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Legislative Counsel

Job Description

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a nonprofit organization representing state governments, seeks a motivated, articulate and well-organized attorney to join the legislative staff in its downtown Chicago office.  The primary mission of the Legislative Counsel is to provide support for ULC commissioners as they seek to enact ULC acts in the legislatures of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  ULC legislative counsel represent the ULC at legislative hearings and in other meetings. The position requires a willingness to travel, particularly during prime state legislative session months (January-May).

Desired Skills and Experience

The position requires

  • The ability to communicate complex legal information quickly;
  • Experience in working collaboratively with other organizations, interest groups, and individuals;
  • Creativity, professionalism, and the ability to adjust to changing legislative and legal demands and to work within a highly collaborative environment;
  • Organizational skills and the ability to manage many projects simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of and solve problems, to expeditiously assess issues, and provide sound legal advice;
  • The ability to speak and write effectively;
  • A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Admission to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction; and
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in law practice, in government relations work, or within state legislative or executive departments.

Favorable consideration will be given to candidates who have significant legislative or policy experience at the state level.  Experience with criminal justice issues, business organizations, or technology law is a plus.

About the ULC

The ULC drafts nonpartisan, carefully considered, and well-crafted state legislation in areas of the law for which uniformity among states is desirable.  ULC acts include the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, and over a hundred other acts in areas including commercial law, family law, civil procedure, criminal justice, real property, trust and estate law, and business organizations.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  The ULC offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health, disability, and dental insurance and a retirement plan with employer match.

The deadline for applications is August 20th with a preferred starting date in late September or early October. 

An equal opportunity employer, the ULC welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce. 

Please send cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and salary requirements to: apply@uniformlaws.org and include “Legislative Counsel” in the subject line.

Alternatively, you may mail materials to:

Benjamin Orzeske
Chief Counsel
Uniform Law Commission
111 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL  60602