We Are Hiring: Contract Staff Attorney

Contract Staff Attorney

Job Description


The Westside Justice Center (WJC) is a community-centered organization that promotes a holistic approach to justice by: 1) Facilitating legal literacy to reduce recidivism; 2) Providing legal and quasi- legal assistance to individuals; and 3) Establishing and nurturing community trust through participatory deliberations and restorative justice practices, to collaboratively mitigate the consequences of incarceration on criminalized communities.


This is a contract position, for a period of three months, involving direct representation of WJC clients. Funding for the contract is provided by the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, for an eviction mitigation project serving residents of Will County, in partnership with Warehouse Workers for Justice. Extension of contract / position is subject to additional funding. Travel to Will County is required at least once a week, and as needed.



DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES


DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Client Representation:

  • Providing legal representation, legal counsel, and referrals to eligible clients on rental housing and eviction matters.

  • Coordinating with our partner organization on intakes and client management;

  • Preparing periodic reports for internal and external purposes.


  • Program Support:

  • Providing legal consultation and conducting research to assist problem-solving around intakes and resolution of cases;

  • Liaising with our partner organization and providing training and support as needed.

Skills:

  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois. Experience in rental housing and eviction matter is an advantage;

  • Excellent client interviewing and communications skills, including the ability to compassionately and effectively explain complex legal situations to people in crisis;

  • Ability to prioritize work, strong project management skills, and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, self-directed environment;

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and task facilitation;

  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both in writing and orally;

  • Strong public speaking ability;

  • Excellent interpersonal, public speaking and organizational skills;

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word, Access and Excel;

  • A car and valid driver’s license, or the ability to travel to Will County, are required

  • Proficient in Spanish an advantage.

Application Process:

Please send your resume, a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position, a writing sample and contact information of 3 references to admin@westsidejustice.org, and note the position you’re applying for in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.


Start Date: As soon as possible


The Westside Justice Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQI-GNC people, and formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.



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