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Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Sep 01, 2021

Valid Through

Dec 15, 2021

Posted on

Jul 18, 2021

Years of Experience

1-2 yrs required


Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type



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Duties: Manages an assigned caseload within one or more specialty areas. Interviews new clients to gather information needed to a) process applications and commence legal work; b) identify emergencies and unusual situations; c) facilitate the obtaining of legal advice; d) and organize and implement action as warranted. Identifies legal issues from facts presented by clients, and recognizes additional social or economic problems for referral to other sources of assistance. Assists attorneys in client representation and litigation. Drafts routine pleadings, documents and correspondence; answers court calls as permitted by local practice; manages court or administrative agency filing and scheduling; conducts factual investigations; performs simple legal research; gathers and compiles documentary evidence; and locates and prepares witnesses. Assists in legal representation through communication with clients, witnesses, adverse parties, personnel in public agencies and institutions including judges and court personnel, other service providers, and similar individuals and groups. Conducts simple negotiations on behalf of clients. Develops a basic knowledge of court and administrative agency practice in assigned area of work, and keeps other staff informed of developments. Develops positive working relationships with court and agency personnel. Maintains established systems for docket control, case management, recordkeeping, and reporting on a high volume caseload in assigned area, utilizing automated information management systems where available. May engage in community education, service planning, and public relations activities including written and oral presentations. May participate on various committees and task forces within the agency and with outside organizations. May represent clients in administrative level hearings as permitted by law. Inputs data and notes regarding work done and outcomes achieved in a timely manner. Participates in public relations and/or community education efforts as needed. Works effectively with diverse staff and service population. Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required. OR ABA accredited paralegal certificate, and or comparable experience demonstrating working knowledge of legal systems and concepts required. 1-2 years relevant experience required, ideally experience aiding individuals reentering society from incarceration. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred. Excellent writing, record-keeping, organizational, and communications skills. A high level of overall performance demonstrating long-term commitment to and broad understanding of quality legal aid work as well as ability to assume leadership responsibilities. Ability to master the operation of available computer hardware and software in assigned area. Commitment to work in public service through direct assistance to people in need. Strong writing, recordkeeping, organizational, and communications skills. Ability to exercise appropriate independent judgment under supervision. Some ability at typing or computer operation at the beginning level is desirable. Mobility to work community-based caseload. Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.

Additional info

Requisition Number: PARAL02681

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Metropolitan Family Services
One North Dearborn
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602


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