issues. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to embodying the principle of diversity in all aspects of its operations. In that spirit, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, and veteran status.
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
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
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
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.
Insurance Coverage Attorney Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a leading national law firm, is seeking an Associate with 3-6 years of litigation experience, a commitment to exceptional client service, top quality writing skills and strong academic credentials for its Chicago office. The ideal candidate possesses a background in insurance coverage, experience in litigation and counseling, creativity, and ability to excel in a fast paced challenging environment. The insurance services practice involves toxic tort, environmental, professional liability, and other types of commercial coverages. This is an exceptional opportunity for candidates seeking a high level of responsibility in a diverse and progressive law firm environment. The Firm offers a competitive benefits package and opportunity for advancement. Illinois bar license required. Please submit your cover letter, resume, transcript, and a writing sample in confidence through the firm's website (www.hinshawlaw.com). Please upload all required documents into one PDF attachment. Only candidates contacted for an interview will receive a response. Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer. http://hinshawlaw.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2j6h4h2p3ha
Office of the General Counsel U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a general attorney position in its Region 5 Office. WHO MAY APPLY: This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill multiple positions. DUTY STATION: Chicago, Illinois SALARY RANGE: $64,174- $140,511 OPEN PERIOD: 09/30/2015 - 10/19/2015 JOB SUMMARY: Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department's programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization's various agencies and divisions. OGC is comprised of three principal subcomponents: the Immediate Office, the Headquarters Divisions and the Regional Offices. Each Headquarters Division is led by an Associate General Counsel and each of the ten Regional Offices is led by a Chief Counsel. The eight (8) Headquarters Divisions consist of the following: the General Law Division (GLD), Children, Families and Aging Division (CFAD), Ethics Division (ETH), Civil Rights Division (CRD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Division (CMSD), Food and Drug Division (FDD), Legislation (LEG) and Public Health Division (PHD). The ten (10) Regional offices are located in the following cities; Region I-Boston, Region II- New York, Region III-Philadelphia, Region IV-Atlanta, Region V-Chicago, Region VI-Dallas, Region VII-Kansas City, Region VIII-Denver, Region IX-San Francisco and Region X-Seattle. OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates. DUTIES: This is a General Attorney position in the Chicago Regional Office (Region 5). As a collegial office comprising twenty-six (26) attorneys and five support staff, attorneys in the Chicago office the employees are expected to work independently and as a team with more than 400 OGC colleagues around the nation. The incumbent of this position will provide legal advice and litigation services to the agencies within HHS Region 5, particularly the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Public Health Service, the Indian Health Service, the Administration for Children and Families and the Office for Civil Rights. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed on this announcement. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Experience is demonstrated exemplary legal writing and oral advocacy abilities, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and display a capacity to work with diverse individuals and groups. The following are required qualifications:
To be considered, please provide a cover letter of no more than 950 words that discusses each of the following competencies: 1. General Legal - Writing ability, analytical and problem-solving skills, and experience preparing legal briefs and/or memoranda; 2. Litigation - Litigation experience before Federal trial and appellate courts and/or administrative bodies; 3. Laws and Regulations - Experience in applying statutes, regulations, and policies; and 4. Client Advice and Relationships- Experience providing oral and written advice and ability to relate effectively with clients. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY: Please submit the following documents to Reg V Hiring Committee@hhs.govand/or Janice Rosiak, Office Administrator United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the General Counsel 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 700 Chicago, IL 60601 to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:
IP Associate – Chicago or St. Louis
Thompson Coburn is seeking an Intellectual Property Associate with 2-6 years of experience in patent prosecution. Applicants must have a background in electrical engineering or computer science as well as exceptional academic achievement and strong writing skills, and must be licensed to practice before the USPTO. The ideal candidate will have experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications addressing computer software and hardware technology and must be open to supporting litigation. Some litigation experience is a plus. This position is not open to candidates from recruiting agencies.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for a full-time United States Magistrate Judge position in the Eastern Division, with the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse at Chicago, Illinois as the duty station. The deadline for the submission of completed applications is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The filling of this position is contingent on approval by the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System. The successful candidate for this Magistrate Judge position will be appointed on June 16, 2016.
The duties of the position of a United States Magistrate Judge are demanding and wide-ranging. The responsibilities of a United States Magistrate Judge include conducting most preliminary proceedings in federal criminal cases, the trial and disposition of federal misdemeanor cases as well as civil cases upon consent of the litigants, conducting various civil pretrial matters, such as settlement conferences and other proceedings on reference from the district judges of the Court. The duties of the position of United States Magistrate Judge are specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.
ELIGIBILITY: To be qualified for appointment as a United States Magistrate Judge, an applicant must:
(1) be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years;
(2) be competent to perform all of the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
(3) be less than seventy years of age; and
(4) not be related to a judge of the district court.
SALARY, RETIREMENT BENEFITS: The present annual salary of the position is $185,012. A United States Magistrate Judge who retires after attaining the age of 65 years and serving at least 14 years, whether continuously or not, shall be entitled to receive, during the remainder of the Magistrate Judge's lifetime, an annuity equal to the salary being received at the time the Magistrate Judge leaves office.
APPLICATION & APPOINTMENT PROCESS: Applicants must not seek interviews with or submit letters of reference to individual judges or members of the Merit Selection Panel. All applications must be typewritten on the PDF fillable official application form. The official form may be downloaded from the Court's web site at
. Copies of the application form may also be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. District Court at the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Suite 2050, Chicago, IL 60604 or by calling (312) 435-5359.
A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applications and recommend to the judges of the Court in confidence, a list of the persons whom it considers best qualified. The Court will make the appointment following a Federal Bureau of Investigation full-field investigation and Internal Revenue Service tax check of the person selected to fill the position. An affirmative action effort will be made to give consideration to all qualified candidates, including women and members of minority groups.
DEADLINE: The original of the completed application with a signature of the applicant along with the required waiver forms, and a jump drive containing an electronic copy of the application and both waiver forms in PDF format must be received by the Office of the Clerk of the United States District Court at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Suite 2050, Chicago, IL 60604 by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The original application must be not be bound. Submitted applications will not be returned to applicants.
CONFIDENTIALITY: All applications will be kept confidential, except as necessary for the Merit Selection Panel to perform its duties, and all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and district judges of the District Court.
Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic 11 am to 2 pm on the Second Saturday of each month.
The Chinese American Service League (CASL) is the largest, most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of Chinese Americans. At CASL, we welcome all who walk through our doors regardless of age, gender and race. The Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic runs once a month on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Our cases run a wide range, including family law; family immigration, torts, housing, landlord-tenant, contracts, commercial fraud, and personal bankruptcy.
We welcome attorneys in all areas of practice! During the clinic, they interview clients through student interpreters, gather facts, issue spot, do on-the-spot research (legal or just informational), inform and advise clients during the clinic. Sometimes volunteer attorneys help write simple demand letters or inquiries during the clinic. They also help with referrals with the referral information provided by the clinic. Pro bono representation is always encouraged, but not required.
For attorneys to attend our clinic, they simply need to fill out the registration form and email to Chicagolegalclinic@caslservice.org (specify language ability such as Mandarin vs. Cantonese, if any (though not required).
The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening is comprised of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA), Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL), Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL), Hellenic Bar Association (HBA), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois (PRBA), and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) working collaboratively to improve the process of screening judicial candidates in Cook County, Illinois. Please see below for AABA's ratings of judicial candidates for retention and election in the November 8, 2016 General Election.