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EFE requires full COVID-19 vaccination compliance including booster.

STAFF ATTORNEY – CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM, ANTI-DISCRIMINATION/EMPLOYMENT

The Civil Rights Team provides legal services to fight discrimination and remove barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in community life and pursuing their goals. The Anti-Discrimination/Employment practice group handles a wide range of legal issues impacting people with disabilities, including discrimination in employment; post-secondary education; healthcare; public accommodations and government services and programs; and transportation.

JOB SUMMARY

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting client interviews about all legal issues within the Anti-Discrimination/Employment Team, with a heavy emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Providing written and telephone advice to people with disabilities and family members
  • Performing oral and written advocacy and conducting negotiations on behalf of clients
  • Directly representing clients with disabilities in administrative or judicial forums, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Chicago Commission on Human Relations, Cook County Commission on Human Relations, and in state or federal court
  • Providing training on the legal rights of people with disabilities, with a focus on the ADA

This position reports to the Managing Attorney of Anti-Discrimination/Employment Team.

REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • A law degree and license
  • Minimum of 1 year civil legal experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with and/or commitment to working with low income and diverse client populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights
  • Personal and/or professional experience with people with disabilities
  • Spanish or other language fluency is a plus
  • Working understanding of the ADA and other disability rights laws is a plus
  • Occasional travel required throughout the State (adjusted as necessary due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • This position can be located in any of EFE’s offices across the State
  • EFE requires full COVID-19 vaccination compliance including booster.

Equip for Equality encourages qualified candidates of all backgrounds and identities to apply for this position.

Application Deadline, How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until September 16, 2022. Please include salary expectations in cover letter. Salary is commensurate with experience and EFE offers excellent benefits.

Please apply using the link below:

Staff Attorney – Civil Rights – Anti-Discrimination/Employment

Resumes without cover letters will not be considered

Because Equip for Equality is a community-serving organization and safety is of the utmost importance, Equip for Equality requires a background check for employees and others who volunteer or perform services for us depending on the role. The background check is run for employees once a conditional offer of employment has been extended. Background checks are conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, EFE’s policy, and paid for by EFE.  A disclosed record may not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment.

Do you need a reasonable accommodation for our application process?
Equip for Equality is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application process, please contact Human Resources at hiring@equipforequality.org and provide the nature of your request and your contact information. Disability related information that is disclosed via the application process will be kept confidential.

 

STAFF ATTORNEY – Special Education Rights Clinic – Education Justice Project                             

The Staff Attorney position is within the Special Education Clinic. The Special Education Clinic provides services to students of all disabilities and their families in securing vital special educational placements, supports and services. This Staff Attorney position involves expanding upon and initiating partnerships in St. Clair and Madison Counties to provide legal advice and representation to court-involved students with disabilities (or those at risk of court involvement) on special education issues.

JOB SUMMARY

The attorney will participate in all aspects of the Clinic’s work including:

  • providing brief written and telephone advice
  • oral and written advocacy
  • conducting outreach and initiating partnerships with community agencies and juvenile court stakeholders
  • conducting training to court personnel and community agencies on special education law
  • direct representation at IEP meetings, mediations, and expulsion hearings for court-involved students with disabilities or those at risk of court involvement
  • direct representation in due process hearings or federal court
  • Systemic litigation and advocacy

This position reports to the Vice President of the Special Education Clinic. Training will be provided on special education law, client interviewing, and our internal case management system. Opportunities will be provided to work with pro bono attorneys and law student interns as well as other professional development opportunities.

Our goal is to empower parents and families to be advocates while ensuring the rights of students with disabilities.

 

REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • A law degree and license (new graduates may apply even though they are not yet licensed; applicants barred in other states may apply if their UBE score qualifies them to be barred in IL or they are willing to take the bar exam)
  • A driver’s license
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Personal or professional experience with youth or young adults, preferably those who are low income, have disabilities, or are court involved
  • Travel required throughout St. Clair and Madison counties (and potentially other downstate counties as needed)
  • Commitment to civil rights and passion for working with court involved youth with disabilities to provide youth with the opportunity to change their lives for the better
  • This position is located in St. Clair or Madison County

Equip for Equality encourages qualified candidates of all backgrounds and identities to apply for this position.

Application Deadline, How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter as soon as possible as there is an immediate opening. Include salary expectations in cover letter. Salary is commensurate with experience and EFE offers excellent benefits.

Please apply using the link below:

Staff Attorney – Special Education Clinic

Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

Because Equip for Equality is a community-serving organization and safety is of the utmost importance, Equip for Equality requires a background check for employees and others who volunteer or perform services for us depending on the role. The background check is run for employees once a conditional offer of employment has been extended. Background checks are conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, EFE’s policy, and paid for by EFE.  A disclosed record may not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment.

Do you need a reasonable accommodation for our application process?
Equip for Equality is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application process, please contact LaJune Davis-Wiley at lajune@equipforequality.org or (312) 895-7333 and let her know the nature of your request and your contact information. Disability related information that is disclosed via the application process will be kept confidential.

 


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Did you know you can volunteer or have an unpaid internship with EFE? Students and professionals can volunteer by providing general office help or through internships with our technology department, human resources and other areas of our state-wide non-profit organization. (If you’re an attorney, law student or law school graduate, please read about our Pro Bono Attorney and Law Student Initiative which offers an opportunity to help with our disability rights cases and obtain hands-on legal advocacy experience. You can also learn about Public Interest career opportunities at Illinois Legal Aid OnLine.) For information about our volunteer and unpaid internship opportunities for non-attorneys, please contact LaJune Davis-Wiley (see contact information below).

Learn about our Voting Access Chicago project and help us make Chicago’s polling places ADA accessible for people with disabilities and older adults. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Bebe Novich.

 


Organizational Background

For nearly 35 years, Equip for Equality has been advancing the human and civil rights of people with disabilities across Illinois. Among our many accomplishments, Equip for Equality has made Chicago public transportation more accessible, helped tens of thousands of people with disabilities move from institutions into the community, increased inclusive education and educational outcomes for students with disabilities, and enhanced safety and quality of care in a variety of settings. We have offices throughout Illinois.

Equip for Equality has three Programs: the Civil Rights Team, the Special Education Clinic, and the Abuse Investigation Unit. EFE has a dedicated staff of 59 attorneys, social workers, and administrative staff working every day to advance our mission. As we work to improve society’s inclusion of individuals with disabilities, we also strive to be an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming workplace.

Background Checks

Because Equip for Equality is a community-serving organization and safety is of the utmost importance, Equip for Equality requires a background check for employees and others who volunteer or perform services for us depending on the role. The background check is run for employees once a conditional offer of employment has been extended. Background checks are conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, EFE’s policy, and paid for by EFE. A disclosed record may not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. View the Department of Labor’s “EEO is The Law” poster for more information about how employers must comply with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws.

Do you need a reasonable accommodation for our application process?

Equip for Equality is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application process, please see the Contact Person below to let them know the nature of your request and your contact information. Disability related information disclosed via the application process will be kept confidential.


 

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LaJune Davis-Wiley, Senior Director of Human Resources
Equip for Equality
20 N. Michigan, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-895-7333
Fax: 312-541-2378


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Last updated: September 22, 2022

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