Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has strengthened lives, assisted families and supported communities – one person at a time for more than 40 years. CGLA does more than give people a second chance – we are addressing the root causes of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other challenges that contribute to crime and recidivism. Our legal services focuses on providing holistic representation in collaboration with staff social workers and through strategic partnerships with social service providers, government agencies and other legal aid organizations—so that our clients leave CGLA stronger that they came.
Internships and fellowships are available in each of our five Legal Programs areas. Depending on the Legal Program, interns and fellows perform a variety of tasks including client communication, investigation, drafting pleadings and legal writing, direct representation as appropriate under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711. CGLA’s legal interns and fellows are provided the opportunity to develop their skills in litigation, advocacy, community education and case management.
The Criminal Defense Program provides representation in adult criminal and juvenile delinquency matters across various courthouses in Cook County, and to incarcerated youth facing juvenile parole violations Statewide. Additionally, the program provides services to individuals in certain civil matters related to criminal allegations, including individuals facing asset seizure by Cook County as well as respondents in civil no stalking orders and in orders of protection related to a criminal case.
The Criminal Records Program serves individuals with a criminal record seeking a variety of relief including expungements, sealing, Certificates of Good Conduct and Health Care Waivers, as well as clemency. The Records program runs an advice desk at both the Daley Center and at the Markham courthouse and represents clients weekly at the Live Call at 26th and California.
The Family Law Program serves parents whose contact with the criminal legal system is interfering with their relationship with their children. We also provide representation to respondents in orders of protection negatively impacting their access to their children, their housing or their employment.
The CLAIM Program tries to interrupt the cycle of incarceration between mothers and children and to strengthen family bonds. CLAIM regularly visits Illinois’ state correctional facilities for women and the women’s divisions of Cook County Jail to provide legal education, conduct intakes, and provide advice and brief services. CLAIM advocates for policy changes to increase a mother’s ability to maintain her connection with her children while serving her sentence.
The Housing Law Program represents individuals facing the loss of subsidized housing based on allegations of criminal activity of a household member or guest under HUD’s “one-strike” policy in both eviction court and voucher termination proceedings. We also advocate for clients denied admission into subsidized housing programs based on their criminal record.
Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to Ryann Moran, intern coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If an applicant wishes to be considered for a PILI funded internship or fellowship, they must apply through the PILI process in order to be eligible.
CGLA will consider applicants based upon their commitment to public service and eligibility for Rule 711 licensure. Spanish-speaking ability is a plus. Those students who wish to extend their internship into the following semester will be given additional consideration.
CGLA hires interns and fellows on a rolling basis. We will begin processing applications for the Summer on October 15 for 2Ls, and on December 1 for 1Ls. All applications should be received for should be submitted no later than March 15, but positions may already be filled.
For the Spring semester, applications will be accepted beginning October 15. All applications should be submitted no later than December 15, but positions may no longer be available.
In addition to CGLA’s available PILI-funded internships (one each in the spring and summer) and fellowships (three in the summer), CGLA will provide support for applicants seeking outside funding or class credit where available.
CGLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives equal consideration to all qualified applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the spring semester and during the summer. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.