- Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. (PSLS), is a legal services organization serving 36 counties in northern and central ILLINOIS outside of Cook County. The more than 140 staff are located in 12 offices with primary intake and legal advice services centralized via our telephone counseling service.
We are seeking a part-time attorney to develop two initiatives to improve access to legal services. This position will be located in our WHEATON office.
The Telephone Counseling Service includes about 5 non-attorney intake specialists and 13 attorneys who qualify applicants for service and provide legal advice by phone on a variety of civil legal issues, including housing, family, public benefits, education and consumer law. The attorneys also refer clients for additional service within PSLS where resources permit and outside of PSLS as appropriate. In addition, PSLS participates in an online access system to aid persons seeking legal help to determine if the services they are seeking are available, to screen for certain criteria for cases and to link applicants to an expedited telephone interview to access services.
This position will be responsible for further developing this Online Access System as an additional portal for program-wide intake. This aspect of the position requires the individual to be very comfortable in working with technology, methodical in setting up the rules guiding the system, and detail oriented in testing the rules before implementation.
In addition, this position will be responsible for coordinating a new model service focused on legal advice for self-represented litigants. This new service will be developed on a small scale in coordination with legal self help centers and will test whether services targeted at a segment of self represented litigants is effective and efficient. The attorney must be comfortable in working with court personnel and self-represented litigants. As a model project, it is important that the attorney factor in methods for evaluating this new service.
This is a grant-funded position for one year, with any extension contingent on funding. This position is 20 hours per week. For the first 3 months, the schedule will run concurrent with existing Telephone Counseling Hours -- Monday - Thursday, 9am - 2pm. A modified schedule is possible after the first quarter, depending on staff needs and needs assessment for optimal hours for the self-represented litigant hotline.
Salary is $25/ hr. PSLS offers liberal fringe benefits including holiday and vacation pay.
Women, minorities and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. Prairie State Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer.
Applicants must be admitted to the Illinois Bar and be seeking part-time work. Some legal experience is required. Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred.
About the organization
Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems like domestic abuse, eviction, foreclosure and public benefits and need legal help to solve them.
We have 11 offices covering 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Our Administrative Office is located in Rockford, IL.The mission of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights.