- Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Position Overview (Position End Date: June 30, 2018)
CGLA is a new recipient of a Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention (CBVIP) grant through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. This initial grant runs through June 30, 2018 to launch the Supporting Successful Transitions Program (SSTP). SSTP will enhance and strengthen the work supporting youth facing allegations of juvenile parole violations, by providing services that go beyond the appointed representation at parole revocation hearings and continue to support them during their term of aftercare release (juvenile parole).
This is a full-time, temporary position for a staff attorney licensed in the State of Illinois to work within CGLA’s Support Successful Transitions Program (SSTP). The primary responsibility of this position is to provide legal services to young people involved in the juvenile legal system. The position will accomplish this objective by providing direct legal representation to youth leaving the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice by providing legal case management and support through the duration of their aftercare release. Some representation will occur at the youth facility in St. Charles at parole revocation hearings. This position will also conduct community outreach presentations to youth, their families, and social service professionals about juvenile expungement and criminal records relief, maintaining a referral relationship with Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Aftercare Specialist to perform juvenile and criminal records screening and advice to young people.
- Represent SSTP clients in court at juvenile expungement hearings and adult expungement and sealing hearings; represent SSTP clients in administrative proceedings at juvenile parole revocation hearings on a limited basis;
- Engage effectively with juvenile clients and SSTP staff as a part of CGLA’s interdisciplinary team approach to serving clients;
- Perform juvenile/criminal records research for all SSTP clients and provide consultations about eligibility for relief and the impact of juvenile and/or criminal record on client’s goals;
- Develops and performs a screening assessment to ascertain all legal needs of Supporting SSTP clients, working closely with the SSTP Social Worker to engage in case management and support;
- Schedule, plan, and execute three community outreach events to youth and their families at the Illinois Youth Center Chicago about juvenile/criminal records relief and the rights/responsibilities of youth on Aftercare.
- Establish and maintain a referral system between Illinois Youth Center Chicago and CGLA for up to 100 youth not participating in SSTP seeking juvenile and criminal records relief.
- Provide brief services to pro se petitioners at the Juvenile Expungement Help Desk including juvenile records research, eligibility determination, petition preparation, and advice about juvenile expungement process.
- Maintain up to date timekeeping information through approved mechanism for accurate invoicing purposes.
- Participate in weekly SSTP case review meetings to discuss the pending cases in the program;
- Attend staff meetings, legal team meetings, and other program meetings as assigned;
- Maintain accurate client records, case notes, and data tracking in CGLA’s case management system, Legal Server;
- Track SSTP grant goals and requirements to ensure services are meeting set targets; ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking to contribute to longitudinal outcome data; complete periodic reports as requested.
Required Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois (applicants without an active Illinois law license will not be considered).
- A demonstrated commitment to CGLA’s mission and guiding principles, as well as a commitment to working with low-income and justice-involved individuals;
- Experience working with youth and families; experience working with justice-involved youth preferred;
- A demonstrated commitment to social justice and criminal justice reform.
- Be comfortable working directly with marginalized populations in affected communities, with the ability to engage with justice-involved youth and families in an authentic and nonjudgmental manner.
- Ability to manage a substantial case load while offering zealous, personal and empathic services to every client;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to motivate and interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, establish empathetic rapport and connection with youth and families;
- Demonstrate personal strengths in organization, follow-through, an ability to work well in team settings, good judgment, a sense of humor, and composure under pressure;
- Possess intermediate computer skills;
- Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability;
- Good display of emotional maturity;
- Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently;
- Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions;
- The ability to manage multiple projects and a variety of tasks and meet all deadlines while being energized by the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, team-centered environment.