Full Job Description
Location: Waukegan or West Chicago, IL
Hours: 25 hours/week
Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. Prairie State focuses services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. It is the only legal aid organization in the majority of its service area. Annually, PSLS handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. More information is available on our website at www.pslegal.org
The Supervising Attorney shall, in general, assist the Managing Attorney in the administration of the Telephone Counseling Service. We are seeking a Supervising Attorney for our Telephone Counseling Services Program.
Among other duties as assigned, the Supervising Attorney will:
Interview and advise clients calling from throughout our service area who are in need of assistance with diverse legal issues
Evaluate clients’ legal issue, conduct research while the caller is on the telephone, and provide legal advice relevant to the clients’ needs
Provide training to the new Telephone Counselors working in his/her office
Supervise the legal work of all Telephone Counselors in that office
Assist in long-term planning regarding intake issues
Salary and Benefits
Part-time position, 25 hours per week. Pay starts at $27.84/hour, more depending on experience; Part-time employees are provided with generous leave time and the opportunity to enroll in the organization’s retirement plan.
Currently admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for licensing within three months of the first date of employment with PSLS
A member in good standing of any state bar for at least two years
Strong interpersonal skills
Excellent oral/written communication, research skills, and computer competency
Organizational and case management skills
Ability to work effectively as a team member
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged populations and we will give preference to candidates who have knowledge of poverty law and experience providing services to low-income individuals. Candidates who are Spanish-English bilingual are preferred.
Please indicate “Supervising Attorney – Telephone Counseling” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, and your resume to:
Managing Attorney Melissa Fuechtmann at email@example.com
Director of Human Resources Jessica Hodierne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Administrator Connie Peterson at email@example.com
Resumes accepted until position is filled.
Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.