Land of Lincoln Legal Aid seeks a staff attorney at its Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC) hotline. Land of Lincoln Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals in 65 counties in Illinois. We are committed to working for justice for with those whose voices might otherwise not be heard; to empower individuals to advocate for themselves; and to make positive changes in the communities we serve. Our attorneys provide holistic legal advocacy in partnership with community organizations, social service agencies, and faith based groups.
The LARC hotline is designed to provide high quality, prompt information, legal advice, and brief legal services, in addition to referrals to the regional offices. The staff attorney in this position will screen callers and conduct phone interview in a wide range of substantive areas of law, including housing, consumer, family, and public benefits. The attorney will provide advice to eligible callers.In some instance,the staff attorney may conduct brief services in the areas of consumer law and sealing and expungement of criminal records.
Screen callers for income eligibility, conflicts of interest, etc.
Interview callers, identify legal issues and provide appropriate advice
Provide customer service that is culturally competent and empathetic
Other duties as assigned
Licensed to practice law in Illinois or has requisite credentials for reciprocity
At least 3 years+ experience, preferably in legal aid
Strong commitment to social and racial justice
Attention to detail
Excellent verbal and analytical skills
Ability to handle a fast-paced work environment
Highly motivated and demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Spanish fluency preferred, but not required
Computer proficiencyr equired
Special Working Conditions and Demands:
Land of Lincoln Legal Aid attorneys are primarily working from home during the pandemic; reliable internet is required
Remote candidates will be considered.
Compensation: $51,000+withlicense (depending on experience).Excellent insurance and retirement benefits.