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: The Housing Practice Group (HPG) seeks to ensure that tenants live in decent, safe, and sanitary housing, free from discrimination and affirmatively furthers fair housing through litigation, negotiation, and advocacy in various venues. The HPG defends tenants – mostly subsidized housing residents -- against unwarranted evictions and represents individuals and families who are facing the termination of their tenant-based rental assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher and other subsidized housing programs.
Legal Aid Chicago seeks a full-time attorney to work as a Supervisory Attorney in our Housing Practice Group (HPG) to support our work with the Early Resolution Program with Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD), a county-wide initiative to help resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, and tax deed issues. The Early Resolution Program for evictions will provide limited assistance to tenants in Cook County in order to advise them of their rights, provide referrals, and assist them in reaching agreements with their landlord. The program will have both a pre-court and in-court component. The pre-court assistance will focus on screening and representing tenants to attempt to resolve their issues with their landlord to avoid the filing of an eviction case. The in-court assistance will focus on advice, referrals, negotiation and/or motion practice to resolve issues prior to trial. The start date for these positions is as soon as possible.
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Salary: Commensurate with experience. Legal Aid Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package, including lowcost employer-paid health plan options, employer-provided
Applicants must have a J.D. degree and be licensed to practice in the state of Illinois or be licensed in another state and able to waive into the Illinois bar. The ideal candidate will have at least six years of demonstrated experience and experience supervising legal work. Experience litigating housing law cases is preferred and demonstrated history of innovation is a plus. Applicants must be highly collegial, have complex litigation experience, strong written and oral skills, be willing to work in an interdisciplinary manner with all Legal Aid Chicago staff, and have enthusiasm about working in a fast-paced practice and training and mentoring less experienced attorneys and advocacy staff. Experience working with people living in 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.
Cover letter, resume, writing sample, an official law school transcript, and the contact information of two professional references are required to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. No phone or agency calls, please.