The Pro Bono and Public Interest Coordinator is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of pro bono legal projects, designed to increase law student and alumni participation in community service. This position will also support the work and goals of the Public Interest program generally, including providing public interest counseling to students. This individual reports to and works closely with the Director of Public Interest Law & Policy, and interacts with various public interest law community agencies and with a number of Law School and University-wide departments. This position is located within the Career Services department and is a part-time exempt position, benefits eligible, at 30 hours per week.
Match student-participants with Chicago-area organizations to engage in pro bono opportunities, and with non-local pro bono opportunities that may be handled remotely
Research, manage and promote new pro bono and community service opportunities to students
Collaborate with the student Pro Bono Board and student organizations to develop and maintain student-run pro bono and community service initiatives
Develop trainings for students on topics including confidentiality, conflict of interest, and legal ethics
Conduct information sessions and speaker panels on pro bono projects
Coordinate and communicate with community supervisors of students performing pro bono work
Administer the Pro Bono Pledge, which asks all law students to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono service before they graduate
Counsel students and pro bono supervisors regarding appropriate pro bono projects and appropriate student work
Direct, coordinate and maintain an accurate record-keeping system to track student pro bono projects and hours
Provide reports to determine graduation recognition
Plan events, including the Pro Bono Recognition Luncheon, to recognize graduating students who completed the Pledge
Work with the Director of Public Interest Law & Policy to prepare agendas, materials, and reports for Public Interest Faculty Committee and Public Interest Visiting Committee
Engage in university and public relations, including integration with the bench and bar, to maintain visibility of the Pro Bono Service Initiative and support a general environment conducive to student development of new pro bono projects
Assist with a wide range of career counseling, coaching, outreach, and programming services for public service-directed students and alumni
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Public Interest Law & Policy, in support of the Career Services Office
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong public speaking and presentation skills
Ability to support and interact with a diverse community of students, faculty and staff
Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines, take initiative, work independently and as a team member, and interact professionally with faculty, staff, students and the public
Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet research and databases
A demonstrated high level of initiative, and the desire to work closely with students and help them use their legal training to serve others
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s Degree required
J.D. or Masterâ™s preferred
Three to five years' professional experience in public interest law practice, legal aid or a legal environment, non-profit administration, and/or higher education administration required.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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