City of Chicago ASSISTANT CORPORATION COUNSEL SUPERVISOR (LIP) in Chicago, Illinois

Description:

Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF LAW

Legal Information and Prosecutions (“LIP”) Division

Number of Vacancies: 1

The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor to direct attorneys in the LIP Division representing the City in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters, document production, electronic discovery (e-discovery), and Local Records Act (LRA) matters. The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor (ACCS) will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Legal Information group and under the general supervision of the City Prosecutor. The ACCS will work closely with various City Departments and officials, including the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Police Department, regarding document identification and production in response to high profile FOIA requests. The ACCS will have supervisory responsibility over various matters, including but not limited to client counseling and training on FOIA, record retention, record preservation and production issues, Public Access Counselor (PAC) appeal letters, and litigation in state and federal court. The ACCS will handle all phases of litigation on his/her own cases, including preparing pleadings and motions of varying complexity, appearing in court for case management conferences, conducting settlement conferences and motion hearings, compiling discovery, and drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment. This work involves voluminous document reviews, awareness briefings, and redaction projects. The ACCS has supervisory responsibility over Assistant Corporation Counsel and all phases of their assigned cases, trainings, and projects.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position. All application materials are due on or before February 25, 2019 .

Step One : You must submit an on-line application along with your resume here on this site by February 25, 2019 .

Step Two : In addition to the on-line application and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your online application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to: City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;

  • Resume;

  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);

  • Two writing samples; and

  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at www.iardc.org (or your admitted state bar's equivalent).

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS : Working for the City of Chicago Department of Law may qualify you for loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For detailed information, visit www.StudentAid.gov/publicservice or contact your federal loan servicer.

NOTE REGARDING SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION MATERIALS : The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before February 25, 2019 ; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position. Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

NOTE REGARDING REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials. Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above. Submission of references and/or additional materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard copy material is February 25, 2019 .

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.

THIS POSITION IS EXEMPT FROM THE CAREER SERVICE.

Qualifications:

Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2008 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).

Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any American law school that has passed and maintains the requirements of accreditation by the American Bar Association ( www.americanbar.org ).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

· A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in state and/or federal court;

· A minimum of five (5) years of experience litigating FOIA cases in state court;

· Superior writing, research, and editing skills;

· Excellent logic skills and the ability to think, act, and prioritize quickly;

· Exceptional client counseling and organizational skills;

· Superior communication skills (written/verbal);

· Demonstrated use of sound judgment;

· The ability to work well with others;

· The ability to communicate well with others including groups and high level officials;

· Demonstrated leadership ability and initiative on assigned tasks; and

· Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines.

Preference may be given to candidates possessing the following :

· Ten (10) years of experience handling matters involving governmental agencies.

· Extensive experience responding to FOIA requests and/or handling FOIA matters before the Public Access Counselor.

· Experience with client counseling and training on FOIA, record retention, record preservation, and production issues.

· Experience with document review on large document production matters.

· Experience providing client counseling, including to high level officials.

· Experience working with short deadlines.

· Experience working with the media.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Education & Employment Verification - Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable. Please see address listed above of where to send required materials.

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS

This position requires applicants to complete an interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on the documents submitted. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applications will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process , please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.

ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.

The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago Department of Law Department of Human Resources

Rahm Emanuel Edward N. Siskel Soo Choi

Mayor Corporation Counsel Commissioner