Job Details

Legislative Staff Attorney

Company name

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Sep 03, 2021

Valid Through

Dec 17, 2021

Posted on

Jul 07, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 53600 to 98000 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
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Legislative Staff Attorney
The candidate will analyzes and drafts legislation, policy issues and proposals, governmental regulations, rules, and executive orders. Researches, analyzes and prepares recommendations, position papers, testimony and other documents. Participates in developing short- and long-term plans and strategies for legislative advocacy, preparing memoranda on potential and pending legislation. Meets regularly with state legislators and/or their staff, and attends hearings, press conferences, and relevant legislative meetings to submit written materials, to testify to the organization's position on issues and legislation, and to obtain information. Develops and maintains an appropriate network of ties to other organizations, experts, and interested and knowledgeable individuals with similar interests and goals; initiates and maintains coalitions; attends community events, and presents policy positions. Prepares reports of substantive legislative trends and relevant actions initiated and taken to promote advocacy of positions, and any continuing efforts in coalition building, lobbying, or legislative strategies, and maintains time sheets reflecting areas and advocacy work performed. Works closely with communications staff to develop media relationships to obtain press coverage for policy positions, and may participate in litigation as needed.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Juris Doctor or equivalent degree; Undergraduate and graduate majors and courses directly relevant to civil rights and advocacy concerns are desired. Must 2 years progressively responsible experience; experience in civil rights and public interest fields are preferred. Legislative experience is a plus. Background in immigration issues is also a plus. Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting the Latino community are a plus. Knowledge of civil rights policy and law, immigration policy and law, and/or education policy and law is also desired. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is essential. Excellent research, writing, and communication skills are required. Evidence of the ability to apply legal or other training to legislative analysis is needed.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
MALDEF Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
188 West Randolph Street
Suite 1405
Chicago, IL


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