Description:

Life Span seeks a full-time staff attorney or accredited representative to provide legal services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in immigration cases. This position is based at our Chicago Loop office. Life Span empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence to demand safety as a human right through client-centered services and leads social change through accountability, community engagement, and systemic advocacy.

Life Span is a nationally known leader in the provision of services to victims of violence and their children. We are a financially secure organization with over 40 years of consistent and reliable funding. Our comprehensive services include criminal court advocacy, representation in civil protective order cases, expert representation in family law cases, immigration services and counseling for survivors and their children. Our work encompasses such issues as police domestic violence, immigration, employment issues, sexual assault civil no contact orders, the effects of trauma on clients and their children, teen dating violence, and the criminalization of survivors. Our agency has two sites, and services are available in nine languages including English, Spanish, Polish and Arabic. All services are free of charge. Our agency provides national leadership in policy work and systemic advocacy, and our staff has trained advocates, lawyers, judges, counselors and other professionals in Illinois and across the country on critical issues and innovative practices.

Life Span values diversity—in strengths, backgrounds and lived experiences. It is essential that our staff and leadership reflect the communities that we serve. We are committed to creating an anti-oppression framework and seek candidates who share this commitment.

Job Duties: The staff attorney or accredited representative will provide representation to victims of domestic violence in immigration matters, including VAWA Self -Petitions, Battered Spouse Waiver Cases, and U Visa Cases. Opportunities for community outreach and participation in systemic advocacy and policy reform included.

Qualifications:
  • License to practice law in Illinois, or if not an attorney, willingness to apply for and maintain DOJ Accreditation and attend required trainings;
  • If not a lawyer, prior experience working as an DOJ accredited representative is required;
  • Experience working with domestic violence victims preferred;
  • Experience working on immigration matters;
  • Public interest law experience and/or demonstrated commitment;
  • Spanish, Polish, Russian, or Arabic language skills at the bilingual level are strongly prioritized for this position; and
  • A minimum two-year commitment to the position is preferred.

Compensation: Generous benefits package, competitive salary dependent upon experience.

Hybrid Position: While Covid restrictions are in place, this is a hybrid remote position. Following initial training, staff may work a hybrid schedule with a mandatory minimum of 24 hours in office per week.