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Staff Attorney
Location: Peoria
Hours: full-time

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. (PSLS) is a non-profit legal services organization with 40 years of experience providing quality legal services to low-income persons, currently with 12 field offices in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Our expertise extends to family law, public benefits, consumer law, health, and education, among other areas. In housing matters, we specialize in fair housing/housing discrimination, foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant disputes, and federally-subsidized housing rights. We have maintained multi-year special projects, with diverse funding to provide legal advocacy services to persons with HIV/AIDS; disabled children and adults; the elderly; the homeless; victims of domestic violence, and many others. Annually, PSLS handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients.

We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. PSLS believes in providing the highest quality of legal representation to its clients.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Among other duties as assigned, the staff attorney will:

  • Represent clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a wide range of cases, including: Social Security Disability appeals; other public benefits programs appeals such as SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid; housing matters such as wrongful eviction and habitability issues; family law matters such as orders of protection, child custody, and guardianships where there is a safety concern; and other potentially health-harming legal matters.
  • Interact with the local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), other medical facilities, and other partner organizations serving our clients. This will include providing in-service trainings and consultation with the staff of the partner agencies so they will recognize and refer clients with health-harming legal needs, and maintaining a weekly, onsite presence at FQHC clinic sites.

The staff attorney is expected to develop and maintain networking relationships throughout the community, including medical clinics and hospitals; assist in compiling accurate and complete information for grant reporting purposes; maintain a cooperative and collaborative relationship with the funder for this position; and exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the PSLS mission.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be currently admitted to, or immediately eligible for, admission to practice law in Illinois. Prior legal services experience desired. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to public service, strong interpersonal skills, oral/written communication and research skills, and computer competency. The applicant should have demonstrated case management skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member. Travel is required, and applicants must have a valid driver’s license or other arrangements for reliable transportation. Applicants who are Spanish-English bilingual will be given special consideration.

TO APPLY: Via e-mail, please supply a cover letter explaining your interest and experience, a resume, a list of three professional references, and a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to: moconnor@pslegal.org and cpeterson@pslegal.org

In the subject line, please state “Peoria Staff Attorney Application”

CLOSING DATE: When filled.

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