The ACLU’s Police Practices Project seeks, through coordinated litigation, public education and legislative advocacy, to ensure constitutional, fair and responsive policing throughout Illinois. In recent years, the program has focused on issues including racial profiling, police deployment, stop and frisk and emerging police technology. We work in collaboration with local and national organizations as well as the ACLU’s National Office and the ACLU’s nationwide network of state affiliates.


ACLU seeks an attorney with substantial advocacy experience, including complex federal litigation, for a full-time attorney position focused on police reform. The attorney may, as needed, assist with other litigation in the office, including in our immigration work and also assist with coalition work. We invite applications from experienced attorneys who have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, and who would be interested in, and capable of, playing a lead role in complex innovative litigation and policy advocacy regarding policing. Under the supervision of the Roger Baldwin Foundation’s Police Practices Director, the attorney will work to develop and implement advocacy strategies in identified areas. Litigation tasks include legal research, drafting of pleadings and briefs, discovery, motion practice, trials and appeals in both state and federal courts, and overseeing existing consent decrees. The attorney will also be involved in developing and implementing non-litigation advocacy campaigns, including pursuing program objectives through legislative efforts. In this context, the attorney will collaborate with the ACLU Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs staff and Communications and Public Policy staff. This counsel also will work with volunteer attorneys who assist in program activities. The attorney will also engage in public speaking and media appearances.


  • At least five years of litigation experience preferred
  • Experience working with communities of color preferred
  • Self-motivated and committed to civil liberties advocacy
  • Ability to participate in all stages of complex litigation and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to supervise junior lawyers and to collaborate with cooperating counsel
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members and diverse community organizations and coalitions
  • Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings with a wide range of individuals and organizations.


The salary will be in accordance with the ACLU salary scale. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation after first year; fully employer-paid medical, vision and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.


Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest, list of litigation experience, references, law school transcript, and legal writing samples to and use the subject line: Police Practices Staff Attorney.  No calls or snail mail please. Applications will be accepted beginning August 5, 2019 until the position is filled.


The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

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