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ProfileChief Assistant Corporation Counsel (FCRL) Duties : Join Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division (“FCRL”). The Division defends sworn and civilian police personnel and the City of Chicago in federal and state lawsuits. These lawsuits concern alleged civil rights violations or state law liability claims based on allegations of police misconduct or abuse of authority. Division attorneys practice in both federal court and in the Circuit Court of Cook County, and they have a sophisticated and complex practice involving extensive motion practice, intensive discovery, settlement negotiations, and trial practice. Work under the general supervision of the Deputies Corporation Counsel of FCRL and will assist in the management of the work of the Division’s approximately 45 attorneys and 13 staff members. Litigate, file dispositive motions, and conduct jury trials and settlement negotiations in high-exposure and other cases. This includes handling a docket of own cases, as well as supervising Senior and Assistant Corporation Counsel in all phases of their assigned cases. In addition to supervising, training, and advising the attorneys and staff, include counseling client departments and City policymakers, assisting with budgetary matters, working with client departments to facilitate responses to discovery and other litigation requests, authorizing and evaluating settlement requests, preparing reports, analyzing legislation and court rulings relative to civil rights, tort law, and governmental immunities, and participating in hiring and disciplinary matters.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification : The candidate should have Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2007 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705). should preferably have 10+ years of legal experience as a licensed attorney, of which 3+ years were in a supervisory role or case management capacity; a minimum of 5 jury trials, with at least 3 trials as the first chair; litigation and trial experience in civil rights cases; extensive motion practice experience; extensive experience in depositions of fact, medical, and expert witnesses; extensive experience in examination and presentation of witnesses at trial; excellent oral communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of clients regarding their concerns and legal needs, often on an emergent basis; extensive experience in supervising, training, and advising attorneys and staff.
Deadline : July 2, 2018.
Job Number: 310974. Submit an on-line application along with resume; Cover letter; Law school transcript (official or unofficial); Two writing samples; and Current printout of attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at www.iardc.org (or admitted state bar's equivalent).
Department of Human Resources
City of Chicago Department of Law
30 N. La Salle - 1640
Chicago, IL 60602