The Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) invites applications for a Clinical Fellow to assist in coordinating the work of the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children, a project of the CFJC that aims to end life and other extreme sentences imposed on youth through litigation, policy reform, and outreach to community, formerly incarcerated individuals, and families. The Clinical Fellow will provide litigation support to attorneys throughout the state, directly represent individuals facing and/or serving long sentences for offenses that occurred in their youth or as young adults, and draft amicus briefs and/or coordinate amicus strategy in Illinois courts and courts around the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. The Clinical Fellow may also provide research support with respect to the Coalition’s policy and reentry initiatives. The ideal candidate will have had 3+ years of relevant litigation experience, including experience in trial, appellate, and/or post-conviction litigation in Illinois courts. Additionally the candidate should be comfortable working in collaboration with law students, outside organizations, and incarcerated individuals. This position is envisioned as lasting for at least one year but may be extended based on candidate interest and funding.
Supervises and Manages both overall for the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children projects and aspects of projects supervised by both the clinic director and the legal fellow. Projects address a broad range of legal issues including direct representation of individuals facing and or serving long sentences which occurred in their youth or as young adults. . The fellow will be responsible for drafting and coordination amicus strategy in Illinois court and courts around the country including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Liaises with partners, clients, and other external organizations (e.g., opposing counsel) on projects
Facilitates logistics and substance of internal and external project communications (e.g., calendar invites, reminders, drafting agendas, leading calls or meetings, taking notes, following up on action items)
Reviews case related work product to various client matters s (e.g., motions, briefs, pleadings, surveys, curriculum modules, reports, memoranda, academic papers)
Conducts research, drafts, and finalizes work product related to client matters (e.g., motions, briefs, pleadings, surveys, curriculum modules, reports, memoranda, academic papers)
Demonstrates proper technique when arguing motions, and conducting trials and administrative hearings
Coordinate amicus strategy in Illinois courts and around the country, including U.S. Supreme Court
Maintaining client and partner contact information, case information, files, and correspondences
Manages meeting and/or litigation schedule, including filing deadlines, hearings, and appearances.
Performs other related duties as required or assigned.
Admitted to practice law in Illinois
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Minimum of 3 years of case evaluation and investigation required.
Organization; analytical thinking; big-picture thinking; curiosity; ability to work independently, as well as collaborate as part of a team.
Demonstrates significant writing and editing skills.
A demonstrated interest in incarcerated juveniles serving/facing long sentences.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience in a legal setting
Highly proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, IMovie, Adobe Photoshop, Lexis & Accurint & Cascade Content Management System
Communicates effectively both written & verbal.
Ability to remain organized amidst multiple competing demands
Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and interpersonal.
Demonstrates initiative and follow-through.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37850
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.