PSLS has been competitively selected by Equal Justice Works as an implementing partner of Equal Justice Works’ Elder Justice Program (EJP). EJP is a national, professional fellowship program for attorneys designed to increase access to legal assistance for older victims of crime. This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2019-V3-GX-K033.
PSLS is seeking diverse and dynamic applicants for a full-time attorney position as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Elder Justice Program. Fellows may be located in PSLS’ Ottawa or Rock Island offices and will serve clients in Whiteside, Lee, LaSalle, Livingston, Iroquois, McLean, Woodford, Marshall, Putnam, Bureau, Stark, Knox, Henderson, Warren, Henry, Mercer and Rock Island counties.
An Equal Justice Works fellowship is an opportunity to transform your passion for equal justice into a career. As a Fellow, you will be part of a prestigious cohort EJP attorneys hosted by legal services organizations across the United States. The Fellow will provide direct legal services to older victims of crime on civil legal issues arising from their victimization in areas such as financial exploitation, guardianship, housing, employment, protection orders, public benefits, and victims’ rights enforcement. In addition to providing direct legal services, Fellows will conduct outreach and training to legal and allied professionals on elder abuse and help increase multidisciplinary, coordinated responses.
As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, you will develop experience and skills to be a leader in social justice while contributing to a broader community of practice serving older victims. Fellows in the Elder Justice Program cohort are required to actively participate in peer-to-peer learning and trainings delivered by Equal Justice Works and training partners throughout the year. In addition, Fellows have individual access to on-demand technical assistance from subject matter experts and are required participation in Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training.
Among other duties as assigned, the Fellow will:
- Provide victim-centered direct legal services – legal screening, advice, brief service, direct representation–to older victims of crime in rural communities to address civil legal issues that arise from the victimization
- Protect and enforce victims’ rights on behalf of clients
- Develop and maintain networking relationships with local bar associations and with local, state, and federal governments and community agencies that serve older adults
- Strategize, plan and conduct training and outreach on elder abuse to legal and allied professionals
- Engaging in peer-to-peer learning as part of the Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Program Fellow cohort
- Actively contributing to and participating in Elder Justice Program cohort activities (resource exchanges; mandatory webinars and conference calls; and trainings including Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training.
- Demonstrating leadership as an Equal Justice Works fellow
- Contributing to required programmatic reporting and overall program evaluation
- Provide accurate and complete information for grant reporting to grant funders including documenting services in the case record
- Actively participate in a staff committee or task force related to one or more areas of our practice
- Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the PSLS mission
Salary and Benefits
The Fellowship position is a full-time position at 37.5 hours per week. PSLS offers a salary competitive with similar organizations. Our attorney salary scale starts at $50,000 per year for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, and increases with each year of relevant experience. PSLS is committed to providing an excellent, comprehensive benefits package to its full-time employees that includes:
- Health insurance, including the opportunity to qualify for a wellness credit
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- 403b Retirement Plan including employer contributions
- PTO that starts at 3 weeks/year and increases with additional years worked at PSLS
- Paid sick leave
- 6 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
- Extensive training and education program
- 12 paid holidays
- Currently admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in
- Demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged populations, knowledge of poverty law, and interest in providing services to low-income individuals, particularly older victims of crime
- Excellent oral/written communication, research skills, and computer competency
- Organizational and case management skills
- Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting to facilitate a coordinated community response and provide holistic services to clients
- Spanish language proficiency is preferred, but not required
- Moderate travel is required; applicant must have a valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation.
Please indicate “ Equal Justice Works Fellowship” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest, experience, and office preference, your resume, three professional references, and a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to [email protected].
Resumes accepted until position is filled
Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.
Prairie State Legal Services is a not for profit civil legal aid organization that has served northern and central Illinois for more than 40 years, maintains 11 office locations, and has a staff of over 175 employees including training and litigation staff with extensive experience. Our 36 county service area includes rural communities, suburban areas, and mid-size urban cities which necessitates the development of diverse strategies and we encourage our staff to cultivate and utilize creative approaches to reach and serve our client population. Employees of PSLS benefit from the expertise and community connections of their local office staff along with robust program-wide resources. We strive to provide an array of services responsive to the needs of our clients and therefore have developed several specialized projects and maintain one of the most productive pro bono programs in the nation. PSLS has excellent fiscal controls and upholds the highest rating from Charity Navigator and Guidestar. For more information regarding PSLS services and operations, please visit our website at www.pslegal.org.