State Policy Network

Illinois Policy Institute

Senior Attorney for Liberty Justice Center

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Litigation
  • Location: 190 S. LaSalle, Suite 1500 Chicago, IL 60603
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2018


The Liberty Justice Center, which brought the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME and represented plaintiff Mark Janus, is expanding. The Center seeks an ambitious Senior Attorney to execute the organization’s national post-Janus litigation strategy and join our team of talented attorneys.

Following the Liberty Justice Center’s historic win in Janus v. AFSCME, the organization is extremely focused on litigation that ensures the decision is fully and consistently implemented at every level of government across the country. Post-Janus litigation will be a primary focus of the the Senior Attorney’s work, but the Center’s legal portfolio also includes other cases related to campaign finance reform, economic liberty and eliminating political privilege. The Senior Attorney will be expected to develop new cases and handle all aspects of cases with minimal supervision, including drafting pleadings and motions, conducting discovery and handling appeals.

In addition to superior litigation experience, the Senior Attorney must possess outstanding written and oral advocacy skills. The Senior Attorney will serve as the public face of his or her cases, and will be expected to appear regularly in national and regional news outlets, at speaking engagements and in front of supporters to build enthusiasm and material support for the Center’s work.


Experience desired: 5+ years

  • A juris doctor degree and current license to practice law.
  • At least 5 years of experience litigating cases, preferably including constitutional cases, in trial and appellate courts.
  • Outstanding written and oral advocacy skills.
  • Experience supervising others attorneys and their work.
  • Extensive knowledge of constitutional law, particularly constitutional law affecting public sector and/or labor unions, campaign finance, economic liberty and free speech.
  • Extensive knowledge of free-market principles and the strategies and activities of other organizations engaged in similar public-interest litigation.
  • Candidates must understand, and be committed to, the Liberty Justice Center’s mission and the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited government.

Salary and Benefits

The Liberty Justice Center offers a competitive salary, performance-based bonuses, health and dental insurance and a retirement savings plan with employer matching, among other benefits.

About the Liberty Justice Center

The Liberty Justice Center was founded in 2011 to fight against political privilege. The very best example of the Center’s ability to turn that vision into a reality is in our victory in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME.

Our victory in this case means the First Amendment rights of millions of public school teachers, first responders and other government workers have been restored. This is the type of precedent-setting work that the Liberty Justice Center does. We are selective in our caseload, pursuing only strategic litigation that revitalizes constitutional restraints on government power and restores individual rights. To have lasting impact, our work extends far beyond the courtroom. We shape and frame our work in a way that explains what is at stake to the public at large. We seek to win in court, yes – but also in the hearts and minds of the American people.

The Liberty Justice Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501c3 public interest law firm. It does not accept government funding and is supported by voluntary contributions. The Center’s website is and the hub for the Center’s post-Janus litigation outreach is

How to apply

Serious applicants must submit in a single PDF: a cover letter, resume, and two legal writing samples. An extensive overview of litigation experience. The cover letter should explain why you would be an asset to the work of the Liberty Justice Center and your strategy for ensuring the Janus decision is fully and consistently implemented across the country.

Point of contact: Diana Rickert, vice president of the Liberty Justice Center

No phone calls, please.

Illinois Policy Institute
Chicago, IL