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Managing Attorney


Prairie State Legal Services is seeking a Managing Attorney to lead, supervise, and inspire our staff in the Joliet office,

including 6 attorneys and 3 support staff. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, dependable, and self-motivated

with a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged populations.


Approximately 690,000 people in Prairie State Legal Service’ 36 county service area live in poverty. PSLS is providing a

pathway to equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation,

advocacy, education and outreach that serves to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. PSLS focuses

services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their fundamental requirements for physical

safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, education, and eliminating barriers to employment. We provide a wide-

range of free civil legal services to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, including low-income

individuals, older adults, veterans and people with disabilities.



The Managing Attorney is responsible for the delivery of high quality legal services and overall functioning of their assigned office. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Supervise and assist personnel in the day-to-day conduct of their job responsibilities
  • Ensure legal staff have effective supervision in order to provide high quality legal assistance to every client, every time
  • Ensure office compliance with PSLS policies, along with LSC and other grant requirements
  • Hire and train the new staff within the offices
  • Provide legal services to clients, including interviews and assessment of legal needs, legal research and factual
  • investigation, counsel and advice, brief services and document preparation, dispute resolution, and representation of clients in administrative and judicial proceedings
  • Work with the Director of Pro Bono Services to support and foster a pro bono program that uses volunteers in a full range of program activities
  • Work with the Director of Resource Development to support local fund development and grant management
  • Work with the Community Engagement Department to support networking relationships with local bar associations and with local, state, and federal government and community agencies that serve our client population

Salary and Benefits

The Managing Attorney position is a full-time position at 37.5 hours per week. PSLS offers a salary competitive with similar organizations. Our Managing Attorney salary scale starts at $73,500 per year for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and increases with each year of relevant experience. PSLS is committed to providing an excellent, comprehensive benefits package to its full-time employees that includes: 

  • Health insurance, including the opportunity to qualify for a wellness credit 
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 403b retirement plan including employer contributions
  • Extensive training and education program 
  • PTO that starts at 3 weeks/year and increases with additional years worked at PSLS
  • Paid sick leave
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
  • 12 paid holidays



  • Currently admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois
  • Member in good standing of any state bar for at least three years
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member while providing appropriate level of supervision and leadership
  • Experience in trial advocacy and negotiation
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral/written communication, research skills, and computer competency
  • Organizational and case management skills
  • Moderate travel is required; applicant must have a valid driver's license and/or reliable transportation
  • Spanish language proficiency is preferred, but not required
  • We will give preference to candidates who have knowledge of poverty law and experience providing services to low-income individuals


To Apply: 

Please indicate “Joliet Managing Attorney” in the subject line and email a cover letter explaining your interest and experience, your resume, three references, and a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to


Resumes accepted until position is filled.

PSLS is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity, expression, or presentation, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.



Submission Deadline: 
April 21, 2023
Organization Information: 
Prairie State Legal Services
18 West Cass Street
Joliet, IL 60432
United States