Land of Lincoln Legal Aid seeks motivated staff attorneys in its five regional offices to help lowincome families facing eviction during the COVID pandemic. Land of Lincoln Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals in 65 counties in Illinois. We have offices in Alton, Carbondale, Champaign, East St. Louis, and Springfield. We are committed to working for justice 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.
Housing staff attorneys will provide zealous representation for tenants who are facing eviction during the COVID pandemic. The position is dedicated to preventing homelessness and ensuring safety and stability of residents during the pandemic. The attorney will work with other housing attorneys to establish and maintain relationships with community partners, perform outreach and education, and develop impact advocacy strategies.
Responsibilities include: All elements of litigation including client interviewing, investigation, discovery, pleadings, briefs, and representation at hearings at trial level, and negotiation and settlement when appropriate Actively participate in community outreach and education Build relationships with community partners Supervise support staff, social worker, and law students Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in Illinois or has requisite credentials for reciprocity Previous legal experience, preferably in legal aid Strong commitment to social and racial justice Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work with people of diverse social, economic, and racial/ethnic backgrounds Attention to detail, as well as excellent verbal, analytical, writing, and organization skills Highly motivated and demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Special Working Conditions and Demands: Applicants must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and car insurance Land of Lincoln Legal Aid attorneys are primarily working from home during the pandemic but must have reliable internet and be able to attend court and video conference hearings
Compensation: $51,000+ with license (depending on experience). Excellent insurance and retirement benefits.