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CDEL is Hiring!

Staff Attorney


The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) provides free legal services to low income seniors and people with disabilities. CDEL’s clients, individuals often marginalized by age, disability and poverty, may have difficulty accessing the legal system. CDEL strives to provide access to the legal system to assist our clients in asserting their legal rights and live better lives.


CDEL seeks a full-time Staff Attorney, with a particular focus on housing and consumer matters.  This role will provide legal representation for tenants facing evictions, for landlords seeking evictions, for other general landlord-tenant and housing matters and for consumer debt and fraud and other matters.  This role will have both a pre-court and an in-court component.  Successful candidates must be able to travel to suburban courthouses once in-person court matters resume. 



  • Advise clients on housing matters including eviction defense, eviction filings and enforcement, general housing matters and consumer matters

  • Represent clients in court and administrative proceedings

  • Draft notices and filings

  • Negotiate resolutions with opposing counsel and opposing parties

  • Monitor and interpret laws, rules and ordinances

  • Develop and manage caseload along with other assigned work

  • Supervise volunteers and interns working on suburban housing matters

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois

  • Entry level position which will consider newly licensed attorneys, two years of experience as a practicing attorney preferred

  • Ability to travel to suburban Cook County courthouses and other community partner locations

  • Experience in housing matters and evictions is preferred

  • Demonstrated commitment to CDEL’s target population and social justice preferred

  • Spanish speaking and writing skills a plus


Required Skills

  • Strong ability to communicate with multiple clients and stakeholders

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple client files and deadlines

  • Detailed oriented

  • Creative and innovative approach to solving problems

  • Comfortable with CDEL’s client base, including working with older adults and people with disabilities

  • Enjoys engaging with clients and other staff

  • Team player with a sense of humor


Salary and Benefits


Salary range:  $50-$55K, depending on experience.  Full-time position.  CDEL offers a comprehensive benefits package including health/dental/vision insurance, life insurance and long term disability insurance.  CDEL also has a generous personal time off policy. 

COVID-19 Considerations

Majority of staff is currently working remotely.  This may change as developments continue during the pandemic.

About the organization

The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) provides high-quality, pro bono legal assistance to persons marginalized by poverty, age and/or disability.

CDEL’s organizational structure consists of a modest in-house staff which supports a network of hundreds of volunteer attorneys, students and paralegals. CDEL volunteers provide legal representation in a wide range of civil practice areas including: guardianship, simple estate planning, landlord/tenant, consumer debt and fraud, elder abuse and real estate. CDEL has also developed a number of limited engagement opportunities for those volunteers that are unable to handle cases that require long-term client commitments.

CDEL is a welcoming community that engages, encourages and empowers those who are members of underrepresented communities, and is a dedicated advocate for our clients who hold many diverse identities and experiences across race, color, sex, age, religion, class, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge, source of income, housing status and gender identity. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized and underrepresented communities to apply for this position.

Position is open immediately, closed when filled.  Applications received by January 31, 2021 will be given preference.  Please submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume via email to with the subject line “Staff Attorney.”

CDEL is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. CDEL values having a diverse workplace and does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non- merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws.

205 West Randolph, Suite 1610 Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312.376.1880
Fax: 312.376.1885
Email: info @

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