School-Based Civil Legal Clinic Attorney

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s (“Moran Center”) seeks an experienced attorney to join our team of legal aid innovators in establishing, implementing and scaling a school-based civil legal clinic in Evanston, Illinois. The clinic will address civil legal issues that either directly or indirectly impact a child’s ability to stay and succeed in school. The School-Based Civil Legal Clinic Attorney will report to the Director of Legal Services.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Legal Services to set vision, theory of change, annual goals and objectives for the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic;
  • Lead oversight and implementation of the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic;
  • Oversee all clinic operations, including intake processes;
  • Place cases with pro bono attorneys – providing ongoing support for the clinic volunteers;
  • Ensure effective delegation, communication, and project management of pro bono attorneys volunteering as part of the clinic;
  • Design the clinic for growth and replication;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Strategic Partnerships in securing revenue from grants, as well as individual and corporate donors;
  • Represent the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic at national conferences, statewide meetings, local and regional coalitions, and other events, including conducting community-based legal trainings and other public speaking engagements; and
  • Participate in occasional meetings of the Moran Center’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • J.D. required;
  • At least 5 years of legal experience, preferably with significant clinical experience;
  • Excellent organization, oral and written communication skills and computer literacy;
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and a commitment to increasing access to legal services for low-income families;
  • Demonstrated experience as a self-starter, with a history of independently managing projects;
  • Spanish language ability;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Moran Center’s work and mission;
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence and an ability to work with individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor;
  • Ability to work well in fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff in a legal setting.

POSITION PREFERENCES:

  • Experience supervising pro bono attorneys;
  • Understanding of the pro bono “systems” in Illinois (i.e., the manner in which private law attorneys are connected to low-income clients)
  • Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred; and
  • Familiarity with the Evanston community.

SALARY-BENEFITS:

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience;
  • Benefits include health insurance (medical and dental coverage) and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays – including a full week off during the winter holidays);
  • OneJustice also offers a flexible spending account for qualified expenditures, including child care;
  • A supportive, team-based environment and commitment to ongoing professional development;
  • Membership within the Chicago Bar Association with free CLEs.

The Moran Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Please email a cover letter and resume to contact@moran-center.org by November 6, 2017. We will continue accepting resumes, however, until the position is filled.