- Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has strengthened lives, assisted families and supported communities – one person at a time for over 40 years. CGLA does more than give people a second chance – we are addressing the root causes of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other challenges that contribute to crime and recidivism. This is accomplished by combining high-quality legal services with supportive services coordinated through strategic partnerships with social service providers, government agencies, and other legal aid organizations. Legal representation focuses on those negatively impacted by the criminal justice system through criminal defense work, criminal and work and civil cases that arise from criminal justice system involvement.
The primary responsibilities of this role are to implement CGLA’s priorities in the new Emerging Adults practice group and to oversee the provision of legal services to youth and emerging adults to help them overcome barriers to employment, education, and housing (including public housing for their families) that result from their involvement in the juvenile justice system or the adult criminal legal system. The position will accomplish this objective by establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners who serve youth and emerging adults, conducting community outreach and education events on matters involving juvenile expungement and adult criminal records mitigation, and direct representation of youth and emerging adults in court and administrative proceedings.
- Manages and supervises the Emerging Adults program, which provides legal services to eliminate or mitigate collateral consequences of criminal and juvenile records for the emerging adult population (ages 14 -26).
- Responsible for training and supervising two Staff Attorneys, Program Fellows, Interns, and Volunteers to assure quality legal representation.
- Responsible for handling appointments by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (IPRB) to represent juveniles who are charged with violations of aftercare (juvenile parole)
- Oversees the provision of legal services at CGLA’s offices, partner agencies, the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
- Oversees the provision of legal services to youth facing juvenile parole violations at Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice facilities and manages administrative aspects of the juvenile parole appointments, including ensuring adequate coverage and proper invoicing of services rendered.
- In collaboration with the Criminal Defense Supervising Attorney, provides training and supervision to other staff, volunteer attorneys, and law student interns covering the IPRB appointments and other funded juvenile parole appointments.
- Manages supporting processes, documentation, and tracking for all IPRB appointments and other funded juvenile parole appointments, implementing process updates and improvements as needed.
- Collaborates with CGLA’s Pro Bono Coordinator as necessary to establish volunteer shift calendars for the JEHD and other volunteer opportunities in the Emerging Adults Program.
- Establishes schedules for Emerging Adults attorneys to provide services or supervise the JEHD, represent clients at petition hearings, and perform other Emerging Adults activities.
- Oversees the provision of criminal and juvenile records legal services at CGLA’s community partner agencies consistent with agreed upon Memoranda of Understanding.
- Schedules and facilitates meetings of the Emerging Adults Program staff to encourage camaraderie and communication among team members.
- Establishes and maintains case acceptance criteria for the Emerging Adults program.
- Actively participates in case acceptance meetings, legal team meetings, and CGLA staff meetings.
- Oversees the scheduling and execution of educational events at partner agencies and community outreach events to increase awareness regarding options available to clients to mitigate the collateral consequences that result from a juvenile or criminal record.
- Provides advice, support, training, and supervision of juvenile records matters at community and countywide second chance summits, including the Cook County annual summit.
- Responds to technical assistance requests from other legal aid organizations and public interest law practitioners.
- Participates in coalition and advocacy meetings with juvenile justice practitioners in Illinois.
- Ensures accurate statistical and outcome tracking within case management system and maintains current client case files and records.
- Provides direct legal services to CGLA clients, maintaining a manageable caseload proportionate to other responsibilities. Maintains up-to-date client information in CGLA’s case management system to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking.
- Works with CGLA leadership team to ensure all program goals are met each fiscal year.
- Assists in writing grant applications, providing program-specific outcomes data and writing narratives as assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- A demonstrated commitment to social justice and criminal justice reform.
- At least 5 years of program management or supervisory experience.
- Strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
- The ability to work collaboratively with and supervise other staff.
- The ability to manage multiple projects and a variety of tasks and meet all deadlines while being energized by the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, team-centered environment.
- Licensed to practice in Illinois.
- Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail;
- Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with staff.
- Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability;
- Emotional maturity;
- Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently;
- Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
- Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions
- Establish priorities and meet deadlines;
- Good to excellent, grammar and written communication skills;
- Intermediate computer skills;
- Strong time management; Ability to maintain a punctual schedule.
We offer a generous benefits plan that includes health, vision, dental and life insurance, dependent care and flexible spending account, and 403(b) retirement account. In addition, CGLA offers generous paid time off, Floating Holidays and 14 paid holidays per year. During the summer months we celebrate Summer Fridays by closing the office early.
About the organization
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has strengthened lives, assisted families and supported communities – one person at a time for over 40 years. CGLA does more than give people a second chance – they are addressing the root causes of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other challenges that contribute to crime and recidivism. This is accomplished by combining high-quality legal services with supportive services coordinated through strategic partnerships with social service providers, government agencies, and other legal aid organizations. Legal representation focuses on those negatively impacted by the criminal justice system through criminal defense work, criminal records work and civil cases that arise from criminal justice system involvement.
Who We Serve
We serve residents of the City of Chicago in civil and criminal defense cases and residents of Cook County in criminal records cases.