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Center for Professional Responsibility - Senior Counsel CPR

ABA Chicago, 321 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Req #378
Thursday, April 9, 2020

During this current situation with COVID-19, the ABA will continue to accept and process applications for job opportunities.  We will conduct our recruitment process via alternative means (virtual interviews) for the time being.

The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world.  The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.

CPR Staff Senior Counsel  
 The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR) seeks a motivated, experienced and qualified attorney to serve as legal counsel to the Center, its committees and commissions, and other ABA entities. Senior Counsel plays a leading role in supporting the Center’s national standing as the leading expert and clearinghouse for the legal profession regarding legal and judicial ethics and professional responsibility law. 

Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership, substantive legal expertise, analyses, consultation and policy guidance to ABA entities and volunteers in developing, interpreting, and implementing the nation’s legal ethics and professional responsibility policy governing the legal profession and the judiciary.
  • Provides direct staff support to presidentially-appointed and CPR committees and commissions, advises and assists in developing, planning and executing continuing legal education programs, conferences, and publications relating to the fields of legal and judicial ethics, professional responsibility, public protection, professionalism, and diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • Conducts legal research and provides critical legal analysis to CPR entities, state and federal judiciaries and regulatory entities, and to state, federal and international government agencies and organizations, bar associations and law schools. 
  • Provides legal expertise and analysis to lawyers, judges, the public and media in response to inquiries through scholarly publications, periodicals, reports, web content, streaming meeting and conferences, and legal research services.
  • Collaborates with volunteer leaders, peers, support staff, and consultants on various projects relating to legal and judicial ethics and professional responsibility law.
  • Drafts legal memoranda, letters, written statement, including articles on ethics and professional responsibility law for publication.
  • Executes fiscal responsibilities, including managing committee budgets.
  • Manages, implements and oversees substantive projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Required Education, Qualifications and Experience

  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing with an active license to practice law in the State of Illinois, or eligible to obtain admission in Illinois via Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705 - Admission on Motion.
  • A minimum of 10 years of significant professional legal experience with at least 5 years’ experience in legal policy development and advocacy for an organizational entity and professional regulation and professional responsibility law is required.
  • Well-developed and demonstrated skills in managing, executing and overseeing multiple projects and programs developed by professionals and volunteers, writing and editing on a peer basis, and interacting with leaders of the profession.
  • Position requires superior analytical, communication, problem-solving, speaking, research, writing and editing skills.
  • Proficiency in Word, Adobe products, PowerPoint, and Excel required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Highly organized, self-starter, able to work independently and with a team to meet deadlines and oversee a variety of projects.
  • Experience in legal policy development and advocacy for an organizational entity
  • Familiarity with substantive issues of concern and relevance to the legal profession are desirable. 
  • Ability to work independently with appropriate supervision.

Extent of Travel

As a normal course of business, this job require travel of less than 15% of the time.



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Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 15
  • Required Education Doctorate
  • ABA Chicago, 321 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America