For over 30 years, Equip for Equality has been advancing the human & civil rights of people with disabilities across Illinois. Among our many accomplishments, Equip for Equality has made Chicago public transportation more accessible, helped tens of thousands of people with disabilities move from institutions into the community, increased inclusive education and educational outcomes for students with disabilities, enhanced safety and quality of care in institutions and the community drafted and passed new Illinois laws. We currently have offices in Chicago, Springfield, Moline, and Carbondale. We are expanding our offices in Rockford and Metro East, and welcome applications from anywhere in Illinois or the surrounding areas.
We are hiring an Attorney for our Special Education Clinic. This role reports to the Clinic’s VP and directly represents people with disabilities in administrative hearings and other litigation.
The ideal candidate has five or more years of involvement in public interest or special education law, a law degree, Illinois Law License, excellent writing, and client service skills, and a strong commitment to the civil rights of children with disabilities. Spanish is a plus as are teaching experience and special education work. Travel is required, mostly in the region.
Diverse candidates, especially people of color and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. Personal as well as professional experience with people with disabilities is a plus. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter please indicate your salary expectations. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
About the organization
In order to be eligible for EFE services, an individual must be a person with a disability and have an issue that arises in Illinois.
Callers seeking assistance from EFE should contact EFE at (800) 537-2632.
Callers will be asked to provide some demographic information, a summary of their specific request for services, and other intake related questions. Each request for service is subsequently discussed with EFE's legal team, which meets once per week, to determine if EFE is able to provide the request for services or assist the caller in some other way. If EFE is unable to assist the caller, the caller will be provided with information and referrals to other appropriate organizations.