Monday, October 22, 2007


Corp Counsel - Employment and Policy Litigation

The Employment and Policy Litigation Division is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel. The Division defends all City Departments and the City of Chicago in discrimination lawsuits brought by current and former employees, defends the Chicago Police Department in cases alleging police misconduct, and also defends claims of unconstitutional policies, practices, or customs. Division attorneys practice in state and federal courts and have a sophisticated and complex litigation practice that involves extensive motion practice, intensive discovery, settlement negotiations and trial exposure.

The preferred candidate will:
* Have a minimum of 5 years experience as an attorney;
* Have prior litigation experience and/or strong interest in litigation practice;
* Have motion practice and discovery experience;
* Have strong written and oral communication skills;
* Have demonstrated the ability to work well with others;
* Have the ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines;
* Exhibit leadership and initiative on assigned tasks; and
* Have the highest ethical standards and integrity.

If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in the position, please submit a complete packet on or before October 30, 2007.

A complete packet must contain the following:

- Resume;
- Personnel Data Form(attached)
- Two writing samples (see writing sample policy below);
- Three references (name, address and phone number only);
- Official Law School Transcript and
- For law school graduates, proof of membership in good standing with the Illinois Bar or a letter stating you are eligible to sit for the Illinois Bar from the Illinois Board of Bar Examiners.

You can either e-mail your entire packet of information or send it to:

City of Chicago , Department of Law
Legal Recruiter
121 N. LaSalle - 600
Chicago , IL 60602

Upon request, a summary of the consent decree entered in the federal court case of Michael L. Shakman et. al. v. The Democratic Organization of Cook County,  etc. which outlines the requirements that the City of Chicago must follow in its hiring practices, is available.

In the event you are not currently a resident of the City of Chicago, you should also be aware that you cannot join the City's work force unless you are a resident.

For more information on the Department of Law, please visit our web site at

Writing Sample Policy:

All writing samples submitted in consideration for employment should comply with the following criteria:

Each writing sample submitted should be no less than 5 and no more than 12 pages in length.

Each writing sample should be accompanied by a cover page explaining (a) the sample's original purpose (e.g., a legal writing class assignments; a moot court brief; an internal memorandum for an employer; a court pleading); (b) when and for whom the sample was written; (c) the extent of editing by any third party; and (d) if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, the nature of that larger document, including issues addressed. If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential or privileged information, the applicant must identify the steps taken (e.g., redactions; changed names; consent obtained from a client or an employer) to preserve the confidential or privileged nature of the document.

Each writing sample submitted should demonstrate the applicant's ability to analyze legal issues, such as an argument section of a brief. If an applicant submits a portion of a larger work, the applicant should provide context for the section submitted.

Each writing sample should be written within two years of submission.

For current and former judicial clerks who choose to submit a judicial opinion or order as a writing sample, it must be a published opinion or order. It also must be accompanied by a letter from the judge authorizing the use of the opinion or order.

If a writing sample was authored by more than one attorney, the applicant should identify which portions of the writing sample he or she wrote. When an applicant submits a heavily edited or coauthored writing sample, he or she needs to indicate which sections they authored and describe the extent of the editing. It is desirable for applicants to submit unedited writing samples for consideration.

If an applicant submits a writing sample marked "confidential," the applicant must also include a statement that he or she has obtained the necessary permission to use the document as a writing sample.

When an applicant submits a redacted writing sample, the applicant should explain the redactions (such as redacting factual information to
protect client confidentiality).

If an applicant is unable to comply with any of the above criteria, he or she should submit a brief explanation outlining the reasons.

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