Medical Release Legal Coordinator

IPP’s Medical Release Legal Coordinator will be responsible for leading training and supporting non-IPP attorneys in the presentation of medical release cases. The Medical Release Legal Coordinator will oversee program administration, supervise non-IPP attorneys, and provide direct legal services to incarcerated people and their families. This is a one year, grant funded position. Although this position may be renewed or made permanent depending on funding, there is no guarantee of renewal. IPP hopes to fill this position quickly, with an anticipated start date in August.

Responsibilities include:

  • Arrange for training and support for pro bono and private attorneys to represent incarcerated people in Joe Coleman Medical Release Act hearings  
  • Represent incarcerated people in Joe Coleman Medical Release Act hearings
  • Work with IPP staff and private attorneys, identify incarcerated people who need representation under the Joe Coleman Medical Release Act and pair them with private attorneys
  • Track assignment and compensation for private attorneys providing representation for incarcerated people under the Joe Coleman Medical Release Act
  • Meet regularly with the Department of Corrections and Prisoner Review Board to improve processes around medical release
  • Conduct research and draft reports around efficacy and areas of improvement for medical release in Illinois
  • Represent IPP in public fora, media, and in Springfield around medical release when necessary
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partner organizations and firms
  • Develop and maintain a panel of medical experts
  • Recruit, train, and support private attorneys, including those providing pro-bono representation
  • Coordinate the award of CLE credit
  • Monitor changes and prospective changes to criminal law legislation, prison reform, Illinois Department of Corrections’ administrative directives and policies related to the Joe Coleman Medical Release Act
  • Assist staff in identifying and participating in relevant trainings and professional development opportunities
  • Oversee data collection and recording, keeping accurate and thorough client records
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from ABA-accredited law school
  • 1-3+ years practicing criminal defense, civil, or similar field of law
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois by date of employment
  • Experience working with pro bono attorneys or private attorneys
  • Be comfortable creating and maintaining relationships with advocates, allies, legislators, legislative staff, and agency staff
  • Commitment to criminal legal reform in Illinois and social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency using Google and Microsoft suite; prior experience with Filevine or other case management software a plus
  • Strong proofreading and detail-oriented research and writing skills
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from community members and the general public
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as required
  • Ability to commute to IPP’s office in Chicago and travel throughout the state for prison visits, parole board hearings, and other events.

Location: Preference will be given to candidates in Illinois. IPP maintains a hybrid work environment, including working remotely and out of IPP’s office at 53 West Jackson Blvd in Chicago, Illinois. There is no minimum in-office work requirement but some meetings or events will require in-person appearance. 

Reports To: Legal Director

Compensation: This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $65,000, and planned quarterly bonuses making the total salary equivalent to $97,079-$126,198 in accordance with IPP’s pay scale which is based on experience. Additional compensation includes:

  • $500 stipend towards professional development each fiscal year
  • 20 days of vacation leave each fiscal year
  • 12 paid holidays off, plus a weeklong office closure in August and a weeklong office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Half day Fridays year-round (office closes at 12:30pm)
  • Unlimited sick & wellness time
  • Health insurance (75% employer paid for employee, 50% employer paid for dependents)
  • Dental insurance (75% employer paid for employee, 50% employer paid for dependents)
  • Vision insurance (75% employer paid for employee, 50% employer paid for dependents)
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance (100% employer paid)
  • Life insurance (100% employer paid)
  • 401(k) (both pre-tax and Roth options) plus a $1,000 annual employer contribution

Illinois Prison Project is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Illinois Prison Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

How to Apply:

  • Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to hiring@illinoisprisonproject.org with “Medical Release Legal Coordinator” in the subject line.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Due to the large volume of applicants, we will not be able to reply to individual emails about an applicant’s status. No phone calls, please.