Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellowship
April 30, 2018
Full Time - Entry Level
Administer Justice, a faith based legal aid organization, will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship should begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end May/June 2020.
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief and outreach and education to community partners. . All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical assistance providers.
This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.
The fellow will be supervised by Administer Justice and based in Elgin, Illinois.
Fellowship Description The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow will:
Provide direct legal services to human trafficking victims addressing the range of civil legal issues that arise from their victimization. Services will be provided at our Elgin office, on outreach, and/or onsite at area partner organizations that provide housing and rehabilitation to trafficking victims.
Provide crime victims’ rights enforcement.
Conduct educational workshops addressing human trafficking for the general public, service providers, law enforcement and attorneys.
Collaborate with other social service agencies by providing referrals as needed.
Leverage pro bono resources on behalf of victims.
Conduct outreach activities, both directly to victims of labor and sex trafficking and to the community at large to raise awareness and ensure knowledge of the program as a resource.
Contribute to and oversee the programmatic reporting required under the federal award.
Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows.
Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 28-29, 2018 in Washington, DC; learning event at the end of the Fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2018 and 2019 in Washington, DC; and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute.
Work collaboratively with the organization’s legal and non-legal staff and volunteers to ensure the highest level of service possible is provided to every client.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Licensed to practice law in Illinois.
A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients
Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors
Ability to begin the fellowship by on or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years
Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement and victim service are strongly encouraged to apply
Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
Proficiency in Spanish strongly encouraged.
Previous experience in team building or community engagement preferred.
Previous experience in teaching, training or public speaking a plus.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits provided by Administer Justice:
Paid vacation and sick/personal time, cell phone reimbursement, position related travel reimbursement, parking and bar dues provided. Great working environment with a caring and dedicated team. Our mission: To administer justice through comprehensive legal, financial, conflict resolution and educational services to empower the powerless, give hope to the hopeless and show God's mercy and compassion to all in need. Our organization’s name comes from the bible verse Zechariah 7:9: This is what the Lord Almighty says, “administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another.”
About Administer Justice
Administer Justice in a non profit legal aid serving low income individuals and families from throughout northern Illinois. We provide free civil legal assistance, financial counseling and conflict coaching services to those whose household income is within 250% of the federal poverty guideline. We are a Christ-centered organization and seek to serve our clients with love, compassion and dignity.