Legal Director and Staff Attorney - TransLife Center
Chicago House and Social Service Agency
February 21, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Provide gender-affirming legal services as part of Chicago House’s holistic advocacy model that supports individuals’ development of wholeness and self-sufficiency and to foster a mutual collaboration with the Transgender Justice Law Project
Provide direct legal services to TransLife program participants as clients related to:
Sealing of criminal records and expungement;
Obtaining/updating identity documents;
Estate planning (limited to basic matters such as powers of attorney, living wills, and last wills and testaments);
Criminal defense (excluding matters in which the client is charged with a felony – see below);
Support for incarcerated clients regarding conditions of confinement;
Obtaining public benefits; and
Immigration and naturalization.
Upon prior approval of the Chicago House Chief Executive Officer, provide direct legal services to TransLife program participants as clients in the following matters:
Prosecuting civil rights, discrimination, and police brutality cases; and
Provide defense in criminal matters in which the client is charged with a felony.
Develop and conduct legal seminars and materials for TransLife program participants.
Maintain ongoing relationships with clients, the Chicago House Chief Program Officer, Chicago House staff, and TransLife program team members to ensure effective holistic services.
Build relationships with allied legal organizations, attorneys, and law firms.
Collaborate with allied legal organizations, attorneys, and law firms to provide direct legal services and to work in partnership with these organizations on precedent-setting cases.
Develop and conduct legal seminars and materials for law students and lawyers, and publish articles in legal publications, with the approval of the Chicago House Chief Executive Officer.
Review and comment on draft legislation and governmental policies, with the approval of the Chicago House Chief Executive Officer.
Other duties as assigned.
Law degree and active license required
Experience working with the transgender and gender non-conforming community required
Experience working with criminal courts preferred
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently
Ability to multi-task
Internal Number: CH LDSA 01
About Chicago House and Social Service Agency
Chicago House was founded in 1985 by a small group of community activists who saw that their friends and family members were losing their homes due to the financial, social and medical challenges associated with HIV/AIDS.
To provide community-based housing and supportive services responsive to the changing needs of individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination, and are explicitly designed to respect and preserve the dignity and independence of all clients.