REPORTS TO: SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, EMERGING ADULTS PROGRAM
The Emerging Adults Program provides legal services to youth and emerging adults (young people between the ages of 18-24) impacted by the criminal justice system who are seeking to remove barriers imposed by their juvenile and criminal records through expungement and sealing, health care waivers, and certificates. The Program also supports youth facing allegations of juvenile aftercare (parole) violations by providing legal representation at the parole revocation hearings.
CGLA is a recipient of a Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention (CBVIP) grant through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. This grant provides funding for an Emerging Adults Staff Attorney to provide legal representation to youth up to age 21 in juvenile parole revocation proceedings, as part of CGLA’s Support Successful Transitions Program (SSTP). The hearings primarily occur at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, Illinois, and the Staff Attorney will represent youth who have been taken into custody for allegations of violating the terms and conditions of their aftercare release. Additionally, the Staff Attorney will work with the SSTP program staff to support the youth through their transition back into the community, with the ultimate goal of successful completion of their sentence and the building blocks for a stronger future.
Provide direct representation to youth facing juvenile parole hearings, from the preliminary hearing before an administrative hearing officer to the full revocation hearing before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (IPRB). Direct representation includes gathering mitigating evidence and advocating for their legal interests in administrative proceedings;
Work with the SSTP Social Worker and Emerging Adults Staff Attorney to ensure CGLA’s interdisciplinary model provides the best possible representation to the youth, identifying ways to support clients in meaningful ways beyond the hearing representation;
Manage administrative aspects of the juvenile parole appointments, including communicating with IDJJ staff, ensuring adequate coverage of assigned dockets, and properly recording time spent on program activities;
Maintain Legal Server (CGLA’s case management system), record case notes for each client, communicate with SSTP staff, record outcomes, and complete proper case documentation;
Track SSTP grant goals and requirements to ensure services are meeting set targets; ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking to contribute to longitudinal outcome data; complete periodic reports as requested.
Assist with providing education and training to SSTP coalition members as well as Know Your Rights presentations for incarcerated youth or youth participating in aftercare services;
Perform juvenile and criminal records research and provide consultations about eligibility for relief and the impact of the juvenile and/or criminal record on client’s goals, as necessary;
Provide advice, support, training, and supervision at community outreach and educational events related to the juvenile justice system and juvenile expungement as assigned;
Attend CLE classes and legal community meetings on relevant legal and social justice topics, keeping abreast of changes in the law;
Participate in bi-weekly case review meetings to discuss the pending cases in the program;
Attend staff meetings, legal team meetings, and other program meetings as assigned;
Perform other duties as the position requires or as assigned by the Director of Programs or the Supervising Attorney of the Emerging Adults Program.
Juris Doctor from ABA-accredited law school. Licensed to practice law in Illinois by date of employment.
0 to 3 years practice experience, preferably in criminal law.
Experience with Microsoft Word.
Strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
Be self-driven, highly energetic and innovative.
Ability to work collaboratively with staff, interns and volunteers.
Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results.
Superior interpersonal skills; comfortable working with a diverse population.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both in writing and orally.
Exemplary organizational skills and keen attention to detail.
Required Hours Generally required office hours are: Monday through Friday - 9:00am to 5:00pm. On days when juvenile parole and preliminary hearing are scheduled, required start time is 8:00am at the Illinois Youth Centers in St. Charles, IL or Warrenville, IL.
NOTE: Must be able to work occasional evenings; 5:00pm to 9:00pm to conduct community presentations and occasional Saturdays.
Supervisory Responsibility None.
Physical Requirements Sit for long periods of time Speak clearly so listeners can understand. Understand the speech of another person. Must be able to handle high levels of mental stress. The employee is regularly required to sit, walk, talk, read, see and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to type, handle, or feel and reach. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Travel to the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, and occasionally to the Illinois Youth Centers in Chicago and Warrenville and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, is required. Travel to client homes and external agencies to provide community-based services will also be required.
**All applicants must have a current valid driver’s license and access to an automobile is required**
Work mileage will be reimbursed Working Conditions Work is performed in a typical office environment. Must be able to work in an open office setting with moderate noise levels
We offer a generous benefits plan that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield - Health insurance, Vision Service Plan – Vision insurance, Principal Dental insurance and 100% employer paid life insurance, (EAP) Employee Assistance Program, Dependent Care, Pet Insurance and Medical Flexible spending accounts, Pre Tax Programs for parking, local transit for Ventra and Metra and UberPool, and Vanguard 403(b) retirement account. Additionally, CGLA offers generous Paid Time-off, Floating Holidays and 14 paid holidays per year. During the summer months we celebrate Summer Fridays by closing the office early.
How to Apply
Go to https://cgla.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=50
Note: Please mention how you heard about the job announcement in your cover letter
NO PHONE CALLS OR RECRUITING FIRMS PLEASE!
CGLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.
(If selected for an in-person interview, a writing sample will be required)
Your writing sample can be a redacted brief, motion, or petition that you filed in court or a scholarly article or research paper.