Friday, February 05, 2016

Full time receptionist needed at local law firm!

Local small law firm with primary practice areas in personal injury, workers compensation and medical malpractice law seeks full time receptionist.  Experience is preferred but not necessary.  Excellent telephone and written communication skills and attention to detail are necessary.  Additionally, good computer proficiency and time management skills are desired.  Please send resume via U.S. Mail to LeFante Law Offices, P.C., 456 Fulton Street, Suite 410, Peoria, IL 61602 or by email to Jennifer Anschuetz at janschuetz@lefantelaw.com.  No telephone calls please.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Paralegal Position Available!

Paralegal Position Available


Bloomington, IL family law firm seeks a paralegal with excellent organization and communication skills. Duties include drafting pleadings and correspondence, maintaining attorney calendar, meeting with clients as needed, and client billing. Previous law firm experience and paralegal certificate or degree preferred but not required. Email your resume with cover letter to bloomingtonfamilylaw@gmail.com
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
Northern District of Illinois, Chicago
Human Resources Office, Room 1574
219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604
www.ilnd.uscourts.gov

NOTICE OF POSITION VACANCY
Date: January 29, 2016
Job Announcement No.: 2016-10
No. of Vacancies: One
Position Title: Operations Specialist
 Grade Range: CL 24-01 to CL 26-61
Salary Range: $35,470 - $70,103
Closing Date: February 12, 2016

To apply: Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and application to the Human Resources
Department by Friday, February 12, 2016. For further information, please see directions under “Notice to Applicants” listed below.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The U.S. District Court has a vacancy for an Operations Specialist for the Western Division, located in Rockford, Illinois and reporting directly to the Deputy-in-Charge. The Operations Specialist provides  courtroom support to judges by attending court proceedings, recording pertinent results for minutes, and managing case documents.

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
. Assists with the orderly flow of proceedings including, but not limited to, setting up the courtroom,
assuring presence of all necessary participants, managing exhibits and taking notes of proceedings,
rulings, and preparing minute entries.
. Maintains the control of cases assigned to the judge.
. Maintains record of the cases assigned to the judge as they are filed and examines all papers filed in an action assigned to the judge to determine whether they conform to the rules of practice.
. Calendars and regulates the movement of cases by fixing (or by resetting when necessary) dates and
times for hearings on motions, pretrial hearings, and trials, notifying counsel accordingly, and follows
the cases through until conclusion.
. Performs courtroom functions required by the judicial officer, ensuring such documents as are needed
and are available in Court, attending court sessions and conferences.
. Confers with attorneys, acting as liaison between the judge and counsel.
. Acts as a source of information to attorneys on the special procedures of the judge, answers procedural questions, and assists with compliance. Maintains contact with attorneys regarding the status of cases. 
. Processes criminal and civil legal documents, making summary entries of pleadings, petitions, motions, complaints, orders, and proceedings on the docket.
. Prepares and transmits to appropriate parties such items as notices, judgments, and orders, answering inquiries about the status of cases and providing electronic filing assistance.
. Prepares documents for shipping to the Federal Records Center, assists the public at the Clerk’s Office counter by answering case related inquiries in a customer friendly manner, issuing all civil processes, and verifying judgments.
. Verifies that attorneys are admitted to practice before the court, provides files or copies of documents upon request, filing new civil cases.
. Receives cash/checks for bonds, fines, and daily balancing of monies collected, deposits funds collected pursuant to policy and procedure.
. Performs other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

The incumbent must have strong customer service skills with the ability to provide clear and detailed oral and written instructions, strong organizational skills, good knowledge of proper grammar usage, and the ability to edit efficiently. A general knowledge and understanding of the rules and procedures of courtroom operations, legal terminology, and how other processes of the Clerk’s Office relate to the work. Skill in communicating with judges, attorneys, and the general public, and in managing courtroom logistics. Ability to take notes and summarize material for minute entries/judgments in a distracting setting. Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work are important. Knowledge of and skill in the use of applicable automated systems. The position requires one to three years of specialized experience in the processes of court operations; courtroom deputy training or experience is highly desirable. Candidates must have one year of experience at the next lower classification level. College degree is desirable.

COMPENSATION
Compensation and classification level will be set based on the work experience, qualifications, and salary history of the successful candidate. To qualify at a CL 24, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to work at the CL 23. To qualify at a CL 25, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to work at the CL 24. To qualify at a CL 26, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to work at CL-25. To qualify at a CL 27, applicants must have to years of specialized experience with one year equivalent to work at CL-26. Specialized experience is:

Progressively responsible clerical or administrative experience requiring the regular and recurring
application of clerical procedures that demonstrate the ability to apply a body of rules, regulations,
directives, or laws and involve the routine use of specialized terminology and automated software and
equipment for word processing, data entry or report generation. Such experience is commonly
encountered in law firms, legal counsel offices, banking and credit firms, educational institutions, social service organizations, insurance companies, real estate and title offices, and corporate headquarters or human resources/payroll operations.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Benefits information may be viewed at: www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/home/clerksoffice/hr/Benefits.aspx

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS

Serious consideration will be given to those who apply via the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois website by providing a cover letter, resume, and application in a single pdf. Job announcements and employment applications may be obtained by visiting our web site at:

www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/home/clerksoffice/hr/Job-Opportunities.aspx


Please send your cover letter, resume and application to: human_resources_ilnd@ilnd.uscourts.gov or fax to: 312-554-8674. Application materials must be received by the Human Resources Department by Friday, February 12, 2016.

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will only communicate with those applicants who will be interviewed. Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Prior to appointment, the finalist candidate will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background investigation. The Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct which is available upon request. Direct deposit is required for payment of compensation for employees. Employees of the District Court, Northern District of Illinois are excepted service appointments. Employees are considered at-will and are not covered by federal civil service classifications or regulations. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.








Friday, January 22, 2016

Join Our Team!

THE CENTER for YOUTH & FAMILY SOLUTIONS
cyfsolutions.org

Join Our Team!

The Center for Youth and Family
Solutions has a part-time opportunity!

Are you 21. or older and studying Social Work, or a related field? We are looking for candidates for our on-call advocate position.The applicant would be on-call after hours and some weekends. He or she would gain skills and experience working with youth and their families in a crisis situation. interested candidates are to submit their resumes and fill out an application at cyfsolutions.org. Or you can call Betty Porter @ 309-323-6573 for additional information.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

4 Keys to Succeeding in Illinois Central College Public Services Programs


1.    Stick with THE Plan. For our students, whether traditional or non-traditional, you’ve met with an advisor, had an opportunity to attend orientations and you have a clearer idea of your chosen career path. Hence, you know what to expect and you can minimize financial and emotional stress as you work towards graduation and entering the job market prepared to move directly into your career. We put a lot of effort into creating and providing a plan for your success.  Stick with THE Plan!
2.    Create a Support Network. Pursuing your education shouldn’t be a lonely experience. As you meet the challenge of balancing work, school, your family and personal life, having a good support system will make balancing all of your goals and responsibilities that much easier. Develop relationships with anyone who can help you succeed.  Utilize the student services available to you.  Visit your Professors during Office Hours.  As you move towards career related Internships or even full or part-time career related jobs, look for support from your workplace. Those who have already crossed the bridges you will cross are always happy to help you do the same. Many employer will encourage you to develop your skills, provide advice and mentorship, work to provide flexible schedules and other support.
3.    Create a Work Space at Home.  Most of our classes are Web supported, some entirely or partially via the Web.  You can’t do the work you will be expected and want to do from the couch as you or others watch TV.  Make the time to create an effective work space at home.   Strive for basic things like a comfortable desk and chair, good lighting, pens and paper, WiFi access etc. It also means creating an environment in which you won’t be distracted by the usual household events. Either work out a schedule that  allows you consistent and uninterrupted time to focus on your course work or find a place no one will come to bother you (the laundry room).
and maybe most important . . .

4.    Eat, Sleep and Manage Stress.  Juggling work, school, family, and life will create stress.  Eat foods that are good for you.  Hydrate with water over anything else.  Get a good night’s sleep as often as possible. Schedule and follow through with regular exercise.   For managing stress, step away from it all and take a few minutes to meditate, pray, spend time with your family, walk the dog, pet the cat, sit in the Sun.  Stop that train before it gets to “Overwhelmed”.  It is a lot to juggle and these are not easy programs.  That said, the time you put in, the effort you put forth and simply sticking to the plan, will lead to rewarding employment opportunities.  

Paralegal for large Chicago law firm!

DTI is seeking a paralegal for large Chicago law firm.  The position is in the Private Clients, Trusts & Estates group.  Candidates should have at least 5 years’ experience in Trusts and Estates work.  If you are interested and would like to learn more about this position, please email your resume in Word format to Stacey at CHIRecruiters@dtiglobal.com.  This position is a permanent position and exciting opportunity with a large law firm located in the loop.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Job Announcement: Paralegal in Chicago, IL

Job Announcement

December 2015

Paralegal

Chicago, IL



MALDEF is the nation’s leading non-profit Latino civil rights law firm. Founded in 1968, MALDEF works to safeguard the civil rights of Latinos and to increase the community’s ability to participate fully in American society. We currently seek a Paralegal to perform a variety of duties to assist regional office attorneys in pursuing a docket of significant civil rights
litigation.

Job Responsibilities:

Conducts legal research and drafts memoranda; conducts client interviews and oversees intake tracking system; reviews and analyzes effects of legislative developments and administrative and judicial decisions; interviews and evaluates potential witnesses; oversees maintenance of trial preparation and briefing materials; represents regional office on various outside committees; conducts community education and outreach; oversees maintenance of law library;
organizes and coordinates year-round volunteer/intern program.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience is required. Legal work experience as secretary or clerk is acceptable; however, work experience as paralegal is preferred. Research experience and good writing skills are required. Bilingual Spanish/English fluency in oral communications is required. Commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Latino community; prior experience in civil rights related activities and issues is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The successful candidate will have the ability to work under pressure and shift attention rapidly from one task to another; have skill in giving instructions and information in a manner that facilitates team effort; be able to speak, understand, and read Spanish; have knowledge of WordPerfect, Microsoft Word and other software programs required; have the ability and willingness to travel by auto and airplane in connection with cases, advocacy, and administration requirements. Experience in not-for-profit advocacy organization is preferred. Legal research experience is preferred. Proficiency in
writing in Spanish is desirable.

Compensation:

$29,500 to $34,500 per year. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package including employer paid medical, dental, vision, as well as short and long term disability insurance, term life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, 11 paid holidays, and 20 days of personal time off
(PTO) per year.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, résumé, and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email to: jobs@maldef.org. For ease of processing please title your email as follows: Your Name – CHI Paralegal. Attachments should be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Position Open Until Filled. . Equal Opportunity Employer

For more information, visit: www.maldef.org

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Real estate closer and escrow officer position opening!

River City Title, LLC is seeking a real estate closer and escrow officer to work in its North Peoria office. Duties include title searches, title commitments, final title policies, closings, client relations, and administrative duties. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator with the ability to multitask under heavy time constraints.

Applicants should email their resumes and cover letters to Attorney Casey Kepple @ casey@rivercitytitle.net.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Full time Paralegal Position Opening!

We are a Peoria law firm located across from the Peoria County Courthouse. Our practice is limited almost exclusively to trial work in the areas of family law, nursing home neglect, and personal injury. Recently, a longtime employee of 35 years retired. We have two other full-time paralegals and one part-time. There are three attorneys, and this job would interact in some degree with all three attorneys. Our goal is always to have a cohesive office that communicates well internally. So, for the job, we don’t just look at skills and experience; your personality and innate talents to be personable, organized, and focused are important.

The most difficult part of this job will be managing a large number of divorce files. Therefore, please expect the following as part of the job:
-          There is a lot of paper in the way of discovery, pleadings, and correspondence, and it’s critical for files and their filing to stay up-to-date;
-          We get a lot of phone calls;
-          We use Word and Clio constantly; there are two younger attorneys who are tech-fluent, and we need you to be able to navigate software well together with us;
-          Attention to detail, which plays out in a myriad different ways: catching court dates that are stamped on filings and making sure they make the right calendar, proofing your typing (or ours, which is often run through Dragon dictation software, and only needs editing), anticipating time commitments when doing calendaring for attorneys - as some examples.


This is a full-time position with health insurance, a retirement and profit-sharing plan, and vacation. It is often a fast-paced environment. We would anticipate doing interviews around the New Year timeframe. Please contact rparker@mtco.com and bseckler@mtco.com with your resume. Thank you for your time and interest.