Legal Aid Chicago seeks a full-time attorney to work in our Public Benefits Practice Group and manage our Public Benefits Outreach and Enrollment (PBOE) Project. The PBOE Project includes 6 paralegals who assist individuals in applying for benefits from the Department of Human Services including medical coverage (Medicaid), food assistance (SNAP) and cash assistance (TANF and AABD Cash). The paralegals are stationed at City of Chicago Community Service Centers four days a week. The Supervisory Attorney works with the paralegals and other attorneys in the practice group to appeal adverse actions on benefits in administrative appeals and state court. The Supervisory Attorney will identify systemic problems in the administration of public benefits and develop strategies to resolve those problems.
Responsibilities include, without limitation
Maintain a caseload of individual cases representing clients before the Illinois Departments of Human Services and Healthcare and Family Services and in state and federal courts;
Advocate with the Departments of Human Service and Healthcare and Family Services to improve the benefit programs they administer;
Supervise paralegals and attorneys in the Public Benefits Practice Group;
Co-counsel cases as part of staff development and be responsible for training staff and overseeing their professional development;
Engage in advocacy designed to have a lasting, measureable effect on our client community;
Engage in community outreach addressing issues concerning the enrollment process and the benefits administered by the Department of Human Services;
Maintain case files and timekeeping in electronic case management system;
Work with Legal Aid Chicago’s External Relations / Fundraising Workgroup to administer grants that support the work of the PBOE.
Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois or prepared to sit for the next bar exam and should have been practicing for at least five years. Experience supervising legal work, working directly with, people with disabilities, people who have experienced trauma, immigrants, and people with limited income highly desired. Applicants must be highly collegial and willing to work in an interdisciplinary manner with all Legal Aid Chicago staff.