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    Chicago, IL 60602

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Supervising Attorney (GO/SATY1/9105)

Metropolitan Family Services • Chicago, IL

Posted 8 days ago

Job Snapshot

Experience - At least 5 year(s)
Degree - Doctorate
Not for Profit - Charitable


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Job Description

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 72,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.


We are hiring for a full-time Supervising Attorney to join our Legal Aid Society Team!


The Supervising Attorney develops, plans for, implements, manages, and evaluates the legal aid program in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Legal Aid Society (LAS).  This position also supervises professional and support staff in one or more service divisions or special projects; and provides leadership on behalf of the LAS in agency-wide or extra-agency activities. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Directs the day-to-day operations of service divisions or projects as assigned, and enforces LAS and agency policies.
  • Provides for the training and professional development of assigned staff and volunteers.
  • Assigns and regularly reviews the work of supervised staff and volunteers, making adjustments in the distribution of cases and assignments as necessary to provide equitable and manageable workloads as well as high quality client services.
  • Evaluates the conduct and competence of all assigned staff in consultation with the Director, and recommends appropriate pay increases and promotions.
  • Determines work schedules for assigned staff and volunteers, and makes decisions as to routine departmental personnel administration for staff supervised.
  • Participates with the Director in the selection of staff assigned to the service divisions or projects supervised.
  • Maintains knowledge of the status of cases and projects in area of responsibility and appropriate statistics as to activities supervised; reports on such activities as requested.
  • Reviews client grievances according to established procedures, and responds to outside information requests or complaints concerning the assigned service divisions or projects.
  • Authorizes release of funds from client trust accounts and authorizes expenditures for litigation costs, transportation, and other routine purchases according to agency and program policies.
  • Maintains awareness of relevant law or policy issues and developments, initiating and participating in appropriate public agency reform, court reform, legislative reform, affirmative litigation, policy analysis, and similar systemic activities in the interest of LAS clients. Provides direction and leadership around such activities to supervised staff and volunteers.
  • Handles an appropriately limited caseload of direct legal services to clients, taking responsibility for difficult, unusual, or sensitive cases as warranted.
  • Develops and maintains constructive relationships with other service divisions and projects of LAS and with the rest of the agency, promoting the maximum development of the multidisciplinary potential of the agency on behalf of clients.

Job Requirements



  • Juris Doctor required.
  • Admission to Illinois Bar required.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in the practice of law in legal or related field, including substantial trail experience in at least one of the specialties handled by the Legal Aid Society.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience supervising attorneys and/or law students.
  • Ability to assume a full rate of program-wide and agency-wide management responsibilities including program planning, board-level relations, personnel relations, project and systems designs, implementation and evaluation, law and policy development, multidisciplinary program development, bar and community leadership, general public relations, and fundraising. 
  • All supervising attorneys who primarily serve victims of domestic violence must, upon hire, enroll for training and receive a 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certification within 12 weeks of employment.

  • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups.  

Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.

  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options

  • 11 paid Holidays  

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • 401K Plan

  • Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning

  • Wellness Initiative Program
  • Employee Assistance Network
Job ID: GO/SATY1/9105
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