The Community Activism Law Alliance (“CALA”) is a new legal services organization in Chicago that uses a “community activism lawyering” philosophy. Our unique model brings free legal services directly into underserved communities by establishing “community activism law clinics” with activist community organizations. Each clinic is developed and operated collaboratively with a partner organization, and supports the organization’s efforts to make systemic changes. Our current clinic partners are Enlace Chicago, Immigrant Youth Justice League/Organized Communities Against Deportations, and Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) – Chicago. In addition, we offer community legal education and limited legal support to other activist organizations. CALA is looking for two highly motivated attorneys with genuine interest in community lawyering, connecting the law with grassroots activism, and being part of a new legal services model to be a part of our early development.

The attorneys will work directly in communities on the south and west sides of Chicago in need of legal assistance; all client interactions take place in the offices of our community partners. CALA’s clinics provide legal services in several areas of law, including immigration, housing, family, criminal records, labor/employment, and education. Selected candidates will be expected to handle cases in at least two areas and be able to quickly learn basic knowledge of additional areas.  They must also be prepared to work non-traditional hours—some evenings and the occasional weekend day—and in non-traditional, multiple locations; in exchange, they are afforded great flexibility in work schedule.

Preference may be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish, have experience in immigration law, and/or have experience in community lawyering.

As CALA is a new organization, the starting salary for the staff attorney will be $28,000-$35,000, depending on experience. However, we hope to offer quick salary increases, as it is a fundraising priority for the organization. The salary for the temporary attorney will be determined based upon experience and qualifications, and the position will be for a minimum of six months.

CALA is an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to working closely and effectively with the communities that we serve. Individuals self-identifying as people of color, LGBTQI, working-class or poor, persons with a disability, or as otherwise having backgrounds and experiences underrepresented in the legal profession are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history to