1) Direct Client Contact and Collaboration with the Legal Team:Â Provide social work support to the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, including primarily the following clinical projects: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic, Immigrantsâ™ Rights Clinic, and Abrams Environmental Law Clinic.
2) Interview clients, family members, and others as needed.
3) Attend meetings with clients, experts, and others with the supervising attorney(s) and student team.
4) Gather social histories and conduct psycho-social assessments of clinic clients.
5) Draft social history reports, mitigation reports, and treatment plans.
6) Testify in court regarding reports and treatment recommendations.
7) Link clients to needed social services in the community.
8) Follow clients through their legal cases to ensure court mandated requirements are met.
9) Provide post-disposition services to clients who may have ongoing psycho-social needs, as determined by the legal team.
10) Develop plans for treating, documenting, and proving clientsâ™ emotional injuries in civil rights cases involving police abuse.
11) Consult on issues related to the impact of environmental contamination on affected communities and strategize on how to assist community members to utilize social services to help maximize their recovery.
12) Provide therapeutic intervention for clients in crisis.
13) Complete paperwork for client files and client cases.
14) Community Collaboration and Systematic Advocacy: Build and maintain relationships with the University of Chicagoâ™s School of Social Service Administration.
15) Build and maintain relationships with other University of Chicago entities as necessary, such those within the medical center.
16) Build and maintain relationships with community service providers.
17) Attend and/or facilitate local and regional committee meetings with community service providers or relevant partners.
18) Advocate for vulnerable populations served by the Mandel Legal Aid clinics.
19) Clinical Education and Consultation: Supervise law and social work students (2-4 social work students in their first- or second-year placement).
20) Complete evaluations for social work student supervision requirements.
21) Assist clinic attorneys and law students in processing vicarious trauma.
22) Other related duties as assigned.
1) Strong written and verbal communication skills.
2) Ability to work efficiently individually and as a part of a team.
3) Ability to request and maintain records.
4) Ability to research and write mitigation reports.
5) Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations.
6) Ability to travel by car within the regional area and Chicagoland area.
7) Ability to work evening hours with advance notice, as needed.
1. Master's degree in Social Work, from an accredited institution
2. Licensed to practice social work in Illinois
3. LCSW license
1. 5 years of related social work experience, preferably in the Chicago-land area.
2. Experience working with vulnerable populations.
3. Experience providing services to both juveniles and adults.
4. Experience navigating the legal system and courts.
5. Experience teaching/supervising students.
Required Documents 1) Resume 2) Cover Letter 3) Professional References
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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