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, a nationally known best practices agency, seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide legal services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. 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 cases, counseling. Our innovative programs deal with such issues as police domestic violence, immigration, employment issues, 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 and 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 complicated family law cases, as well as orders of protection and civil no contact orders. All our clients are domestic violence and/or sexual assault survivors. The attorney will work with counseling and advocacy staff to provide a coordinated response to clients’ needs. The staff attorney will participate in systemic advocacy and policy reform.

Compensation: Generous benefits package, competitive salary dependent upon experience.

Qualifications:
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;
Spanish, Polish, Russian, or Arabic language skills at the bilingual level are 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 dmarkham@life-span.org; or regular mail to 70 East Lake Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601.

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