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The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor in its Torts Division. The Torts Division has an active litigation and trial practice defending the City and employees from various City Departments in personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death lawsuits. It also represents the City in workers’ compensation matters. The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor’s work will focus on personal injury defense and will include supervising the work of other attorneys in the Division. The types of personal injury cases litigated and tried by Division attorneys include premises liability, roadway design, motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, police pursuits and misconduct, wrongful death, defamation, and delayed emergency response.
The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor is expected to assist, oversee, and help train other attorneys at all stages of the litigation process. The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor will be assigned administrative and supervisory responsibilities, including conducting case reviews, guiding others with discovery and pleadings issues, coordinating with Client Departments and individuals responsible for gathering case documents and evidence, assisting the Division with developing training programs and procedural protocols, providing input for attorney and staff evaluations, and helping with client inquiries and other projects as needed. In addition, the Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor will be responsible for an individual docket of cases with an active discovery and motions practice, serve as lead counsel at jury trials, make settlement recommendations, and engage in settlement negotiations.
The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at www.cityofchicago.org/careers (Job Number: 307075).
Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2011 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ideal candidates will possess:
- Seven years of work experience as a licensed attorney litigating cases of increasing complexity;
- Jury trial experience in the Circuit Court of Cook County or comparable venue;
- Significant writing experience and motions practice;
- Familiarity with the Illinois Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act and other statutory and common law immunities and defenses;
- Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines;
- Excellent analytical thinking and negotiation skills;
- Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks;
- The ability to work well with others; and
- Experience supervising or assisting with the work of others.
Application Process and Materials
There is a two-step application process for this position. All application materials are due on or before December 14, 2018.
Step One: You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at www.cityofchicago.org/careers by December 14, 2018.
Step Two: In addition to the on-line application, and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 North 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 above;
- 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 SUBMISSION OF 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 December 14, 2018; 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 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 with your hard copy materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.
Please note that the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard-copy material is December 14, 2018.
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.
To apply for this job please visit www.cityofchicago.org.