Assistant Corporation Counsel Opening in Collections, Ownership & Administrative Litigation (COAL) Division

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Applications have closed

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DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation (COAL) Division

Number of Vacancies:  1

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel (ACC) in its Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation Division.  The ACC will work in one of the three practice areas: Collections, Ownership, or Liens and Acquisitions.  The Collections Unit is responsible for collecting debts due and owing to the City, working with outside law firms on collection matters, and creating policies and procedures to address the needs of the City Departments served by the Division.  The Ownership Unit is responsible for preparing and reviewing title searches to determine property owners, responsible parties, and proper service of process in preparing for litigation for Municipal Code violations.  The ACC will abstract, compile, and examine documents from public records and review chains of title to identify property owners and responsible parties, help develop and implement procedures and protocols, conduct law clerk training, and work on a variety of special projects.  The ACC assigned to the Liens Unit will primarily work on foreclosure of demolition liens, property tax litigation, and other foreclosure matters. The ACC will work under the general supervision of the Deputy, Chief, and Senior Counsel of the Division and assist in the counseling of various Client Departments.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at (Job Number: 310375).


Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before June 2018 and admission to the Illinois Bar or eligibility to sit for the July 2018 Illinois Bar Examination (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 the following:

  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines;
  • The ability to work and communicate well with others;
  • Experience working with short deadlines;
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and initiative on assigned tasks;
  • Superior writing, research, and editing skills; and
  • Experience providing client counseling.

Preference may be given to candidates possessing the following:

  • Experience in determining real property ownership;
  • Experience in reviewing and analyzing property deeds, mortgages, liens, and foreclosures;
  • Experience in project management; and
  • Experience in collections matters.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before June 19, 2018.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by June 19, 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;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent), if applicable.

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 June 19, 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 June 19, 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.

Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.