Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) believes that every individual and family is entitled to decent housing as a basic need and human right. For over 35 years, LCBH has been the only legal aid agency in Chicago focusing solely on advocating for renters. LCBH empowers renters and tenant unions through education and outreach to preserve affordable housing in Chicago. LCBH attorneys and pro bono partners provide free legal assistance to low and moderate-income renters facing eviction and other serious housing issues. LCBH programs holistically address both the immediate housing crisis and its underlying causes through legal and supportive services, so client families can maintain housing stability. LCBH also advocates for legislative changes and court reform, informed by client stories and eviction and foreclosure data.
LCBH seeks an attorney with litigation experience and ideally with experience and expertise in housing, who believes in housing rights for all, and is passionate about social and economic justice. The Housing Attorney will appear in eviction court on a daily basis to negotiate settlements, conduct evidentiary hearings, argue a variety of motions, and try both bench and jury trials. The Housing Attorney will participate in other aspects of litigation: intake interviews; drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery; charting case strategy; interviewing and preparing witnesses; and conducting discovery and investigation.
- Provide legal advice and brief services to renters on housing issues
- Defend renters in eviction court
- Represent tenant unions in building court in order to improve or preserve affordable housing
- Obtain TRO’s to address constructive evictions such as lock-outs, utility shut-offs, and unsafe conditions
- Supervise legal interns, pro bono attorneys, and paralegals
- Co-counsel with pro-bono attorneys to pursue impact litigation leading to the fair administration of justice in the eviction courtrooms
- Conduct outreach to potential clients and collaborate with community partners on referral processes
- Attend case acceptance meetings
- Build and maintain a library of sample pleadings and templates
- Track hours and cases and report as necessary to funders and other stakeholders
To apply please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter. Please include "Litigator" in the subject line.
LCBH is a 501(c)(3) organization and does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.