Application instructions :
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing brings diverse voices and perspectives to the provision of
free legal and supportive services to improve housing stability for lower income renters, while
advocating for the rights of all renters until everyone in Chicago has a safe, decent, and affordable
place to call home. For over 40 years LCBH has served Chicago renters living in private rental
housing who are facing unjust evictions or living in substandard housing. Through its analysis of
eviction data, LCBH recognizes that eviction is a matter of fair housing and works to bring racial
justice to eviction court.
LCBH will hire 1-2 attorneys to work with the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt
Early Resolution Program (ERP) and City of Chicago Right to Counsel (RTC) Pilot Project. The
ERP provides free legal advice and counseling to help tenants facing eviction to negotiate
settlements and the RTC will provide extended representation in those cases where negotiation
does not result in a settlement. One attorney position will also work with the Illinois Access to
Justice program. These are full-time, exempt positions.
LCBH staff are still largely working remotely. As of September 2022, Cook County eviction courts
are still largely operating in Zoom. These positions will begin remote, but all attorneys will be
expected to reside in the Chicago area eventually. One position may require some travel to
suburban courthouses. Staff attorneys will need internet connections.
• Provide legal advice and brief services to renters.
• Coordinate with rental assistance programs, supportive services, mediation, and other
programs to connect renters with the resources necessary to preserve their housing.
• Engage in all aspects of litigation: intake interviews; charting case strategy; drafting
pleadings, motions, and discovery; interviewing and preparing witnesses; and conducting
discovery and investigation.
• Defend renters in eviction court in both bench and jury trials.
• Participate in community legal education projects.
• Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and affinity for legal aid work.
• Licensed in Illinois or eligible for admission through reciprocity.
• Ideal candidate will have participated in a law school clinic or internships with legal
aid organizations or will have engaged in other work that builds judgment in working
with individuals in crisis.
• Preference for attorneys with some legal experience, but newer attorneys will also be
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation is based on a public interest salary scale and is commensurate with experience.
Starting salary for 2022 graduates is set at $59,000. Bilingual attorneys are eligible for additional
salary. LCBH offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental/vision, 401k retirement plan,
and other pre-tax benefits.
To apply please send your resume, writing sample, and a thoughtful cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include “2022 Staff Attorneys” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a
Affirmative Action Employer:
LCBH strongly encourages applications from people of color, immigrants, women, older people,
persons living with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with lived experience
of poverty or racism, and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.