Careers

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism offers a dynamic, thought-provoking, creative environment for expanding careers and professional interests. We seek wise, team-oriented professionals who will advance our mission. The Commission promotes civility, inclusiveness and greater efficacy in the legal and judicial systems of Illinois.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. As an EOE/AA employer, the Commission will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran or disability status.

We are actively recruiting for the following positions:

Managing Attorney – Diversity & Professionalism Programs 

Are you a lawyer whod enjoy using your background, legal experience and skills to inspire the legal profession to new heights? Are you passionate about improving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession? Would you like to work in collaborative, fast-paced, and innovative environment? If so, you may be interested in joining the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism as Managing Attorney – Diversity & Professionalism Programs. 

The Commission on Professionalism is a non-profit organization established by the Illinois Supreme Court to promote civility, inclusiveness and greater efficacy in Illinois’ legal and judicial systems. The position is located at the Commission’s office at Two Prudential Plaza, 180 N. Stetson Ave., Suite 1950, Chicago, IL, 60601. 

This Managing Attorney will promote the Commission’s mission by managing organizational initiatives focused on diversity and professionalism, such as the JumpStart program for under-represented minority law students, the lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program, and civility-focused research initiatives. This Managing Attorney will also collaborate on the development and implementation of programs with Commission partners including law firms, government agencies, law schools, and other legal organizations.  

This Managing Attorney will create and deliver educational writings and programming on topics including diversity, inclusion and other professionalism areas within the Commission’s mission. This Managing Attorney will work under the supervision of the Chief Counsel and within a close-knit team environment. 

successful candidate will be able to think broadly and strategically about the Commission’s work, be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational and project management skillsThis role requires managing multiple projects at the same time and delivering work product with little supervision. Candidates must also possess proven research, writing, interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.  

The ideal candidate will: 

  • Hold J.D. and be a licensed attorney (Illinois strongly preferred); 
  • Have at least five years of law practice experience; 
  • Have a demonstrated passion for diversity and inclusion; 
  • Be well-connected in the Illinois legal community and on social media; 
  • Preferably have experience with project management, data analytics, lawyer ethical rules, and professionalism topics; 
  • Preferably have experience using LMS and CRM products; and 
  • Be willing to occasionally travel throughout the state, presenting educational programs and representing the Commission at events, including evenings and/or weekends. 

The salary will be commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package is includedWe are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. As an EOE/AA employer, the Commission will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran or disability status.  

If interested, please email a cover letter expressing your interest and your resume to David Bell at david.bell@2civility.orgThis job will remain open until filled; preference will be given to applications received by January 17, 2020. 

About Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism:  

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism was established by the Illinois Supreme Court in September 2005 to promote among the lawyers and judges of Illinois principles of integrity, professionalism and civility; to foster commitment to the elimination of bias and divisiveness within the legal and judicial systems; and to ensure that those systems provide equitable and efficient resolution of problems and disputes for the people of Illinois. 

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 799(c), the Commission develops and approves the substance of professional responsibility continuing legal education (CLE) programs, operates a successful Lawyer-To-Lawyer Mentoring Program, and partners with Illinois law schools to enhance awareness of professionalism issues among lawyers. 

 

Part-Time Research & Writing Internship 

Spring/Summer 2020 

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism seeks a law student interested in researching and writing about the legal profession while learning how the Commission is promoting increased civility, integrity and professionalism. The Commission’s offices are at Two Prudential Plaza, 180 N. Stetson Ave., Suite 1950, Chicago, IL. The position will require approximately 10-15 hours per week with pay of $30.00 per hour. This is a temporary position for the spring semester with the possibility of renewal for the summer 

Specifically, the Intern’s responsibilities will include:    

  • Researching and reporting on trends affecting attorney professional development;   
  • Researching and reporting on nationwide legal mentoring programs;  
  • Researching and drafting best practices regarding professional codes governing various employee groups of the judicial branch such as clerks, court reporters, and court annexed arbitrators and mediators.  
  • Researching and assembling articles, posts, blogs, and other materials regarding specific professionalism issues from online and print resources;  
  • Assisting with the development of online courses and in-person training; and 
  • Assisting with streamlining Commission’s data collection. 

The Intern should possess the following skills and characteristics:  

  • Excellent research skills, including an ability to quickly and efficiently retrieve, assemble and organize relevant material for review;  
  • Ability to work well and collaborate with others in a small, tightly-knit, hard-working yet friendly environment;  
  • Superior writing skills and a solid work ethic (experience in journalism or writing on deadline strongly preferred); and  
  • A commitment to the cause of professionalism among law students and members of the bar.  

In addition to playing an important role in advancing the cause of professionalism in the legal profession, there may be great opportunities to interact with practicing lawyers and judges and to develop relationships in the legal community.  

If interested, please email a cover letter expressing your interest and your resume to David Bell at david.bell@2civility.org. This job will remain open until filled; preference will be given to applications received by February 14, 2020. 

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