STAFF ATTORNEY - Housing Advocacy

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Job location
18 West Cass Street - 5th Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Prairie State Legal Services
Street address: 
18 West Cass Street - 5th Floor
City: 
Joliet
State: 
Illinois
ZIP: 
60432
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The need for civil legal aid for those in need doesn’t stop in a pandemic. Prairie State Legal Services’ dedicated staff are working remotely and remain committed to assisting our clients in a range of legal issues. We know that our clients will be hardest hit in this pandemic and many will not have resources to fall back on or access to help. As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to materialize, PSLS is preparing for an increase in client need by expanding its telephonic and other remote services to clients and increasing staffing in designated issue areas like housing and domestic violence.

PSLS serves 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. We focus on helping clients who have legal problems that affect their basic human needs—like housing, income, and safety. Typical cases include preventing eviction or mortgage foreclosure, obtaining orders of protection to ensure the safety of domestic violence survivors, and helping persons with disabilities get public benefits like medical assistance and Supplemental Security Income.

Job Description
This is a one-year, grant funded position to address the expected increase in requests for legal assistance due to the pandemic. The Staff Attorney will provide legal services to low-income individuals primarily for housing related issues to help prevent and minimize the impact of eviction on Will County residents.

Responsibilities
Among other duties as assigned, the Staff Attorney will:
• Handle a large volume of eviction cases in collaboration with community organizations that provide rental assistance and other supportive services;
• Interview applicants, assess their legal issues, and provide legal services including legal research and factual investigation, counsel and advice, brief services and document preparation, dispute resolution, and representation of clients in administrative and judicial proceedings;
• Provide accurate and complete information for grant reporting to grant funders including documenting services in the case record;
• Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the PSLS mission.
Salary and Benefits
Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. Salary starts at $50,000 per year, higher depending upon experience; Benefits package includes health, dental, retirement, and generous leave time.

Requirements: 

Qualifications
• Currently admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in Illinois
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent oral/written communication, research skills, and computer competency
• Organizational and case management skills
• Ability to work effectively as a team member
• Spanish language proficiency is preferred, but not required

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged populations and we will give preference to candidates who have knowledge of poverty law and experience providing services to low-income individuals.

Some travel is required; applicant must have a valid driver's license and/or reliable transportation.

To apply: 

Application Details

Please indicate “Joliet Staff Attorney” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, three references, and a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to:

• Director of Human Resources Jessica Hodierne at [email protected]
• Program Administrator Connie Peterson at [email protected]

Resumes accepted until position is filled

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020