- Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Job Description: The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a new Senior Attorney to provide legal representation and advocacy for individuals, children and families experiencing homeless through both litigation and policy work.
Organized in 1980, CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois solely dedicated to advocating for and with people who experience homelessness. Staffed by community organizers, public policy specialists, and legal aid attorneys, our advocacy is done in partnership with the people who benefit by our work: Homeless students, unaccompanied youth, parents, ex-offenders, and low-wage workers work with CCH staff and community volunteers. Together, we advocate to develop affordable housing, preserve a shelter safety net, and protect access to public schools and school services, health care, fair wage jobs, and basic human rights and services. CCH creates opportunities where people who have coped with homelessness are shown that their voice matters.
- Provide direct legal representation to homeless children and families in education-related disputes, street-based individuals in civil rights claims, and homeless or at-risk persons in other civil legal matters through litigation or administrative processes. This can also include impact or class litigation.
- Outreach to homeless individuals living on the street and in shelter.
- Develop and implement policy strategies to address systemic civil rights issues impacting homeless persons, including access to housing, education and alternative court models.
- Participate in local and state-level coalitions and campaigns to promote policies and laws that impact the civil and human rights of homeless individuals and families.
- Assist Law Project Director and Associate Director with supervision of staff, litigation and other projects as needed.
- Develop and conduct trainings for attorneys and other professionals on the legal rights of homeless persons.
- Assist in monitoring and implementing various consent decrees.
- Collaborate with other staff of the Law Project and CCH.
- J.D. degree and licensed to practice law in Illinois
- 5-10 years of experience in public interest law, including litigation and administrative hearing experience
- A working knowledge of public assistance programs
- A demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds in a culturally sensitive manner
- Experience working in high-poverty communities
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills
- Strong commitment to social justice
- Supervisory experience preferred