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Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellowship (VOCA)

Employer

  • Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

Location

1 North Dearborn Street
10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Website

https://www.metrofamily.org/legal-aid/

Description

The Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship should begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end May/June 2020. The Fellow will be part of Victim Legal Assistance Network at LAS and will be responsible for providing trauma-informed, comprehensive legal services to immigrant victims of crime.

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow will:

  • Using trauma-informed approach provide direct legal services to immigrant victims of crime to address the range of civil legal issues that arise from the client's victimization
  • Provide crime victims’ rights enforcement and advocacy
  • Engage in coalitions, task force, and other collaborations as requested by supervisor
  • Conduct outreach and education activities, provide referrals, and leverage pro bono resources
  • Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award
  • Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows
  • Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 28-29, 2018 in Washington, DC; learning event at the end of the Fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2018 and 2019 in Washington, DC; and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois or licensed in another state and able to gain admission to practice under rule 717 or 705.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist crime victims
  • Experience working with crime victims or other vulnerable populations
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
  • An ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors
  • Ability to begin the fellowship by on or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years
  • Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement, victim services, or immigration are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required
  • Attorneys with at least 2 years legal experience preferred

About the organization

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) is the legal advocacy arm of Metropolitan Family Services. Each year LAS provides legal services to more than 8,000 low-income families in the Chicagoland area, addressing domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, housing, and consumer issues.