Supervisory Attorney - Immigrants & 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 Supervisory Attorney whose primary work is to supervise a team of attorneys and paralegals providing direct services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to work collaboratively with the Immigration Project’s current Supervisory Attorney, who supervises additional Immigration Project staff.  


Responsibilities

  • Supervise attorneys and paralegals who handle a full caseload in the above areas of law, including editing written work, providing guidance on case strategy, co-counseling complex cases, conducting regular case reviews, providing training in substantive areas of law, and completing performance evaluations;
  • Maintain an individual caseload involving humanitarian visas, including U and T visas, VAWA self-petitions, conditional residency waivers, and limited representation in removal proceedings;
  • Work collaboratively with the Immigration Project’s additional Supervisor;
  • Participate in complex litigation or advocacy to address systemic issues;
  • Work with other IWR disciplines when legal work intersects, and with additional staff in other Legal Aid Chicago Practice Groups where multi-issue representation arises, e.g., public benefits or family law;
  • Maintain accurate time records and ensure supervised staff do as well;
  • Assist in reporting and administering applicable grants;
  • Participate in training agencies, advocates, clients, or community groups about legal services and rights impacting low-income immigrants;
  • Participate in other activities related to poverty law including publication, permissible legislative and administrative advocacy, media relations, and fundraising;
  • Participate in Legal Aid Chicago program activities;
  • Represent Legal Aid Chicago on relevant community task forces, committees, or other government or non-profit bodies connected with our work.
  • Collaborate on projects that could involve outreach to community groups, developing new strategies for serving our clients, or addressing systemic issues through litigation, negotiation or advocacy.
  • Other duties as assigned by the 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 in to Illinois bar. The ideal candidate will have six years immigration law experience, including U and T visas, VAWA and related applications. Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and desire to work in a highly collegial team environment with multiple individuals. Experience working with individuals or communities experiencing poverty strongly preferred. The applicant’s personal background, experience, or professional background should reflect an ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers and the community we serve. Spanish language proficiency is required.


Cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the contact information for 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.