Full-time Exempt

Reports to:

Director of Holistic Legal Services


Commensurate with experience

Hire Date:

LCLC will close the posting as soon as we find an exceptional candidate

Who We Are 

Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) specializes in providing a unique form of holistic community- based criminal defense representation grounded in restorative justice principles to minors and emerging adults (24 and under) from North Lawndale. This highly relational and innovative model is performed by an interdisciplinary team of attorneys, case managers, outreach workers, and strategic community partners that provide developmentally appropriate supports for minors and emerging adults. The team identifies and meets the various needs of our youth at every phase of the criminal justice system: from diversion, arrest, through trial, and the completion of any period of probation, supervision, or parole, and beyond. By serving justice-involved minors and emerging adults holistically in their community, LCLC is leading the transformation of the traditional criminal justice system and establishing new best practices in community-based holistic interventions grounded in restorative justice that are more effective, cost less, and result in greater public safety for all. We believe our holistic, community-led (approximately 70% of our staff and Board of Directors are from North Lawndale) restorative justice model will transform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. More information on LCLC can be found at

Our North Lawndale Community

North Lawndale is a vibrant and resilient community and we are proud to be a part of it. Our office is located just next door to the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Apartments and Exhibit Center, built on the site where Dr. King lived for six months during his Chicago Freedom Campaign in 1966. North Lawndale is tightly-knit, and we are gratified by our affiliation with the Lawndale Community Church, an organization that has done so much to bring necessary health and legal services to the community. Unfortunately, following decades of disinvestment, “white flight”, redlining, and other harbingers of systemic poverty and violence, North Lawndale still suffers from high levels of poverty, economic hardship, violence, and over- policing. 

In North Lawndale, approximately 850 officers are assigned to the two police districts that patrol 35,000 residents. In addition, a significant percentage of specialized units (which are historically aggressive and abusive) have been ordered to rove in our community. More than 1,500 youth are arrested in North Lawndale yearly, the second highest rate in Chicago. Indiscriminate stops and searches of North Lawndale residents are a daily occurrence; 66% of adults surveyed perceived no legitimate reason for their most recent police stop. A startling 59% of adults in North Lawndale have been arrested, 30% convicted, and 27% jailed. 

Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds that our youths encounter within North Lawndale, namely the violence, poverty, and police brutality, they demonstrate hope, resolve, and a drive to make their neighborhood a better place. We are continually inspired by our clients’ resilience and positivity in the face of external challenges. It is both an honor and a privilege to help them walk them away from the criminal justice system and equip them to take control of their future.

Job Description

LCLC’s Criminal Defense Investigator is passionate about assisting attorneys in their representation of our youth. Specifically, the Investigator’s primary responsibility will be to provide LCLC’s young people with zealous and determined investigation. Investigators work with attorneys and clients to determine the best approach to investigation in every case.


  • Conduct investigations to support the legal defense in a wide variety of cases involving felony and misdemeanor charges.
  • Conduct client intake with attorneys and case managers.
  • Conduct witness interviews (complaining witness, eye witness, and mitigation interviews).
  • Canvass and reconstruct crime scenes, arrest scenes, and incident scenes.
  • Locate, obtain, evaluate and preserve documentary evidence from a variety of sources.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients.
  • Serve subpoenas on those required to testify or submit evidence before the court; coordinate witness court appearances.
  • Manage and review high volumes of footage including body worn camera, in car camera, and surveillance footage.
  • Supervise and advise investigative interns regarding conduct of investigations, analysis of evidence and preparation of reports.
  • Develop and maintain a variety of community and informant contacts so that information obtained may be relevant to cases.
  • Update and maintain detailed paper and electronic files and database records
  • Continuously seek professional development through trainings
  • Attend meetings internally and with other organizations and agencies.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Two or more years’ experience working with court-involved individuals and communities
  • College degree preferred
  • Strong communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Passion for social justice, particularly as it relates to the criminal justice system
  • Cultural sensitivity – ability to work with a diverse staff, clients, and community partners
  • Highly resourceful and able to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Ability to work independently and effectively manage an active caseload
  • Ability to perform in high stress situations
  • Ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Valid driver’s license, car, and proof of insurance required


Please apply here and submit a cover letter, resume, essay response, and a list of three references to: Brendan Epton, at Include position title in email subject. The position, which is available immediately, will remain open until filled.

Lawndale Christian Legal Center is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and organizational needs. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of those we serve. 

North Lawndale residents and minorities encouraged to apply.