Senior Attorney – Fair Housing / Disability Rights, Access Living (Chicago, IL)

  • Closing / removal date: open until filled
  • Posted: September 26, 2023

Access Living is searching for a Senior Attorney to join its Civil Rights Team. The Civil Rights Team enforces federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. The new attorney will focus on fair housing enforcement and fair housing policy matters.

The Senior Attorney will: (a) work on systemic and individual fair housing cases; (b) collaborate with Access Living staff, fair housing advocates, and community partners on policy initiatives to increase affordable and accessible housing opportunities for people with disabilities; and (c) present trainings to various audiences regarding the fair housing rights of people with disabilities.
The position supports Access Living’s mission to be a change agent committed to igniting disability power & pride and breaking down systemic barriers. The candidate will coalesce with other staff to advance this mission.

Candidates must have the ability to collaborate with diverse partners, including disability advocates, consumers, public interest/legal services partners, and pro bono attorneys. Candidates must also have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and disability rights, exceptional communication skills, superb writing and research ability, at least seven years of litigation experience, and strong people skills.

Admission to the Illinois bar is preferred, but we will consider candidates who are licensed in another jurisdiction but willing to seek admission to the Illinois bar.

Access Living is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including people with disabilities, people who have personal experience with disability, and people of color.

The salary range for this position is $97,000 – $107,000. Access Living offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes an excellent health plan and a generous vacation policy (offices are closed between Christmas and the New Year, in addition to paid time off). This position will work in a hybrid capacity with a high level of flexibility to adjust in-office and remote workdays on a weekly basis under the organization’s hybrid work model. Access Living also offers a very competitive 403(b) retirement plan with matching contributions, as well as company paid short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and basic life insurance.

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Kenneth Walden
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
115 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654
[email protected]

*Applications accepted until the position is filled.