Job: Staff Attorney

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Title Staff Attorney
Position Full Time Salary
Job Information

Life Span’s Center for Legal Services and Advocacy seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide legal services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in its innovative project serving recent immigrants from the Middle East in collaboration with Arab American Family Services. Life Span is a nationally known leader in the provision of services to victims of violence and their children.
Our comprehensive services include criminal court advocacy representation in civil protective order cases, expert representation in family law cases, and counseling for survivors and their children. Our work encompasses such issues as police domestic violence, immigration, sexual assault civil no contact orders, the effects of trauma on clients and their children, teen dating violence, and battered women as respondents in civil cases. Our agency has two sites, and services are available in English, Spanish, Polish, and Arabic. All services are free of charge. Our agency provides national leadership in policy work and systemic advocacy, and our staff has trained advocates, lawyers, judges, counselors and other professionals in Illinois and across the country on critical issues and innovative practices.

Job Duties: Job responsibilities include civil representation in orders of protection, family law and civil no contact orders for clients with domestic violence and/or sexual assault issues, and a small amount of immigration cases. The attorney will work with counseling and advocacy staff at Life Span and outside agencies to provide a coordinated response to clients’ needs. The staff attorney will participate in systemic advocacy and policy reform.


Licensed to practice law in Illinois;
Experience working with domestic violence victims in family law cases;
Public interest law experience including hearing or trial experience required;
Arabic language skills strongly prioritized for this position.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Denice Wolf Markham, Executive Director, Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy, via email at; or regular mail to 70 East Lake Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601.

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