Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Legal Services
4 Year Degree
Description of Organization
Lawndale Christian Legal Center (“LCLC”) was founded in 2010 to provide holistic community-based legal services grounded in restorative justice for youth, age 26 and younger, in the Lawndale area. LCLC’s vision is to raise up justly treated youth who are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system. LCLC provides community-based legal representation integrated with community-based social services such as case management, mentoring, peace circles, after school programming, and workforce development. As a community-based organization, LCLC serves residents from Chicago’s North Lawndale community. More information on LCLC can be found at www.lclc.net.
Description of Project
LCLC functions as the lead agency for the North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub (RJ Hub) in implementing the Restorative Justice Community Court (RJCC) in North Lawndale. The RJ Hub is a grassroots network of 28 North Lawndale community stakeholders building a safe, healthy, and thriving community for all. The RJ Hub is partnering with the Circuit Court of Cook County to develop the first ever RJCC, which will be located in North Lawndale and serve emerging adults, ages 18-26, with nonviolent felony and misdemeanor charges. The RJCC will launch on August 31, 2017 and is projected to serve 100 defendants and victims in its first year. The RJCC seeks to reduce incarceration and criminal records by engaging community to provide restorative justice peace circles between victims and defendants coupled with wrap around social services provided by Hub partners in the neighborhood. The RJCC seeks to heal and restore community members after crime has been committed.
The Restorative Justice Consultant (RJ Consultant) will work full-time for one year with the Restorative Justice Advocate and Practitioner (RJ Practitioner), who is the North Lawndale resident charged with designing and implementing the restorative justice peace circle process for the RJCC. The RJ Consultant’s primary responsibility is to develop and equip the RJ Practitioner with the skills needed to lead the restorative justice peace circle process for the RJCC. This includes helping the RJ Practitioner become a trainer that can identify and develop new Restorative Justice circle keepers in the North Lawndale community to support the RJCC as it grows after year one. The position requires extensive knowledge of restorative philosophy and experience in restorative practices to complete the following responsibilities:
Build a strong trusting relationship with the RJ Practitioner to develop the RJ Practitioner’s restorative justice skill-set
Co-keep restorative justice peace circles with the RJ Practitioner for the first 100 defendants and victims served by the RJCC in year one and debrief those experiences with the RJ Practitioner for mutual learning and growth
Support the RJ Practitioner in preparing for restorative justice circles, including but not limited to, preparing the victims, defendants and respective families, participating community members and social service representatives as well as preparing for the restorative justice circle process
Assist the RJ Practitioner in designing and implementing the recruiting and training program for North Lawndale residents interested in becoming restorative justice peace circle keepers for the RJCC
Work with the RJ Practitioner to preserve the integrity of the restorative justice philosophy within the RJCC
Support the RJ Practitioner’s relationship-building efforts with the North Lawndale community, including Hub members
Advise the RJ Practitioner in how to work with case managers and Hub members providing wrap around social services
Guide the RJ Practitioner in developing strong trusting relationships with the court personnel for the RJCC
Develop the RJ Practitioner’s skills to effectively communicate the restorative justice peace circle process for the RJCC
Cultivate local experiential opportunities to enrich and deepen the RJ Practitioner’s restorative education and circle keeping experience
Identify local and national trainings that will help the RJ Practitioner succeed in leading the restorative justice process for the RJCC, including visits to other restorative justice courts and other sites around the country
Application: Please send cover letter and resume to Cliff Nellis at email@example.com. Include position title in email subject.
Minimum ten years of experience in keeping restorative justice peace circles in a broad variety of settings and communities
Experienced trainer and facilitator of restorative justice practices, including restorative justice peace circles and conferencing
Passion for and commitment to restorative justice and developing emerging indigenous leaders
Knowledge of the criminal justice system, trauma informed practices and recent trends toward treating emerging adults differently than adults
Familiarity with urban settings and emerging adults