For more than 50 years, LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with comprehensive free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues. Each year LAF’s full-time attorneys and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions.
Positions: LAF has received a new grant to substantially increase legal services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, elder abuse, and financial exploitation throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County. LAF seeks a minimum of four full-time Staff Attorneys to represent clients in cases involving domestic violence. The expected start date for these positions is July 1, 2017.
Responsibilities: The attorney will maintain a full caseload of cases involving orders of protection, civil no contact orders, stalking no contact orders and as well as issues such as custody, child support, or divorce. The attorney will be responsible for collaborating with our partner agencies, to help them identify and refer clients needing assistance with these issues. The attorney will work with other attorneys at LAF in the areas such as housing, immigration, public benefits, education and consumer law to ensure that the clients’ legal needs are met in those areas.
The attorney will also collaborate on projects within the Practice Group and with members of LAF’s other Practice and Work Groups, which could involve shared outreach or legal casework, or developing new strategies for serving our clients. A substantial part of each attorney’s time will be spent in representing clients in one or more of Cook County’s suburban courthouses which are located in Markham, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie.
Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. The ideal candidate will have strong litigation and client representation skills and a demonstrated interest or experience working with victims of domestic violence in particular, and domestic relations cases in general. Fluency in oral and written Spanish is required for one position. Fluency in Spanish and/or other second language fluency is a plus for all positions. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel to suburban courts and community partner locations throughout Cook County.
To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, copy of law school transcript, writing sample, and the names of two professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “CFPG Family-DV” in the email subject line. These positions will remain open until filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
LAF IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY