Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Executive Director LAF -Chicago

LAF seeks an experienced leader who is passionate about its mission to provide equal access to justice under the law to low income and elderly individuals and community organizations. This leader will work with a diverse and dedicated Board of Directors, strong management team, and exceptional staff. The current Executive Director is retiring after thirty years of excellent service to the program and the community.  The next Executive Director of LAF will have the opportunity to build on the vision and quality work of this fiscally-strong, highly-regarded program.
High priority roles and responsibilities for the new Executive Director include:
·        Continuing LAF’s leadership in providing high quality advocacy for low-income and elderly clients to gain equal access to justice under law, through litigation, holistic services, special projects and close connections to residents throughout Cook County’s neighborhoods;
·        Developing a clear strategic vision and priorities for LAF for the next two to five years;
·        Developing, supporting and engaging an expanded Board of Directors;
·        Maintaining the fiscal and operational strength of LAF by meeting Legal Services Corporation compliance regulations and other funder requirements;
·        Re-negotiating the contract of unionized staff in March 2009;
·        Serving as the public voice for LAF in the client community, the legal and wider community, the Illinois coalition of legal service providers, and the political community in Illinois and nationally;
·        Undertaking expanded fundraising efforts, including major gifts and planned giving;
·        Improving the effective use of technology for client services.
The successful Executive Director candidate will:
·        Be passionate about the mission of LAF and have a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services to low-income people;
·        Understand the unique challenges of a large urban legal aid program;
·        Be a successful leader and manager inside an organization and in the community, preferably with a legal aid program;
·        Be prepared to develop good working relationships between union and management;
·        Be successful and enthusiastic about fundraising;
·        Have experience managing the fiscal operations of a multi-million dollar organization;
·        Have worked productively with a Board of Directors;
·        Understand the effective use of technology for client services;
·        Have knowledge of Chicago or other major urban area;
·        Have practiced law;
·        Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
·        Value diversity and be culturally competent.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to apply before March 23, 2007.  Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing in detail why they are interested in the position of Executive Director of LAF as well as what they believe they can contribute to the future of the LAF and its client community.  The letter should be accompanied by a current resume and the names and contact information of three references.

Materials should be submitted electronically to in Microsoft Word format. 

The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago is being assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 617-556-0288,  Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.

Friday, February 23, 2007


Assistant Attorney General - Civil Appeals Division - Chicago

   The Civil Appeals Division represents state agencies and officials in civil appeals pending in state and federal courts of review.  These courts include the Illinois Supreme Court, all five districts of the Illinois Appellate Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Most of the Division's cases originate in the civil litigation bureaus of the Office (General Law, Revenue Litigation, for example).  The areas of law involved in these cases vary widely and include such diverse topics as constitutional law, administrative law, prisoner rights, labor law, tax law, employment discrimination, unemployment compensation, education, and so on.  The Division also handles administrative review matters that proceed directly to the appellate court from agencies like the Human Rights Commission, the Labor Relations Boards, the Pollution Control Board, and the Property Tax Appeal Board.
   Attorneys in the Division manage their own caseloads under the guidance of the Division Chief and three Supervising Attorneys and are responsible for briefing and arguing their own appeals.
Qualifications:  Candidates should have a minimum of three years legal experience or an appellate clerkship, as well as a demonstrated interest in appellate work.  Candidates must be licensed by the State of Illinois.
Salary:   Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the salary range is $50,500 to $67,500.
To ensure full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, references and writing sample to:
Ruta Stropus
Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development
Attn:  Adelaida Otero
Recruiting Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General
100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-3695
(312) 814-5024 (Fax)

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Assistant Attorney General - Satellite Office

Location: Satellite Offices (Chicago South Regional Office - 7906 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619)
The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking an attorney with sound judgment and excellent research and writing skills to work in the satellite offices.
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
  Perform advanced legal work in the Attorney General's Office and related     work as required.  Represent the Attorney General in legal proceedings as    assigned.  Represent the Attorney General in court cases.  The work is     performed under the professional direction of the Regional Counsel and     the Division Chief of the Consumer Protection Division.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
" Prepares and tries cases in various courts.
" Furnishes information on inquiries and complaints submitted to the Attorney General's Office.
" Takes statements from witnesses and participates in various hearings when requested by State officials.
" Represents the Attorney General in various outreach activities in the region. 
Required Education and Experience:
Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence; knowledge of State, federal and general municipal laws including accepted legal or court interpretations; knowledge of the organization, functions and legal limitations on the authority of the various State departments; knowledge of the principles of civil law.  Strong candidates will be skilled in analyzing, appraising and organizing facts, evidence and precedent and in presenting such materials effectively orally and in writing. 
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the salary range is $50,500 to $67,500.  Attorney candidates must be licensed by the State of Illinois.  Experienced attorneys are strongly encouraged to apply.
To ensure full consideration, please send cover letter and resume to:
 Ruta Stropus
 Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development
 Attn: Adelaida Otero
 Office of the Attorney General
 100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
 Chicago, Illinois 60601
 (312) 814-3695 
 (312) 814-5024 (Fax)

Monday, February 12, 2007


Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney
Legal - Corporate Center

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: J.D. degree and license to practice law in Illinois. Experience in municipal or other governmental body representation is desired. Experience in commercial transactions or public agency procurements is desired. Must have excellent research skills. Ability to utilize sound judgment in appraising and evaluating legal problems. Must have working knowledge of statutory and common laws applicable to municipal bodies. Proven ability to handle and maintain confidential information. Must have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

DUTIES: Assists in monitoring the Authority’s compliance with enabling legislation, including competitive procurement, reporting and record keeping, governmental ethics and affirmative action. Assists in monitoring and drafting documents for all Authority procurement activities to assure compliance with applicable laws. In combination with other legal staff or outside counsel and management, assists in the negotiation of contracts for the Authority’s corporate purposes. Assists in monitoring Authority contract administration activities, including providing assistance to administrative staff in drafting required correspondence. Responds to legal inquiries and causes of action directed to the Authority from third parties, including but not limited to requests under the Freedom of Information Act and discovery in circuit and federal court litigation and administrative agency proceedings. Counsels Authority staff with respect to the legal implications of the performance of their duties. Performs legal research relating to assigned work problems and reports on findings. Works with Authority management on complex commercial, construction and real estate transactions. Advises staff regarding legal issues associated with the financial affairs of the authority. Performs other duties as assigned.

Please send your resume by
Thursday, March 8, 2007 to

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