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: Paralegals work alongside attorneys and directly with clients on legal issues. This full-time position is located in Legal Aid Chicago’s Pro Bono and Community Partnerships Practice Group to support the Disrupting School-to-Prison Pipeline Project. The paralegal will work alongside a staff attorney and others to serve youth in juvenile record expungement proceedings. The paralegal will provide support for all aspects of juvenile record expungement, including screening clients, assisting attorneys with paperwork, and correspondence with the court and clients and will engage and support pro bono attorneys to increase our capacity. This position reports to a Supervisory Attorney.
- Conduct telephone and in-person interviews to determine client eligibility for services and advise on next steps
- Assist with the preparation and filing of paperwork for expungement, sealing or other record relief
- Coordinate activities and events to raise awareness of legal aid and the Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, such as know your rights workshops, presentations about Legal Aid Chicago, and attending resource fairs
- Maintain accurate and timely timekeeping in electronic case management system
- Assist Supervisor with maintaining information on grants and grant reporting, and respond to reporting requirements
- Engage and provide administrative support to volunteers and staff
- Other duties as assigned
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.
- Undergraduate degree is preferred.
- Applicants must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
- 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.
- Good organizational and information-gathering skills are essential.
- Ability to work collaboratively with others, and to draft documents including letters is essential.
- The ability to work well under pressure and to learn and retain new information is required.
- Computer proficiency, including familiarity with Microsoft Office applications is required.
Cover letter, resume 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.