The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) provides free legal services to low income seniors and people with disabilities. CDEL’s clients, individuals often marginalized by age, disability and poverty, may have difficulty accessing the legal system. CDEL strives to provide access to the legal system to assist our clients in asserting their legal rights and living better lives.
CDEL seeks a Managing Attorney who will supervise CDEL’s staff attorneys and provide support to CDEL’s many student interns. The Managing Attorney will also supervise CDEL’s Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN) programming.
CDEL excels in community based programming and provides the majority of our services in the communities where our clients live. CDEL engages a large group of student interns each semester and over the summer so the desire to teach and mentor is essential to this role. CDEL’s primary practice areas include landlord/tenant, real property, estate planning, power of attorney documents, adult guardianship, collections defense, consumer fraud, elder financial abuse and simple divorce. CDEL’s staff attorneys are generalists who all supervise at least one community based program. In addition to CDEL’s staff and team of in-house interns and volunteers, CDEL engages hundreds of pro bono attorneys each year.
Provide primary supervision to CDEL’s four staff attorneys including oversight of legal work and community programming.
Oversee CDEL’s case management process and ensure efficient delivery of services.
Assist with identifying cases for placement with pro bono attorneys, including maintaining relationships with pro bono partners and tracking case outcomes.
Recruit, train and supervise undergraduate, paralegal and law student interns. Ensure internship agreements are completed and required reporting to schools is completed.
Administer CDEL’s IL-AFLAN programming consisting of legal clinics at the Jesse Brown and Hines VA hospitals.
Provide strategic organizational leadership in line with CDEL’s strategic plan.
Ensure that data necessary for CDEL’s grant reports is captured into CDEL’s case management system and assist with grant applications and reports.
Support CDEL’s Executive Director with community and funder relationships.
Represent CDEL in the Cook County legal aid community by serving on committees and task forces.
Licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.
At least eight years of experience as a practicing attorney with experience in housing law and estate planning.
Demonstrated commitment to proving community based legal services and engaging multiple stakeholders in delivering legal services.
Prior supervisory experience required.
Complex litigation experience required.
Previous program grant writing and reporting experience preferred.
Teaching experience preferred.
Strong ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders.
Detailed oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
Creative and innovative approach to solving problems.
Experience in, and comfort with, public speaking.
Comfortable with CDEL’s client base, including working with older adults and people with disabilities.
Team player with a sense of humor.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits
Full-time position available immediately. Salary range $60-65k. CDEL offers a comprehensive benefits package including health/dental/vision insurance, life insurance and long term disability insurance. CDEL also has a generous personal time off policy.
About Center for Disability & Elder Law
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) provides high-quality, pro bono legal assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
CDEL’s organizational structure consists of a modest in-house staff that supports a network of hundreds of volunteer attorneys and paralegals. CDEL volunteers provide legal representation in a wide range of civil practice areas including: guardianship, simple estate planning, landlord/tenant, consumer fraud, elder abuse and real estate.
CDEL is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. CDEL values having a diverse workplace and does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws.