Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Applications have closed

City of Chicago Department of Law

The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor directs attorneys in the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division. The Division defends sworn and civilian police personnel and the City of Chicago in federal and state lawsuits. These lawsuits concern alleged civil rights violations or state law liability claims based on allegations of police misconduct or abuse of authority. Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division attorneys practice in both federal court and in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  They have a sophisticated and complex practice involving extensive motion practice, intensive discovery, settlement negotiations, and trial practice. The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor, working under the general supervision of the Division Chiefs and Deputies, handles and litigates higher exposure cases. In addition, the Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor has supervisory responsibilities of Assistant Corporation Counsel over all phases of their assigned cases throughout trial and post-trial motions, up to the appeal stage. The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor will also act as a trial partner as needed by the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at (Job Number: 1641-3125A-2017).


Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) 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:

  • Five years of legal experience as a licensed attorney;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil law;
  • Substantive knowledge and prior experience in the area of federal or state civil litigation;
  • Two to five jury trials;
  • Deposition experience;
  • Discovery experience, including expert discovery experience;
  • Superior writing, research and editing skills;
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines;
  • Exceptional client counseling skills;
  • Exceptional supervisory skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with and motivate others; and
  • Demonstrated ability to exhibit leadership and initiative on assigned tasks.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before January 16, 2018.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by January 16, 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 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 (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 January 16, 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 January 16, 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, and Happy Holidays!