Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Law Practice

The Staff Attorney who joins our Domestic Violence Law Practice will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director of Domestic Violence Law Practice. Lead all phases of law practice, including intake and initial client interviews, drafting pleadings, engaging in discovery, taking depositions, drafting and briefing motions, appearing before the Lake and Cook County Domestic Violence Court for emergency orders and plenary hearings, and before the Lake and Cook County Family Court for motion hearings, trials and, if necessary, appeals.
  • Work with immigration and housing attorneys if there are immigration or housing aspects of the case.
  • Supervise, train, and support the professional growth of volunteer attorneys and legal interns.
  • Build, manage, and maintain relationships with outside counsel and other legal advocacy community organizations.
  • Collaborate with team to identify, develop, revise, and implement client intake systems, case management, litigation protocols and related systems.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local townships DV agencies, shelters, stakeholders or other external agencies
  • Ensure compliance with ethical rules and all applicable regulations.
  • Develop and recruit pro-bono attorneys.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • J.D. and good standing to practice law in Illinois required;
  • 2 years in a family law practice with significant experience representing survivors of domestic violence;
  • Fluency in second language strongly preferred;
  • Understanding of the NSLAC’s public interest law/nonprofit mission;
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work independently and manage your own case load;
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. Health insurance provided.

Social Worker

The Social Worker who joins our team will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Foster and build relationships between NSLAC and other social service agencies;
  • Coordinate non-legal services for clients and advocate for NSLAC clients with other social service agencies;
  • Cooperate with those agencies in community collaborations to help meet the various non-legal needs of each client;
  • Provide emergency support to clients in crisis;
  • Provide support and guidance to staff in understanding clients’ needs;
  • Participate in community outreach and education to broaden and deepen NSLAC’s service territory;
  • Accompany attorneys to intakes and court appearances with clients and provide brief counseling as necessary.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work;
  • License in social work (LSW/LCSW);
  • Fluency in second language required (Spanish strongly preferred);
  • Training or experience working with victims and/or survivors of trauma and domestic violence;
  • Working knowledge of the civil legal system;
  • Understanding of the NSLAC’s public interest law/nonprofit mission;
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. Health insurance provided.

Thank you for considering employment with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. If you are interested in possible future opportunities please send your CV to jbaranczak@nslegalaid.org