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Juvenile Expungement Help Desk (JEHD) Intern- Fall Program

Employer

  • LAF

Location

Juvenile Court Building
1100 South Hamilton, 1st Floor (next to Clerk's Office)
Chicago, IL 60612

Website

http://www.lafchicago.org

Description

For almost 50 years, LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with comprehensive free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues. Each year LAF’s more than 70 full-time attorneys and staff help resolve civil problems including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Our work helps about 40,000 people annually.

In 2008, LAF established the Juvenile Expungement Help Desk (“JEHD”) at the Cook County Juvenile Center. At the JEHD, LAF helps individuals access their juvenile court records, evaluate their eligibility to expunge these records, and complete the juvenile expungement petitions and other paperwork. For some clients, LAF also represents them at expungement hearings. LAF seeks law student interns to staff the JEHD and help incoming clients with the paperwork. Additionally, a law student intern with a 711 license to practice law in Illinois may also represent the clients at their juvenile expungement court hearings.

Responsibilities of each JEHD intern may include:

  • Staffing the JEHD and doing the related work outlined in this announcement for a shift of at least 3 hours per week;
  • Researching JEHD clients’ eligibility to expunge their juvenile records;
  • Preparing juvenile expungement petitions and related paperwork for eligible JEHD clients;
  • Representing the clients in juvenile expungement court hearings, if the student has a license to practice under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711; and
  • Assisting with LAF’s other juvenile expungement projects, such as visiting high schools or community clinics to help eligible students and other persons prepare and file juvenile expungement paperwork.

Qualifications:

  • Be a current law student at an accredited law school.
  • Be available to travel to the JEHD, located at the Juvenile Court, 1100 S. Hamilton St. in Chicago, and to LAF, located downtown, 120 S. LaSalle Street in Chicago.
  • Eligibility for a 711 license is preferred.
  • Experience in public interest law and/or juvenile or adult criminal records relief is preferred.
  • Clinic, experiential learning, internship, or externship experience preferred.

Qualifications

  • Clinic, experiential learning, internship, or externship experience preferred.

Term of Service: The JEHD intern will staff the JEHD for a shift of at least three hours each week, ideally beginning in mid-August, 2018 through November 30, 2018, with flexibility depending on the intern’s schedule. Position may extend beyond November 30, 2018 if funding for position continues.

Compensation: The JEHD intern will receive $15.00 per hour.

Applications: Send a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and two professional references to resume@lafchicago.org. Write “JEHD Intern Fall 2018” in the subject line of your email.

Deadline: We will consider applicants on a rolling basis.

LAF values diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability and encourages candidates with experience working with our client population to apply.

About the organization

LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation) provides free civil legal services to individuals and families in Chicago and suburban Cook County who are unable to afford an attorney. Households with limited assets and income at or below 150% of the federal poverty line may qualify for free legal help. 

We have higher income limits for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, seniors, veterans, people living with HIV-AIDS, and domestic violence survivors seeking protection from an abuser.