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Short-Term Settlement Assistance in Federal Court

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s Settlement Assistance Program seeks to provide pro bono attorneys to redress violations of the constitutional and civil rights of incarcerated persons and employees, who have filed federal lawsuits without an attorney.

Volunteer attorneys limit their representation to client advice, settlement negotiations, including a written demand, and the judicial settlement conference. The pro bono attorney does not conduct any discovery, file or amend any pleadings or engage in motion practice, and can withdraw from representation if the case does not settle.

Without pro bono representation, these vulnerable individuals would have to pursue justice on their own in the often complex federal court system.

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee implements community-based solutions that advance civil rights and secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Attorneys represent students at expulsion hearings, fight housing discrimination, represent pro se litigants in federal court settlements, and represent victims of hate crimes and discrimination.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Approximately 20–30 hours over a quarter.

Training and support

Staff attorneys train and support volunteers. In-person trainings are offered 1–2 times per year but are not required.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

mediation, negotiation, writing, client management, oral advocacy

Skills and resources required

This opportunity relies on attorneys with subject matter or litigation experience.

Location

Chicago, IL

Short-Term Settlement Assistance in Federal Court

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s Settlement Assistance Program seeks to provide pro bono attorneys to redress violations of the constitutional and civil rights of incarcerated persons and employees, who have filed federal lawsuits without an attorney.

Volunteer attorneys limit their representation to client advice, settlement negotiations, including a written demand, and the judicial settlement conference. The pro bono attorney does not conduct any discovery, file or amend any pleadings or engage in motion practice, and can withdraw from representation if the case does not settle.

Without pro bono representation, these vulnerable individuals would have to pursue justice on their own in the often complex federal court system.

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee implements community-based solutions that advance civil rights and secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Attorneys represent students at expulsion hearings, fight housing discrimination, represent pro se litigants in federal court settlements, and represent victims of hate crimes and discrimination.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Approximately 20–30 hours over a quarter.

Training and support

Staff attorneys train and support volunteers. In-person trainings are offered 1–2 times per year but are not required.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

mediation, negotiation, writing, client management, oral advocacy

Skills and resources required

This opportunity relies on attorneys with subject matter or litigation experience.

Location

Chicago, IL