Juvenile Expungement Help Desk 2019

LAF - Chicago, IL4.3

Full-time$15 an hour

Juvenile Expungement Help Desk (JEHD) Intern

For almost 50 years, LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with

comprehensive free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues. Each year LAF’s more than 70 full-time

attorneys and staff help resolve civil problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair

evictions. Our work helps about 40,000 people annually.

In 2008, LAF established the Juvenile Expungement Help Desk (“JEHD”) at the Cook County Juvenile

Center. At the JEHD, LAF helps individuals access their juvenile court records, evaluate their eligibility to

expunge these records, and complete the juvenile expungement petitions and other paperwork. For some

clients, LAF also represents them at expungement hearings. LAF seeks law student interns to staff the

JEHD and help incoming clients with the paperwork. Additionally, a law student intern with a 711 license

to practice law in Illinois may also represent the clients at their follow-up juvenile expungement court


Responsibilities of each JEHD intern may include:
Staffing the JEHD and doing the related work outlined in this announcement for a shift of at least

3 hours per week;

Researching JEHD clients’ eligibility to expunge their juvenile records;

Preparing juvenile expungement petitions and related paperwork for eligible JEHD clients;

Representing the clients in juvenile expungement court hearings, if the student has a license to

practice under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711; and

Assisting with LAF’s other juvenile expungement projects, such community clinics to help eligible

students and other persons prepare and file juvenile expungement paperwork and drafting

memoranda on topics related to juvenile expungement.

Be a current law student at an accredited law school.

Be available to travel to the JEHD, located at the Juvenile Court, 1100 S. Hamilton St. in


Experience in public interest law and/or juvenile or adult criminal records relief is preferred.

Clinic, experiential learning, internship, or externship experience preferred.

Term of Service: The JEHD intern will staff the JEHD for a shift of at least three hours each week,

ideally beginning in mid-January 2019 through May 2019, with flexibility depending on the intern’s


Compensation: The JEHD intern will receive $15.00 per hour.

Applications: Send a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and two

professional references to resume@lafchicago.org. Write “JEHD Intern Spring 2019” in the subject line

of your email.

Deadline: We will consider applicants on a rolling basis.

LAF values diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate on the basis of

disability and encourages candidates with experience working with our client population to