Staff Attorney - Immigration

Life Span | Chicago (Metro), Illinois

Background

Life Span’s Center for Legal Services and Advocacy, a nationally known best practices agency, seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide legal services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in immigration cases. 

Life Span is a leader in the provision of services to victims of violence and their children. Our comprehensive services include criminal court advocacy, representation in civil cases, and counseling for our clients and their children. Our innovative programs deal with such issues as police domestic violence, immigration, employment issues, the effects of trauma on clients and their children, teen dating violence, and battered women as respondents in civil cases. Our agency has two sites, and services are available in English, Spanish, Polish and Arabic and 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.

Job Summary

The staff attorney 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.

Responsibilities

The staff attorney 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

  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois;
  • 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.

Compensation

Generous benefits package, competitive salary dependent upon experience.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Denice Wolf Markham, Executive Director of Life Span, via email at dmarkham@life-span.org.

No phone calls.

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