Older Adults Legal Assistance Project Staff Attorney
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. (PSLS) is a non-profit legal services organization with 40 years of experience providing quality legal services to low-income persons, currently with 12 field offices in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Our expertise extends to family law, public benefits, consumer law, health, and education, among other areas. In housing matters, we specialize in fair housing/housing discrimination, foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant disputes, and federally-subsidized housing rights. We have maintained multi-year special projects, with diverse funding to provide legal advocacy services to persons with HIV/AIDS, disabled children and adults, the elderly, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and many others. Annually, PSLS handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients.
We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. PSLS believes in providing the highest quality of legal representation to its clients.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. Competitive salary with other legal non-profits, depending on experience; excellent benefits.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Among other duties as assigned, the Staff Attorney will:
QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and admitted to practice law in Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in Illinois. We will consider recent law school graduates conditioned upon successful completion of the bar examination by August 2018, but experience is preferred.
This position requires strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged populations. We will give preference to candidates who have knowledge of poverty law and experience providing services to poor people and who have negotiation and litigation skills.
The applicant should have demonstrated organizational and case management skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member. Local travel is required, with a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. We will consider with favor candidates who are Spanish-English bilingual.
TO APPLY: Send a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, three references, and a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to:
(put “PEORIA STAFF ATTORNEY” in subject line)
CLOSING DATE: When filled
Prairie State Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.