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ProfileVolunteer Law Clerk The candidate will participate in negotiations and Client advising meetings, conduct research and analysis to draft dispositive motions on constitutional or procedural issues of law, and - utilizing an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license - appear on behalf of the City in Court or before Administrative Tribunals. Substantive Work: Real Estate Division attorneys focus on transactional matters involving City land such as purchases, sales, leasing, zoning, land marking, easements, rights of entry, and licenses, as well as condemnation of, and agreements for, land redevelopment. Real Estate is also involved with the uses of the City’s public ways, including vacation and dedication. Real Estate’s clients include the Departments of Planning and Development, Transportation, and Fleet and Facilities Management. Real Estate attorneys work with various programs such as Neighborhood Stabilization, Preserving Communities Together, Adjacent Neighbors Land Acquisition, Neighbor Space, Sealed Bid Sales, Negotiated Sales, and the Large Lots Program. Real Estate attorneys also work on intergovernmental agreements between the City and other City and State bodies, such as the Public Building Commission and the Board of Education, to implement cooperative redevelopment efforts. The Real Estate Division has been instrumental in the structuring and implementation of the Digital Signs Network Initiative. Additionally, the Real Estate Division serves as counsel to various commissions and committees and their staff. These include the Plan Commission, the Landmarks Commission and the Community Development Commission. Norfolk/Southern Railroad: Sale of land for intermodal facility and alley and street vacations. Bloomingdale Trail: Assistance in acquisitions, intergovernmental agreement with Park District, and other agreements. Union Station: New intermodal facility involving condemnation, negotiated sale agreements, easements, and management agreements. Student and Volunteer Attorney Opportunities in Real Estate: Participants gain experience in the City's purchase, sale, leasing, condemnation, and zoning of land projects; management of the public way and public open spaces; ""green"" initiatives; and execution of the City's Affordable Housing and Urban Redevelopment Programs. Participants draft redevelopment agreements, attend negotiating sessions, prepare ordinances, and assist at closings.
Send cover letter (Indicate program), resume, Law School Transcript (official or unofficial), one writing sample.
City of Chicago Department of Law
30 N. La Salle - 1640
Chicago, IL 60602