Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has strengthened lives, assisted families and supported communities – one person at a time for over 40 years. CGLA does more than give people a second chance – we are addressing the root causes of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other challenges that contribute to crime and recidivism. This is accomplished by combining high-quality legal services with supportive services coordinated through strategic partnerships with social service providers, government agencies, and other legal aid organizations. Legal representation focuses on those negatively impacted by the criminal justice system through criminal defense work, criminal records work and civil cases that arise from criminal justice system involvement.
The Criminal Records Program provides high-volume legal services to over 5,000 men and women each year in the Chicagoland area who are seeking to remove barriers imposed by their criminal records through expungement and sealing, pardons, health care waivers and certificates. The primary responsibilities of this role are to implement CGLA’s priorities in the criminal records practice, represent clients in criminal records-related matters and to train and supervise fellows, interns, and volunteers to assure quality legal services and representation. Services are performed at CGLA’s office, at remote locations, including Help Desks at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago, south suburban Cook County (Markham), at the offices of designated community partners, and in Cook County circuit courts.
Provides direct legal services to CGLA clients for criminal records matters, including representation in court and administrative proceedings, maintaining a manageable caseload proportionate to other responsibilities.
Supervises volunteers at CGLA’s criminal records help desks up to three shifts per week.
Cultivates and manages relationships with partner agencies and organizations that refer clients to CGLA as assigned.
Conducts criminal records classes as assigned throughout the year for prospective volunteers, including lawyers, law firms, and law students.
Collaborates with criminal records attorneys and others as needed to prepare and distribute educational materials for criminal records matters.
Maintains up-to-date client information in CGLA’s case management system to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking.
Conducts community outreach and training events as assigned.
Design legal manuals and other materials for clients, attorneys, courts and other personnel as assigned.
Works with the CGLA leadership team to ensure all program goals are met each fiscal year.
Required Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
A demonstrated commitment to social justice and criminal justice reform.
At least 5 years of program management or supervisory experience.
Strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
The ability to work collaboratively with and supervise other staff.
The ability to manage multiple projects and a variety of tasks and meet all deadlines while being energized by the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, team-centered environment.
Licensed to practice in Illinois.
Compensation and Benefits
We offer a generous benefits plan that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield - Health insurance, Vision Service Plan – Vision insurance, Principal Dental insurance and 100% employer paid life insurance, (EAP) Employee Assistance Program, Dependent Care and Medical Flexible spending accounts, and 403(b) retirement account. Additionally, CGLA offers generous Paid Time-off, Floating Holidays and 14 paid holidays per year. During the summer months we recognize “Summer Fridays” by closing the office early. This is one of the many efforts displayed by Management’ to show its commitment to support employees having a good work/life balance.
How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
Type “Criminal Records, Staff Attorney” in the subject line.
Note: Please mention how you heard about the job announcement in your email.
NO PHONE CALLS OR RECRUITING FIRMS PLEASE!
CGLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.