The City of Chicago’s Law Department is Seeking an Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor/Senior in the Administrative Hearings Unit of the Collections, Ownership & Administrative Litigation Division

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor/Senior in the Administrative Hearings Unit of the Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation Division. This Senior Counsel oversees the litigation of Municipal Code violations at the Department of Administrative Hearings; supervises Assistant Corporation Counsels, Law Clerks and support staff assigned to the Administrative Hearings Unit; and handles a wide variety of matters that arise in the context of administrative prosecutions.


Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school on or before June 2004; admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705); a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible legal experience as a licensed, practicing attorney.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of civil and administrative law
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise attorneys and staff and oversee projects
  • Skill in analysis, evaluation, decision-making, delegation, and followup
  • Ability to develop and implement standards, policies and procedures for City departments and agencies
  • Ability to manage high-volume litigation and create and implement case management procedures
  • Strong analytical reasoning, trial advocacy, negotiation, legal research, and oral and written communication skills
  • Skill in the application of legal principles and concepts to specialized areas of law
  • Knowledge of principles, standards, and ethics of criminal prosecution
  • Knowledge of trial practice and procedure and evidentiary rules
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to carefully attend to detail and handle varied matters with short deadlines
  • Ability to work and communicate well with others, including members of the public and pro se litigants
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and initiative on assigned tasks
  • Ability to set priorities and monitor and control workflow deadlines
  • Ability to exercise sound professional judgment and discretion
  • Ability to teach trial practice skills and edit legal documents
  • Ability to use computer databases and programs

Application Process and Materials: 

There is a two-step application process for this position.

Step One: To apply for this position, you must submit an on-line application on the City of Chicago’s webpage by July 13, 2012.

Step Two: In addition to the online application you must submit, the following materials must also be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago, Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 N. La Salle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

  • Cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Copy of your ARDC card (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent)

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

NOTE: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person or postmarked on or before July 18, 2012; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the online application submission deadline is July 13, 2012 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is July 18, 2012. 

Writing Samples: 

All writing samples submitted in consideration for employment must comply with the following criteria:

1. Each writing sample submitted must be no less than five (5) pages and no more than twenty (20) pages.

2. Each writing sample must be written by the applicant within two years of submission.

3. Each writing sample must be accompanied by a cover page explaining: the sample’s original purpose, i.e., a writing class, moot court brief, memorandum for an employer; when and for whom the sample was written; the extent of editing by any third party; if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, identify that larger document and provide context, if necessary.

If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential or privileged information, the applicant must identify the steps taken (redactions, name changes or consent from the client or employer) to preserve the confidential or privileged nature of the document.