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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com by November 6, 2017. We will continue accepting resumes, however, until the position is filled.