Lawndale Christian Legal Center (“LCLC”) was founded in 2010 to provide legal services grounded in restorative justice for youth, age 24 and younger, in the Lawndale area. LCLC’s vision is to raise up justly treated youth who are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system. LCLC provides legal representation integrated with social services such as case management, mentoring, after school programming, workforce development, and mental health services. LCLC is the only legal organization that serves youth through the end of their sentencing period after their case is over. As a community-based organization, LCLC serves residents from Chicago’s North Lawndale community. More information on LCLC can be found at www.lclc.net.
Description of Project
LCLC functions as the lead agency for the North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub (RJ Hub) in implementing the Restorative Justice Community Court (RJCC) in North Lawndale. The RJ Hub is a grassroots network of 36 North Lawndale community stakeholders building a safe, healthy, and thriving community for all. The RJ Hub is partnering with the Circuit Court of Cook County to implement the first ever RJCC, which is located in North Lawndale and serves emerging adults, ages 18-26, with nonviolent felony and misdemeanor charges. The RJCC launched in September 2017 and is projected to serve 100 participants in its first year. The RJCC seeks to reduce incarceration and criminal records by engaging the community to provide participants with restorative justice peace circles coupled with wrap around social services provided by RJ Hub partners in the neighborhood. The RJCC seeks to heal and restore community members after crime has been committed.
The Case Manager is a member of LCLC’s Case Management team, providing and coordinating services with community RJ Hub partners for emerging adults, ages 18-26, involved in the North Lawndale Restorative Justice Community Court.
Maintain a case load of 15-20 young adults involved in the criminal justice system
Assist young adults to attend all court related appointments and court ordered services as part of the Repair of Harm Agreement that is developed through the peace circle process.
Help young adults create a service plan including their short and long-term goals, and the steps they need to take to achieve those goals with incentives built in for achieving goals
Communicate and work closely with North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice Hub Members for coordination of services
Monitor progress of each young adult on their service plan
Communicate and work closely with circle keepers who administer restorative justice conferences and peace circles, to link young adults and families to services identified in circle
Communicate and work closely with other LCLC staff – legal and social – in developing a network of support for young adults
Establish supportive relationships with families, schools, and community partners (including site visits)
Establish collaborative relationships with RJCC system players, including judges, attorneys, and Social Services personnel (including attending court)
Provide timely reports for court as needed (may require occasional court appearances)
Keep detailed case notes, database records, files, and records of efforts
Complete necessary reports of work as required by grants
Complete Peace Circle Training and be able to co-facilitate peace circles in the community
Attend all required RJCC trainings and RJCC planning meetings
Please submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Kim Rueter at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Qualifications and Requirements
Master of Social Work preferred
Bachelor of Social Work (or related field) with 3 years experience in providing case management services for young adults involved in the criminal justice system
Experience working with urban minority young adults
Experience in workforce development for young adults preferred
Self-starter that is passionate about supporting underserved young adults
Valid driver’s license and vehicle for attending meetings and transporting young adults
Travel to meetings in the community, including home and school visits