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Uniform Law Commission
111 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 1010, Chicago, IL  60602
312-450-6600,

March 21, 2014

Uniform Law Foundation Fellow

Job Description/Duties:

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) seeks two motivated and public-spirited attorneys for one-year appointments to the ULC staff, working in the ULC Chicago office, as Uniform Law Foundation (ULF) “Fellows.”  A Fellow may be eligible for re-appointment by the ULC for no more than one additional year.  The ULF Fellow positions are supported by a grant from the Uniform Law Foundation, which provides support for the ULC’s study, research and development, and educational efforts. 

Founded in 1892, the Uniform Law Commission has worked to improve state laws by drafting uniform state laws on subjects for which uniformity is desirable and practical.  The ULC provides states with non-partisan, well-conceived, and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to the critical areas of state statutory law.  The ULC comprises commissions from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Now in its 122nd year, the ULC is the oldest state governmental association and is the source of more than 300 uniform acts. Acts developed by the ULC include the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, and many acts in commercial, family, real property, trusts and estates, and business organization law and other areas.  For more information, please go to http://www.uniformlaws.org

Appointment as a ULF Fellow provides individuals with the opportunity to work closely with distinguished lawyers from across the country and with the experienced ULC staff.  In the process, fellows will develop a sophisticated understanding of the state legislative process and an in-depth knowledge of significant areas of the law.  Fellows will report to the ULC Legislative Director and Deputy Legislative Director.

The primary responsibility of a ULF Fellow is to undertake major research projects that support the work of the ULC.  Examples of possible projects include:  investigating legislative and judicial responses to specific uniform acts and recommending whether the act should be amended or revised; providing research on potential ULC projects; undertaking research to support the work of specific ULC committees, particularly study committees and drafting committees; and providing research to support efforts to enact specific ULC uniform or model acts.  Fellows also will have the opportunity to propose specific projects which they believe would be valuable to the work of the ULC. 

A ULF Fellow must be able to: (1) undertake complex legal research projects effectively and in a timely manner; (2) organize, analyze and communicate complex legal information quickly and effectively; (3) write clearly and concisely; and (4) work independently with minimal supervision.  Required: a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school and having applied for admission to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.  Preferred:  experience in law practice, in government relations work, as an employee within a state legislative or executive department, or as a judicial clerk, or extensive legal research and analysis experience.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, and health insurance will be provided on the same basis as that insurance is provided for other ULC employees.  The deadline for applications is April 2, 2014. It is expected that the successful candidates will begin their appointments in early September 2014.  The ULC is an equal-opportunity employer. 

To apply, please send paper application materials, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information of at least three references (email or faxed materials will not be accepted) to: 

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