The Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU, Inc. (“ACLU of Illinois”) seeks a Project Director or Senior Supervising Attorney to build and lead litigation and, in collaboration with other Departments, non-litigation advocacy to promote the ability of LGBTQIA+ people in Illinois to live with dignity and full equality.
ABOUT THE JOB
The Legal Department of the ACLU of Illinois works with colleagues across the organization to advance civil rights and civil liberties throughout Illinois using strategic litigation, legislative and other advocacy with governmental officials, and public education. Our work focuses on fighting institutional and structural racism that undermines civil rights and civil liberties, including in the criminal and civil legal systems and immigration; protecting democracy by advancing First Amendment rights, government transparency, and voting rights; promoting access to reproductive health care, the rights of LGBTQIA+ communities, and gender equity; and addressing and preventing the harm experienced by people in government care, including in the foster system, prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities.
Our LGBTQ & HIV Project seeks to protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination so that all Illinoisans can fully participate in public life and not be judged based on characteristics like sexual orientation or gender identity. We advocate for people who are transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming, so that they are able to live their authentic lives free from discrimination in employment, with access to accurate identity documents, and with equal access to all facilities in places of public accommodation, including schools. Core priorities of our work are to litigate on behalf of trans people in state and federal prisons, advocate for affirming care for LGBTQIA+ youth in the foster system through our enforcement of the B.H. consent decree, and to identify issues impacting LGBTQIA+ people who are people of color, poor, or experience marginalization along other dimensions, such as homelessness. We combat arguments to justify discrimination against LGBTQIA+ communities based on religious refusals and seek to build relationships with partners and stakeholders so that our litigation is client-centered and advocacy is community engaged. We recognize that litigation is only one tool in a broader social movement to advance equality and justice for LGBTQIA+ communities.
The LGBTQ & HIV team is dedicated to helping ensure the Legal Department meets emerging threats to civil rights and civil liberties. Recently, attorneys on the team helped investigate emergency litigation on behalf of medically vulnerable immigrants detained by ICE in dangerous conditions.
The Project Director or Senior Supervising Attorney is a highly collaborative team player who will develop and litigate cases in state and federal court; create, implement, and participate, in collaboration with staff throughout the ACLU of Illinois and community partners, in non-litigation efforts to advance full equality and dignity for LGBTQ+ people in Illinois; supervise and mentor junior attorneys; engage in public education; and advance the mission and work of the ACLU of Illinois’ legal work as a whole. If the candidate is selected to serve as a Project Director, the role will also involve developing long-term strategies for advancing the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ people, building respectful relationships with diverse stakeholders, advocacy organizations in the field, and community-based organizations.
The Project Director or Senior Supervising Attorney may advocate on a range of issues on which the ACLU-IL engages locally and statewide including: litigating Monroe v. Jeffreys, a class-action lawsuit in federal court to ensure gender affirming health care and living conditions for transgender people in Illinois Department of Corrections custody; litigating Iglesias v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, an individual action for damages and injunctive relief on behalf of a transgender woman in federal custody denied critical medical care, raped, physically and sexually abused, and even held hostage while housed in facilities for men; supervising another attorney who is advocating before Illinois Human Rights Commission on behalf of a transgender woman who was denied healthcare coverage for gender affirming care; collaborating with ACLU-IL colleagues to develop a strategy to challenge religious refusals to protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ people and people exercising rights to reproductive health care. As a member of the Legal Department, the Project Director or Senior Supervising Attorney will serve as a team player and may contribute to litigation in other areas as needed to advance the ACLU-IL’s legal docket.
The Project Director or Senior Supervising Attorney will report to the Legal Director and may supervise one or more mid-career or early-career attorneys, including fellows in the Legal Department, and interns.
CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Senior Supervising Attorney and Project Director
Additional Responsibilities for Project Director
Senior Supervising Attorney and Project Director
Additional Qualifications for Project Director
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The salary will be $85,000 to $140,000 in accordance with the ACLU of Illinois salary scale and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation; 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.
HOW TO APPLY
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, criminal record, or veteran status.
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