- Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. (PSLS) is a non-profit legal services organization with 40 years of experience providing quality legal services to low-income persons, currently with 12 field offices in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Our expertise extends to family law, public benefits, consumer law, health, and education, among other areas. In housing matters, we specialize in fair housing/housing discrimination, foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant disputes, and federally-subsidized housing rights. We have maintained multi-year special projects, with diverse funding to provide legal advocacy services to persons with HIV/AIDS; disabled children and adults; the elderly; the homeless; victims of domestic violence, and many others. Annually, PSLS handles over 18,000 applications for legal help and serves over 12,000 clients.
We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. PSLS believes in providing the highest quality of legal representation to its clients.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. Competitive salary with other legal non-profits, DOE; excellent benefits.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Among other duties as assigned, the Staff Attorney will:
- Interview applicants for legal services and assess their legal issues with a focus on those issues that have an immediate impact on their basic human needs;
- 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;
- Develop and maintain networking relationships with local bar associations and with local, state, and federal governments and community agencies that serve our client population, including those serving persons with disabilities, other special needs, and older adults;
- Provide accurate and complete information for grant reporting to grant funders including documenting services in the case record;
- Actively participate in a staff committee or task force related to one or more areas of our practice; and,
- Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the PSLS mission.
Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and admitted to practice law in Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in Illinois. We will consider recent law school graduates conditioned upon successful completion of the bar examination by August 2017, but at least 3 to 5 years of experience is preferred.
This position requires strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged populations. We will give preference to candidates who have knowledge of poverty law and experience providing services to poor people and who have negotiation and litigation skills.
The applicant should have demonstrated organizational and case management skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member. Local travel is required, with a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. We will consider with favor candidates who are Spanish-English bilingual.