Position Overview:
Responsibilities include implementing CGLA's priorities in the criminal records practice, representing clients in criminal records-related matters, training and supervising attorneys, fellows, interns, and volunteers to provide quality legal services and representation.

Essential Duties:
  • Provide direct and brief legal services to CGLA clients in criminal records matters, maintaining a manageable caseload proportionate to other responsibilities.
  • Manage the assignment of attorneys and volunteers and coordinate with State's Attorneys and court personnel to assist self-represented litigants as a “friend of the court” at court hearings at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building and other courthouses.
  • Supervise attorneys and volunteers in the provision of advice, support, and training to individuals who qualify for relief under the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.
  • Develop and deliver legal education and technical assistance to community attorneys and community-based organizations regarding records relief and licensing under the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.
  • Supervise attorneys and volunteers in the provision of advice, support, and training regarding alternative forms of criminal records relief, including FDIC waivers, health care worker waivers, certificates of rehabilitation, and other forms of relief.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with workforce development agencies and other community-based organizations that have formal partnerships with CGLA to provide holistic legal services to clients.
  • Schedule and conduct periodic on-site and virtual visits to partner organizations to conduct staff training and provide legal services.
  • Supervise volunteer attorneys and law students at CGLA's Criminal Records Help Desks and community summits as assigned.
  • Collaborate with assigned Client Support Services staff to improve client outcomes.
  • Collaborate with attorneys in other CGLA program areas when criminal records clients have civil or criminal defense legal needs, serving as co-counsel on their housing law, family law, and criminal law cases with supervisory approval as caseload capacity allows.
  • Maintain up-to-date client information in CGLA's case management system to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking including timely reporting of outcomes.
  • Assist with developing educational materials relating to criminal records matters and conduct classes for clients, volunteers, courts, partner organizations and other personnel as assigned.
  • Attend CLE classes and legal community meetings on relevant legal and social justice topics.
  • Work with the CGLA leadership team to ensure all program goals are met each fiscal year.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Personnel Management
  • Assist in onboarding and training new staff, interns and volunteers and reviewing their work product.
  • Conduct performance appraisals and quarterly check-ins with direct reports and assigned fellows.
  • Ensure timely, consistent, and detailed performance feedback is provided to each direct report. Ensure direct reports are performing at a satisfactory level.
  • Provide resources and support to address staff's needs, identify and secure professional development opportunities for staff, provide coaching and supervision, and manage and resolve conflict.
  • Provide training and supervising in-house staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers to assure quality legal representation.

  • Juris Doctor from ABA-accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois by date of employment.

  • Minimum of 3 years' practice experience, with at least 1 – 2 years in criminal law.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of supervisory of experience.

Required Skills:
  • Strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Be self-driven, highly energetic and innovative.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results.
  • Superior interpersonal skills; comfortable working with a diverse population.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Exemplary organizational skills and keen attention to detail.

Supervisory Responsibility:
Supervise attorneys and other employees as assigned.