Since 1982, LUCHA (Latin United Community Housing Association) has served thousands of moderate and low-income families with Affordable Housing Development, First-time Home Buyer Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, Senior Home Repairs, and Legal Assistance. LUCHA owns and operates 200 units of affordable housing in the West Town, Humboldt Park and Logan Square Communities, and through its Freddie Mac Borrower Help Center counsels 8,000 families annually in Chicago and the Midwest region. LUCHA also partners with residents, community organizers, financial institutions and government agencies to maintain its $34 million in real estate assets and to advocate for greater affordable housing options in the region.
LUCHA’s Community Law Program services advance the cause of safe, decent, healthy, fair, open, and affordable housing in Chicago. Our Community Law Program deals with all aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship including educating residents on their basic rights, working with tenants who are on the brink of eviction, assisting renters who are living in unsafe conditions, connecting people with community resources, and also representing clients during real estate closings. The LUCHA Community Law Program is a fast-paced, client-centered environment. We receive several calls per day from tenants. Our staff work directly with clients and listen to them describe their housing issues. After an intake interview, the staff and the client work together to develop a plan for the client’s issue(s). We also offer short-term representation to clients through the Eviction Diversion Program, as well as engaging in more intensive work with long-term clients.
Position Purpose: LUCHA is seeking a part-time Law Clerk to assist in its Community Law Program. The Law Clerk will support the Community Law Program’s CTO Homeownership Legal Service by collecting information from all parties, making sure deadlines are met, ensuring files are complete, and any additional duties as assigned by the Community Law Program Staff Attorney or by the LUCHA Executive Director. The Law Clerk will also collect important client documents, organize files, conduct research, schedule client appointments, follow-up with clients and assist in overall program compliance.
Role and Responsibilities:
In conjunction with LUCHA’s Community Law Program, the position duties will include:
Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
Prepare files for real estate closings by performing tasks such as gathering all relevant documents.
Prepare legal documents, including briefs, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of the case.
For certain Community Law Program legal cases, file relevant documents with the court clerk.
Ensure CHA Closing files contain all necessary information, including executed contract, CTO Rider, engagement agreement, and both CHA and independent inspection information
Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, and other relevant community partners.
Receive and place telephone calls.
Organize and maintain law libraries, documents, and case files.
Schedule and make appointments.
Other duties as assigned by the Law Project Manager and Director of Programs
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
Bilingual (Spanish/English) required.
Experience with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
Able to prioritize work and keep calm under pressure.
Conscientious and detail oriented.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Ability to represent LUCHA in a positive and professional manner at all times.
Must demonstrate integrity and commitment to LUCHA’s mission and values.
Residents of the target neighborhoods in and around Chicago are encouraged to apply.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Knowledge of HUD programs, offices, resources, applications processes, and public and private partnerships. Previous experience & On the Job Training.
Software systems: Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Previous experience.
Customer and Client Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and client (internal) services; including client assessment, meeting quality of standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction. Previous experience.
English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Fluency and Previous experience.
Spanish Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the Spanish language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Experience helpful, though not required.
Interpersonal: Highly-developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; excellent presentation skills. Ability to communicate and actively listen at all levels with staff, Board of Directors and external relationships in a professional manner. Previous experience.
Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex financial issues and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Previous experience.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Previous experience.
Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential organizational actions; to choose the most appropriate course of action in collaboration with the Executive Director. Previous experience.
Negotiation: Bringing others together to try to reconcile differences, whether strategic or tactical, organizational or departmental. Previous experience.
Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others. Previous experience.
Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Previous experience.
Ethics: Genuine and deep-rooted ethical approach to all business, finance, interpersonal and mission-related matters. Previous experience.
Task Management: Ability to prioritize multiple and varied tasks within broad guidelines. Previous experience.
Fluency of Ideas: The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic, and the ability to inductively or deductively come about to solutions or resolutions. Previous experience.
Mathematical Reasoning: The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. Previous experience.
Problem Sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Previous experience.
Written Comprehension and Expression: The ability to read and understand information and idea presented in writing; and the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so that others understand. Previous experience.
Legal Research and Legal Writing: The ability to conduct legal research and draft legal documents. Previous experience required. Legal aid experience preferred.
Majority of work performed in a general office environment.
Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours to perform job duties.
Also requires participation and attendance at conferences, meetings or organization-sponsored events and meetings across the city, region, and country.
Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.
Requires the ability to transport and carry up to 15 pounds of materials to satellite locations, though accommodations can be made to a candidate that otherwise meets qualifications.
Requires the ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work document, set-up and maintain work files.
Periodic overtime is required.
Occasional local travel to LUCHA facilities and satellite locations may be required.
Occasional day and overnight travel by air and/or automobile to conferences may be required.
Scope of Responsibility:
Work with minimal direction.
Significant impact on the programs and compliance functions.
Regularly interacts with LUCHA team, including Development and Finance Departments.
How to apply:
Send Resume, Cover Letter, and three references via email only, with the subject line “LUCHA Law Clerk” to Raisa Alicea, LUCHA Community Law Program Staff Attorney at email@example.com.
Once the resume, cover letter, and 3 references have been submitted, you must immediately apply via the Chicago Housing Authority’s Job Portal. Please follow these steps to apply for this job posting :
• Go to the CHA's Section 3 Job Opportunities Website: https://Section3jobs.thecha.org. • Search for the position “Part-Time Law Clerk.” • Complete the application by pressing the “Apply Now!” tab and submit.
To ensure fair hiring practices, each applicant qualified will be interviewed and hired by the CHA tier system. Tier System Order:
1. CHA residents that live at the project site 2. CHA residents that live at sites other than the project site 3. HCV/Scattered Site Residents 4. YouthBuild 5. Low-income persons in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
Deadline for application:
• July 5, 2019
Potential start date:
• July 15, 2019.
Internal Number: Law Project
About Latin United Community Housing Association
LUCHA is 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about LUCHA, please visit www.lucha.org.