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Diversion Attorney

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Organization Type

Public Interest

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Date Last Verified

Aug 27, 2021

Valid Through

Dec 10, 2021

Posted on

Jul 15, 2021

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


Chicago, IL, United States

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Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Diversion Attorney
Duties: In partnership with the Case Managers stationed (who is part of the legal team), interview young people who arrive to gather information to effectively advocate for diversion and deflection and assess pre and post-arrest rights were not violated. Negotiate with CPD detectives for a young person to be placed in a pre-prosecution diversion program in lieu of being charged and prosecuted. Counsel the young person regarding next steps whether they are diverted or prosecuted and advise them of their rights in a manner that is developmentally appropriate. Communicate with parents or guardians to inform them of the post- process and expectations for their child and answer any questions about the process. Draft narrative reports, giving synopses about interactions between the young person and Chicago Police including information on diversions and prosecutions. Document the details regarding each young person, including information about the case, the client and social services referrals that may be appropriate through detailed paper and electronic files and database. Provide the Public Defender’s Office with information related to bail issues if formal charges are filed. Work closely with social services staff, legal interns, and partners to ensure that needed legal and social services are integrated and coordinated for clients. Attend meetings internally and with other organizations and agencies, including the Police Department, the City Mayor’s Office, and partner organizations. Conduct legal research, draft motions and memoranda on occasion to assist staff attorneys.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Licensed to practice in Illinois. 2+ years of juvenile or criminal defense trial experience or two + years of analogous negotiation experience. Strong oral advocacy and negotiation skills. Excellent communication skills with young people from a variety of backgrounds. Strong research and writing skills. Passion for social justice, particularly as it relates to changing the experience of young people’s first contact with the criminal justice system. Cultural sensitivity and the 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 multi-task and prioritize responsibilities with other projects. Ability to work independently. Ability to think on your feet in high stress situations.
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Send a cover letter, resume, original writing sample, and a list of 3 references.

Company info

Latrionna Moore
Lawndale Christian Legal Center
1530 South Hamlin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623


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