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Loyola University Chicago Institute for Paralegal Studies


Website The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian

Office of the Cook County Public Guardian


Position: Paralegal I
Salary: AAIII Grade 16E – $58,793 + Full Benefits
Location: Juvenile Division or Domestic Relations Division


SUMMARY: Paralegals at the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian assist attorneys by gathering organizing, and summarizing information, conducting legal research, attending staffings, preparing legal pleadings and conducting client interviews. As a professional partner in the service of children, the paralegal is expected to be familiar with, and perform all duties consistent with the ethical requirements as set forth in the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, Article VIII, and Code of Professional Responsibility. Additionally, each paralegal is expected to observe confidentiality in client matters and ensure the health, safety and welfare of our clients.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following core duties are fundamental to the performance of the job. Other duties may be assigned and/or may be necessary to the performance of the job.
• Conduct legal research.
• Prepare motions, responses and fee petitions.
• Prepare subpoenas and monitor compliance.
• Assist attorneys with all aspects of case preparation.
• Review and summarize documents.
• Conduct client, caregiver, and case manager interviews, and make recommendations as needed.
• Maintain Out-of-Area database and incarcerated clients lists.
• Conduct and assist with periodic data audits.
• Create and maintain client case files.
• Review and organize discovery.
• Attend client staffings and summarize information for assigned attorney.
• Assist with special projects upon request.
• Obtain documents for cases.
• Coordinate client interviews at residential facilities, out of area placements, and correctional facilities.
• Assist with intake of new cases, and collection and processing of retainers and fees.
• Prepare files for close out.


QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, a paralegal must hold a post-graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies from an American Bar Association approved program or a law degree from an American Bar Association approved Law School. Must possess two (2) or more years of experience as a paralegal. Must possess excellent professional judgment, problem solving, analytical reasoning, communication, and interpersonal skills. Must be organized, detail oriented, have the ability to handle multiple tasks, work efficiently within a fast paced environment and meet constant deadlines. Must be able to work independently as part of an interdisciplinary team, and maintain a professional demeanor. Proficient legal research and computer skills necessary, including abilities in LexisNexis, Excel and Microsoft Office.

This position requires a pre-employment drug screening and criminal background check. Applicants are advised that as a Drug Free Workplace, use of medical or recreational marijuana is prohibited and will disqualify a candidate from employment. In addition, all employees are subject to the Office of the Chief Judge COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy and must provide proof of vaccination or apply, and receive approval from Human Resources, for a religious or medical accommodation prior to on boarding.


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