Work at the Moran Center

SUMMER CLERKSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS

SCHOOL-BASED CIVIL LEGAL CLINIC ATTORNEY

MANAGER OF FOUNDATION AND CORPORATE RELATIONS

 

SUMMER CLERKSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS

 

Criminal Legal Clerkship:

The law clerk will work closely with staff attorneys in representing youth in juvenile delinquency and adult misdemeanor/felony cases as part of a holistic legal-social work team. The clerk will provide case management, interview witnesses, perform investigations, conduct legal research, assist with plea bargains, prepare mitigation reports, and will have the opportunity to participate in trials including examining witnesses and/or presenting opening statements. The clerk will also assist staff at the Expungement & Sealing Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse and may be asked to assist with trainings on legal rights in the community. Law students eligible for a 711 license are encouraged to apply.

School-Based Civil Legal Clinic Clerkship

In early 2018, the Moran Center launched a school-based civil legal clinic at Chute Middle School. The legal clinic now provides families within the entire elementary school district with access to civil legal services with the goal of stabilizing families to ensure that children succeed and stay-in school. The law clerk will support all aspects of representing clients in civil legal matters, including assisting with the general operations of the clinic and assisting pro bono practitioners. The law clerk may draft pleadings, manage discovery and correspondence, conduct legal research, and file court documents. Law students eligible for a 711 license are encouraged to apply.

Education Advocacy Clerkship

The law clerk will learn about all aspects of representing children within the school setting, including experience in reviewing educational records, conducting legal research, interviewing clients, drafting legal memoranda, as well as observing/advocating on behalf of clients at school meetings. 

Please address and attach your resume, as well as a cover letter, in an email to Shirley Sierra (ssierra@moran-center.org) with the subject line for the clerkship to which you’re applying by February 1, 2022. Clerks will primarily focus in one practice area, but there may be opportunities for clerks to take cases from multiple practice areas.  If you are interested in more than one area, please note it in your cover letter.

 

Summer College Internship

College interns will work with programmatic and administrative staff in all areas of the Moran Center’s services and day-to-day office operations. Interns will assist attorneys at the Expungement & Sealing Help Desk, answer incoming phone calls and make referrals as appropriate, prepare materials for and attend various community meetings, help in maintaining the Moran Center’s case/client database, support the Moran Center’s development and marketing efforts, perform general clerical office duties, as needed, including data entry, maintaining legal and/or social work case files, and performing other duties as assigned. Interns will be provided opportunities to observe court and administrative proceedings. Please address and attach your resume, as well as a cover letter, in an email to Shirley Sierra (ssierra@moran-center.org) by February 1, 2022.

 

SCHOOL-BASED CIVIL LEGAL CLINIC ATTORNEY

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s (“Moran Center”) School-Based Civil Legal Clinic seeks a Staff Attorney to represent and advise families in a wide range of civil matters with the goal of stabilizing families to ensure children stay on track in school.  The School-Based Civil Legal Clinic Staff Attorney reports to the School-Based Civil Legal Clinic’s Managing Attorney.  

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide advocacy to families in civil legal proceedings;
  • Determine eligibility for representation;
  • Conduct fact investigation, discovery, research, representation at hearings, etc.;
  • Create and maintain case filing system;
  • Report identified clients to the Director of Social Work Services to receive case management and therapeutic services;
  • Provide trainings and/or informational sessions on civil topics to a variety of audiences;
  • Represent the Moran Center at community meetings, functions etc. as needed;
  • Recruit, train, and supervise pro bono attorneys, fellows, law clerks, and interns; 
  • Work with the Moran Center’s Development & Communications staff, sharing client impact and/or assisting in developing grant or funding opportunities to strengthen staffing and legal services.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Requires a J. D. from an accredited law school and admission to the Illinois Bar.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the principles of civil practice;
  • Demonstrated housing and family law experience preferred;
  • Skill in litigation and trial advocacy;
  • Skill in conducting legal research;
  • Skill in legal writing including legal briefs and memos;
  • Skill in analytical problem solving;
  • Skill in decision making in adversarial circumstances;
  • Outstanding communications skills, written and oral;
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining vigilant attention to details;
  • Affinity for legal aid work and commitment to racial and social justice;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Moran Center’s work and mission;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor; and
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office.

SALARY-BENEFITS:

  • $54,000 – $65,000 annualized salary based on experience;
  • Benefits for the full-time position include healthcare, flexible spending account for qualified expenditures, including for health care and childcare, retirement savings plan, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays);
  • Supportive, team-based environment and commitment to ongoing professional development; and
  • Working remote 1-2 days per week.

The Moran Center will continue accepting applications for the position until filled.

Please email a cover letter and resume to Shirley Sierra, ssierra@moran-center.org.

 

MANAGER OF FOUNDATION AND CORPORATE RELATIONS

The Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations is responsible for supporting all aspects of James B Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s solicitation of philanthropic support from corporations, foundations, and other sources, including government grant procurement.  Along with the Director of Development & Communications this individual will design and execute a solicitation strategy that includes prospect identification, cultivation, proposal writing, and stewardship. This position will be a liaison with current corporate partners and will cultivate and steward new corporate partners to support our events and identify mutual partnerships.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborates with the Director of Development & Communications to develop strategies and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan for corporate and foundation giving – proposal and report writing, prospecting to identify new foundation and corporate partners, as well as cultivating and stewarding foundation and corporate partners.
  • Works closely with Moran Center’s Program Staff to capture the essence of our work and effectively communicates our impact to foundations and corporate partners, as well as the community-at-large.
  • Works with Administrative and Program Staff to gather information necessary to report out to corporate/foundation funders.
  • Establishes and maintains a grant/report calendar.
  • Provides timely notification requests for information from Administrative and Program Staff.
  • Assists the Development & Communications Director in establishing a metrics-driven strategy for corporate and foundation donors and works toward annual growth goals.
  • Researches and writes corporate sponsorship packages for special events.
  • Assists with the development of the Moran Center’s annual report and other writing projects, as assigned.
  • Represents the Moran Center in internal and external meetings with various stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

  • Minimum of three years of grant writing or related experience;
  • Ability to cultivate, engage, and maintain relationships with donors;
  • Superior and effective communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Motivated self-starter;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Moran Center’s work and mission;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor; and
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office.

SALARY-BENEFITS:

  • Salary commensurate with experience, up to $60,000;
  • Benefits for the full-time position include healthcare, flexible spending
  • account for qualified expenditures, including for health care and childcare, retirement savings plan, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); and
  • Supportive, team-based environment and commitment to ongoing professional development.

The Moran Center will continue accepting applications for the position until filled.

Please email a cover letter and resume to ltucker@moran-center.org.

 

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