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ProfileStaff Attorney - Domestic Violence Victims Services RESPONSIBILITIES: Interview victims of abuse in a manner sensitive to the trauma they may have experienced and attuned to honoring their choices; Assess the needs of victims in terms of their immediate legal needs for protection and other legal issues that are an outgrowth of abuse; Engage with domestic violence and sexual assault providers to coordinate service delivery and identify/address issues that have an impact on victims; Engage with police and prosecutors to advocate for victims; Provide legal services including legal research and factual investigation, counsel and advice, brief services and document preparation, dispute resolution and representation of clients in administrative and judicial proceedings; Provide accurate and complete information for grant reporting to grant funders including documenting services in the case record; Attend training required by the grant; Actively participate in staff committees or task forces focused on services for victims; Develop and maintain networking relationships with local bar associations and with local, state, and federal governments and community agencies that serve our client population, including those serving persons with disabilities, older adults, and other special needs; and, Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the PSLS mission.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and must be currently admitted to the practice of law in the state of Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in Illinois. (Current law students are not eligible to apply at this time.) The position will require significant courtroom/trial advocacy and negotiation skills, so we prefer candidates with those skills. A demonstrated commitment to aiding victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and family abuse, strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral/written communication and research skills, and computer competency. Should have demonstrated organizational and case management skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member. Spanish-English bilingual.
Send a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, three references, and a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages).
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc
303 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103