Equip for Equality is a civil rights organization for people with disabilities in Illinois. We are seeking a full-time Staff Attorney for a fellowship that will focus on advancing the civil rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the criminal justice system.
The Fellow will primarily work to monitor and ensure the effective implementation of the recent class settlement agreement reached in Holmes v. Baldwin, which requires the Illinois Department of Corrections to make substantial changes to its treatment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
Some travel to Illinois prisons is required. This fellowship is funded by Winston & Strawn and will focus on implementation of the Holmes settlement agreement, which could last between 2-4 years, with the possibility of being extended, and can be located in any of our offices.
The selected candidate must have a law degree, excellent organization, communication and writing skills, and a strong commitment to civil rights of people with disabilities, including in the criminal justice system. American Sign Language and/or Spanish is a plus.
Equip for Equality values personal as well as professional experience with people with disabilities. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is open immediately and has a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Diverse candidates are welcome.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations. Apply online or send materials to Megan Loutfi, Human Resources Manager, Equip for Equality, 20 N. Michigan, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60602, fax: 312-541-2378, MeganL@equipforequality.org.