Supervising Attorney - Low Income Tax Clinic
Location: West Chicago, IL
September 17, 2020
Prairie State Legal Services
Job Opportunity Announcement
Supervising Attorney – Low Income Tax Clinic
West Chicago, IL
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. We focus services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. Prairie State is the only legal aid organization in the majority of our service area. Annually, we handle over 22,000 applications for legal help and serve over 16,000 clients. We pride ourselves on providing high quality legal services to our clients while fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. More information is available on our website at www.pslegal.org
PSLS’ Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) represents low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS regarding federal income tax liability. The LITC receives its funding, in part, by a grant from the Internal Revenue Service (since 2011).
The Clinic consists of a Supervising Attorney and a staff attorney who evaluate cases and represent clients in a wide range of controversies. The Supervising Attorney is responsible for all Clinic activities including client representation, supervision of the staff attorney, interns, and volunteers, community outreach, fundraising, training, and grant reporting and preparation.
Working in a LITC can be one of the most rewarding roles in legal aid because of the significant financial impact cases can have for clients. In 2019, the LITC opened 112 new representation cases and closed 98 representation cases and 59 consultation cases. Clinic advocacy refunded $66,862.00 in cash to taxpayers and its clients realized a total decrease of $552,301.00 in corrected tax liabilities, penalties and interest. For the first six months of 2020, that total approximated $1,000,000.00 dollars.
The Supervising Attorney will work out of our West Suburban Office, located in West Chicago, IL. We would consider any of our other offices that best meets the needs of the firm and the candidate. For a list of PSLS offices, visit https://www.pslegal.org/psls-locations.asp. Due to the pandemic, some remote work is also permitted.
Through the efforts described below, the Supervising Attorney will have a lasting impact on service to low-income taxpayers in northern and central Illinois. Among other duties as assigned, the Supervising Attorney will:
Salary and Benefits
Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. Salary starts at $58,000 per year, higher depending upon experience; Benefits package includes health, dental, retirement, and generous leave time including parental leave.
We will give preference to candidates who have knowledge of poverty law and experience providing services to low-income individuals
Some travel is required; applicant must have a valid driver's license and/or reliable transportation.
Please indicate “ Supervising Attorney – LITC” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, three references, and a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to:
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.