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Holistic Defense Attorney (juvenile Or Emerging Adult)

Full-time 275 views 12 applications
Company Lawndale Christian Legal Center Location Chicago, IL, United States

Public Interest


2-10 yrs required



Sep 12, 2022

Dec 26, 2022

Dec 09, 2020


Holistic Defense Attorney (Juvenile or Emerging Adult)
Responsibilities: Zealous representation of indigent youth at all stages of juvenile and/or criminal court proceedings. Visiting police stations when a client is in custody (including weekends and evenings). Appearing in court for all hearings, from detention to probation status checks. Conducting or directing case investigations, including witness interviews and scene visits. Researching, writing, and litigating pre-trial motions. Serving as first or second chair in hearings and trials. Creating “mitigation packets” to create a powerful and genuine narrative about a client to use in plea negotiations, with an eye towards avoiding permanent felony convictions and incarceration. Working closely with social services staff, legal interns, and partners to ensure that needed legal and social services are integrated and coordinated for clients. Collaborating with North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub partners and Cook County system partners to serve our clients holistically and coordinate referrals. Collaborating with pro bono partners on cases at the direction of the Holistic Defense Team Supervisor. Utilizing current social science research about adolescents and emerging adults in approach to clients, court advocacy, and negotiations. Keeping updated and detailed paper and electronic files and database records. Continuously seeking professional development through trainings. Attending meetings internally and with other organizations and agencies.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Licensed to practice in Illinois or eligibility for admission to the Illinois bar. 2-10 years of juvenile or criminal defense trial experience. Strong trial advocacy skills. Excellent research and writing skills. Passion for social justice, particularly as it relates to the criminal justice system. Cultural sensitivity – ability to work with a diverse staff, clients, and community partners. Highly resourceful and able to initiate and manage multiple projects and deadlines. Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Ability to work independently and effectively manage an active caseload. Ability to perform in high stress situations. Ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team. Familiarity with restorative justice practices a plus. Willingness to work evenings and weekends as necessary.

Additional info

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript of court proceedings in which appeared (if available), and a list of 3 references.

Company info

Cathryn Crawford
Litigation Director
Lawndale Christian Legal Center
1530 South Hamlin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623

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