Staff Attorney - Immigrants and Workers’ Rights
Job Type
Full-time
Description

For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation, regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Legal Aid Chicago staff live our mission through our core values of equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect.


Position: Legal Aid Chicago’s Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group (IWR) includes the areas of employment, immigration, migrant farmworker, and human trafficking law. IWR’s four teams work both independently and in an interdisciplinary manner when these areas of law intersect. 


IWR’s Immigration Project has an opening for a full-time attorney to work with immigrants filing for a variety of benefits with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Work will focus on the Afghan immigrant community, immigrants applying to naturalize, and other immigration benefits. This position reports to a Supervising Attorney. 


Responsibilities

  • Provide outreach to educate service providers and immigrants about our direct legal services
  • Draft immigration applications,  affidavits, letters to clients, caseworkers, and other professionals
  • Communicate complex concepts to clients who may have limited education or language barriers; 
  • Commit to a trauma-informed practice with survivors of crime, human trafficking, persecution, and other forms of mistreatment
  • Carry out telephonic and in-person intake to identify eligible immigrants
  • Participate in weekly team meetings to present new cases and discuss team development
  • Create outreach materials
  • Maintain case management on agency database
  • Work with other non-governmental agencies serving immigrant populations
  • Make referrals both internally and to outside agencies when needed
  • Attend trainings and maintain up-to-date  knowledge of legal issues surrounding human trafficking and other areas of the law
  • Assist Supervisor with maintaining information on grants and grant reporting, and respond to reporting requirements
  • Maintain accurate and timely timekeeping in electronic case management system
  • Participate in local stakeholder meetings and groups serving immigrants
  • Other duties as determined by the Supervising Attorney or Director

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Legal Aid Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost employer-paid health plan options, employer-provided group life and long-term disability insurance, fitness center access, generous paid time off, and much more.

Requirements
  • Applicants must have an Illinois law license or ability to waive into Illinois bar. 
  • The successful applicant will be collegial, well-organized, and demonstrate a commitment to and experience with our client communities and/or people living in poverty, and applicants are encouraged to share that experience in their cover letter. 
  • Prior experience working in trauma-informed environment is preferred. 
  • Applicants must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. 
  • Working Spanish proficiency required.

  

Resume, cover letter, writing sample, and the names and contact information of two professional references are required to apply.



Legal Aid Chicago is firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply.