Legal Advocate - The Network

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The Legal Advocate, as part of a larger domestic violence services team, provides court-based legal advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence seeking orders of protection. Based in the Skokie Courthouse YWCA office, the position requires significant versatility, flexibility, patience, and initiative to effectively navigate the complexity and unpredictably of the court system. The Legal Advocate shows a deep commitment to creating a warm, welcoming, and trauma-informed space for all.


Legal Advocacy Services (85%)

Provides legal advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence at Cook County’s District 2 Courthouse and at YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Assists survivors of domestic violence with understanding their legal rights under the IDVA, seeking orders of protection, and accompanies them to court. At the request of a client, advocates on their behalf with the opposing party, the court system, and law enforcement
Maintains relationship with courthouse personnel and community partners
Provides safety planning and assessment to all clients accessing legal advocacy services
Facilitates legal information groups for survivors of domestic violence.
Assists with preparation and timely submission of all client-related court documents; all court documents must be completed with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
Refers clients to legal service providers and community partners as needed
Provides follow up services to active clients of the program
Develops and maintains relationships with courthouse personnel and community partners
Administers an evaluation process to the clients
Works as an integral member of the Domestic Violence team and attends weekly case review meetings.

Record Keeping and Documentation (10%)

Completes and submits in a timely fashion all necessary reporting documentation including written narratives on all interactions with clients
Oversees completion of intake paperwork for assigned clients
Submits monthly reports in a timely fashion
Reports on goals and objectives identified in government grants and foundations as appropriate
Contributes to day-to-day office tasks by obtaining and creating necessary client and court documentation


Participates as a trainer in delivering domestic violence training including but not limited to the state required 40-hour domestic violence training program and other community-based training on domestic violence
Participates in community and agency committees as assigned
Pursues professional development
Understands and adheres to all of YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as YWCA Employee Handbook.
Performs other duties as assigned by management.
An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position.


Education: High School Degree or equivalent

Experience and/or Training: Experience delivering direct services to survivors of trauma


Successful completion of Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training certificate within 60 days of start

Acquisition of the Certified Domestic Violence Professional credential within 12 months of employment

First Aid/CPR within 6 months of employment
YWCA requires that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination to Human Resources unless a request for a medical or religious accommodation is granted


Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in related field

Experience and/or Training:

Experience with court systems and the legal advocacy needs of survivors
Experience providing trainings on issues surrounding domestic violence


Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training certificate
Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional license
Valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance

Language: Fluency in Spanish


Intermediate proficiency with virtual services technology
Intermediate proficiency with online case management systems
Intermediate proficiency in navigating court system databases.
Access to reliable, personal auto for business use

Salary Description
$19.18 – $20.51/Hourly, $37,400 – $40,000/Annual

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