Job Opportunities

Administrative Assistant

The Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm that exists to restore respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Reports to: President & Chief Counsel and Vice-President & General Counsel
Timing: Immediate
Expires: Application window open until March 24, 2017
Position Overview: The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative and legal support for the President & Chief Counsel, Vice President & General Counsel, and other attorneys of the firm. This includes:

  • Manage and maintain legal filing systems in accordance with the firm’s policies.
  • Update and maintain the office docketing calendar.
  • Maintain attorneys’ calendars and assist with making appointments.
  • Facilitate internal communication.
  • Answer office phone calls.
  • Assist with project management including fundraising and outreach events.
  • Draft notices, letters, and other filings.
  • Maintain client and co-counsel relationships.
  • Assist with donor relations.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Legal interest is highly desirable. Past experience in legal field and/or in providing secretarial support is desirable.
  • Appreciation and support of the Society’s mission.
  • Respect for the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. (Note: membership in the Catholic Church is not required, but respect for its teachings is.)
  • Demonstrated interest in the pro-life/pro-family movement.
  • Knowledge of the basic computer functions and features: Microsoft office suite, Google tools, and Adobe Acrobat is essential. Knowledge of donor software (e.g. Donor Perfect), Lexis, and Basecamp is beneficial.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, as well as the ability to be flexible, juggling multiple projects at once.
  • Proven reliability and follow-through.
  • Ability to work cohesively and cooperate as part of a team in a small office setting.
  • Easy-going, ability to work well even under pressure and deadlines.
  • High energy personality, self-starter.

To apply, please email the following to Cristina Burke at employment@thomasmoresociety.org:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • writing sample

Cover letters must include a strong personal statement of support for the pro-life movement and of the Thomas More Society’s mission. Applicants who do not include this in their cover letter will be rejected without further review. Please include your name in the document name of each attachment.

Summer Associate

Summer Associates at the Thomas More Society have the unique experience to spend a summer in the beautiful and high energy city of Chicago, learning alongside some of the most renowned and well-respected attorneys in the pro-life movement. Each year, the Thomas More Society brings in 2-4 Summer Associates from across the country to aid in the Society’s legal work.

Projects will include conducting in-depth research, writing memos, drafting letters and motions, editing briefs, handling prospective client intakes, and assisting attorneys with court preparation. The Thomas More Society is an exceptionally busy, fast-paced law firm that works with counsel across the nation. Law at the Thomas More Society is focused on a variety of First Amendment issues as well as some criminal law.

This is a paid internship from June 2017 – August 2017.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional writing, researching, and communications skills.
  • Ability to work cohesively as part of a team in a small office setting.
  • High energy, flexibility, and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Ability to balance multiple projects with strict deadlines.
  • Excellent professionalism and client relations skills. 
  • Appreciation and support of the Society’s mission.
  • Respect for the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.  (Note: membership in the Catholic Church is not required, but respect for its teachings is.)
  • Familiarity with the legal issues that Thomas More Society regularly encounters, especially issues surrounding human life, marriage, and religious liberty.
  • Demonstrated interest in the pro-life movement.
  • 2L students are highly preferred; however, 1L students are not discouraged from applying.

To apply, please email the following to Cristina Burke at employment@thomasmoresociety.org:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • writing sample, and
  • law school transcripts

Cover letters must include a strong personal statement of support for the pro-life movement and of the Thomas More Society’s mission. Applicants who do not include this in their cover letter will be rejected without further review.

Please include your name in the document name of each attachment.

Writing samples must include an introduction that gives a short summary of what it was written for, whether there were any length or style restrictions on the assignment, whether it incorporates extensive edits from a professor or supervisor, and a statement of permission to use the piece as a sample if it was drafted for a client or a judge.