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Assistant Attorney General - Public Interest - Civil Rights - Chicago

Title: Assistant Attorney General

Division: Public Interest

Bureau: Civil Rights - Chicago


The mission of the Civil Rights Bureau is to protect and advance the civil rights guarantees of all Illinois residents. The Civil Rights Bureau investigates and pursues cases involving a broad cross-section of civil rights issues, including discrimination in housing, public accommodations, employment, and by financial institutions, as well as patterns and practices of unconstitutional or unlawful policing. The Bureau also has authority to investigate civil hate crimes and violations of the Illinois Trust Act.

The Bureau currently enforces the nationís most comprehensive consent decree to implement wide-ranging reform at the Chicago Police Department, and the Bureau recently opened a civil investigation of the Joliet Police Department. The Bureau has participated in fair lending cases with the Department of Justice, including one that resulted in the largest fair lending settlement in history. The Bureau also recently resolved a case involving allegations of widespread sexual harassment and discrimination of temporary workers at an Illinois warehouse.

The Bureau practices in federal court and circuit courts statewide and collaborates regularly with other Bureaus in the Attorney Generalís Office, other state Attorney Generalís Offices, and community stakeholders.

In addition to investigation and litigation, the Civil Rights Bureau serves as a resource for the office on civil rights topics, including advising the office on proposed legislation related to civil rights and social justice issues and collaborating with other states to respond to civil rights issues of national importance.


An Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau builds cases and conducts investigations regarding alleged patterns and practices of civil rights violations. Assistant Attorneys General investigate civil rights complaints, draft pleadings, draft and respond to motions, conduct discovery, manage mediations and settlements and represent the interests of the People of the State of Illinois in court. Assistant Attorneys General also research proposed legislation related to civil rights, draft guidance on issues pertaining to civil rights laws, and participate in community outreach.


Candidates must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois at the time of application. Candidates should have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience; experienced attorneys are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have demonstrated commitment to public service and experience in enforcing state and/or federal civil rights laws. Candidates must also be able to work independently, interact with a diverse group of colleagues and stakeholders, and possess strong research, analytical, communication, and organizational skills.

Salary: Salaries start at $71,400.

To ensure full consideration, please send resume and cover letter to:

Attorney Hiring
Attn: Tierra Williams
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-3695
(312) 814-5218 (fax)

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The Illinois Attorney General's Office is an equal opportunity employer. The Office considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.

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