Staff Attorney-Domestic Violence and Racial Inequity Programs

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Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is seeking a Staff Attorney to join our team in the Kankakee office. This position will focus on domestic violence services (VOCA) and racial inequities (Justice, Equity and Opportunity).

Under the VOCA Program: PSLS provides comprehensive legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, with a focus on matters that arise as a direct result of the client’s victimization. Attorney services include obtaining protective/restraining orders and other relief to ensure our clients’ safety and security. Clients may receive legal assistance in a wide range of other legal issues as necessary to address consequences of victimization and obtain long-term safety and stability; this may include housing, employment, consumer, and family law matters.

Under the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Program: Staff Attorneys will address a range of legal issues including issues related to racial inequality, issues that present barriers to residents’ efforts to be self-sufficient, and threats to adequate housing.  This program aims to embed our attorneys in trusted community-based locations within primarily disenfranchised communities. The Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Program Staff Attorneys will be listening to residents and community partners and identifying legal issues disproportionately impacting the residents of such communities.

Responsibilities

Among other duties as assigned, the Staff Attorney in this project will:

·         Interview victims of abuse in a manner sensitive to the trauma they may have experienced and attuned to honoring their choices

·         Assess the needs of victims in terms of their immediate legal needs for protection and other legal issues that are an outgrowth of abuse

·         Engage with police and prosecutors to advocate for victims

·         Engage with domestic violence and sexual assault providers to coordinate service delivery and identify/address issues that have an impact on victims

·         Interview and provide services to applicants on-site at community-based locations

·         Participate in community meetings to better understand the needs of local residents

·         Conduct legal education and training for community residents

·         Provide a full range of 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

·         Develop and maintain networking relationships with local bar associations and with local, state, and federal governments and community agencies that serve our client population

·         Provide accurate and complete information for grant reporting to grant funders including documenting services in the case record

·         Attend training required by the grants

·         Actively participate in staff committees or task forces focused on services for victims

·         Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the PSLS mission

Salary and Benefits

The Staff Attorney position is a full-time position at 37.5 hours per week. PSLS offers a salary competitive with similar organizations. Our Staff Attorney salary scale starts at $60,577 per year for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, and increases with each year of relevant experience. PSLS is committed to providing an excellent, comprehensive benefits package to its full-time employees that includes:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 403b retirement plan including employer contributions
  • Extensive training and education program
  • Flex scheduling and partial remote work available
  • PTO that starts at 3 weeks/year and increases
  • Paid sick leave
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
  • 12 paid holidays

Qualifications

·         Candidates who are currently admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in Illinois are preferred. Consideration will be given to law graduates that will be sitting for the next bar exam.

·         Experience with trial advocacy and negotiation preferred.

·         Commitment to aiding victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and family abuse

·         Strong interpersonal skills

·         Excellent oral/written communication, research skills, and computer competency

·         Organizational and case management proficiency

·         Ability to work effectively as a team member

·         The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in effectively communicating with and serving victims.

·         Candidates with Spanish language proficiency are highly preferred.

·         Moderate travel may be required; applicant must have a valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation.

·         We will give preference to candidates who have experience providing services to low-income individuals

Application Details

Please indicate “Kankakee 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 careers@pslegal.org.

To apply for this job email your details to careers@pslegal.org