Paralegal (Public Benefits: HIV Project)
For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation, regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Legal Aid Chicago staff live our mission through our core values of equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect.
Legal Aid Chicago seeks a full-time paralegal in the Public Benefits Practice Group with a focus on our HIV Law Project. The paralegal will report to a Supervisory Attorney and the authority conferred upon the paralegal in the handling of cases or client service functions are determined by the supervisory attorney. The duties of the paralegal include the following:
- Coordinate outreach with medical, social service and community organizations meeting the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA);
- Coordinate a Community Advisory Board to help guide the work of the HIV Legal Project;
- Under the supervision of an attorney, represent clients by undertaking such activities as: interview and initial fact gathering, factual and legal research, devise, review, revise and implement the strategy for going forward, prepare a case for hearing, draft legal papers, negotiate, present evidence, interrogate witnesses, oral advocacy, and properly prepare the client and maintain an ongoing relationship;
- Work with attorneys on cases or projects; investigation and research; preparation of depositions, discovery materials, pleadings, briefs and other legal materials;
- Provide advice and referral to individuals not accepted for extended representation;
- Assist with grant reporting to HIV Law Project funders
- Maintain proficiency with all equipment, computer hardware and software necessary to perform the duties of the position; and
- Other duties as determined by the Supervising Attorneys and Director.
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred;
- Experience and comfort interacting with PLWHA, people living in poverty, older adults, people with physical, mental and cognitive disabilities, immigrants and people with limited English Proficiency required;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills required;
- Familiarity with needs of PLWHA and medical and social services available to PLWHA, preferred;
- Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Legal Aid Chicago offers a comprehensive benefits package, including low-cost employer-paid health plan options, employer-provided group life and long-term disability insurance, fitness center access, generous paid time off, and much more.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of two professional references: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to write “Public Benefits HIV Law Project Paralegal” in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls, please.
Legal Aid Chicago is firmly committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age religion, marital or parental status, alienage, disability, political affiliation or belief, military or military discharge status, or ex-offender status. Applicants who have experiences with our client communities are encouraged to apply.
Send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of two professional references: email@example.com. Be sure to write “Public Benefits HIV Law Project Paralegal” in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls, please.