For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether reducing the prison and jail population, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ community, reducing immigration detention, or ending unjust laws that strip people of their fundamental right to vote due to criminal convictions, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly to defend our rights in the courts, influence public policy, and empower communities to advance rights for all. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy experts, lobbyists, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.
The ACLU of Illinois civil liberties program seeks, through coordinated litigation, public education, and legislative advocacy, to secure the rights of equality, due process, expression, association, belief, and privacy for all people. We work in collaboration with local and national organizations as well as the ACLU’s National Office and the ACLU’s nationwide network of state affiliates.
The ACLU of Illinois seeks an attorney with substantial legal ability for a full-time Staff Attorney position. We invite applications from attorneys who have demonstrated a commitment to civil rights and civil liberties to play a key role in complex, innovative litigation and policy advocacy. Under the supervision of the Senior Staff Attorney for General Civil Liberties and other experienced lawyers, the Staff Attorney will work on a broad range of civil liberties issues, which may include free speech, freedom of religion, voting rights, racial justice, and privacy. While the Staff Attorney will be responsible for engaging in pro-active litigation around our strategic priority areas, they also will be expected to work closely with communications staff and policy advocates in support of our integrated advocacy model, which unites legal advocacy, public communications, and policy advocacy for maximum impact.
Investigating, developing, and litigating high-impact cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts.
Developing and implementing non-litigation advocacy campaigns, including pursuing program objectives through legislative efforts.
Serving as a policy expert and advocate ACLU issues in support of legislation and other campaigns, with responsibilities including public speaking, media interviews, outreach, and “know your rights” presentations, as well as writing op-eds, newsletter articles, and reports.
Representing the ACLU in coalitions seeking change through advocacy campaigns.
Working with volunteer lawyers who assist in program activities.
This is a two-year position subject to renewal.
The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
Three or more years of legal experience.
Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion.
Demonstrated ability to participate in all stages of complex litigation and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies.
Excellent legal analytical and research skills.
Demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively in legal and non-legal settings, and with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU.
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles.
Excellent track record of working with diverse teams.
A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done despite obstacles.
Experience working in coalition with policy and community-based organizations is optional, but preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation; 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.
About ACLU of Illinois
With a staff of 40 and more than 60,000 members, the ACLU of Illinois is one of the largest state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU has been at the forefront of every major battle for civil liberties and social justice in this country and continues to work through integrated advocacy to advance equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.