Courtroom Advocates Project/Campus Advocates Project (CAP and CAP2) Staff Attorney

  • Job posted by Sanctuary for Families

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services, the largest provider in the U.S. of legal services exclusively for victims of domestic violence and related forms of gender-based violence seeks a dynamic individual with a commitment to working with victims and survivors.

The Staff Attorney, Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP)/Campus Advocates Project (CAP 2) will divide their time between the two projects. Within CAP, the Staff Attorney will train and supervise law student advocates who assist domestic violence victims seeking orders of protection in Family Court. The attorney will provide comprehensive, compassionate, holistic legal services to victims of gender-based violence through direct representation, community education and outreach, and policy and systems-change advocacy. This Staff Attorney, as part of CAP 2, will also provide legal services and related advocacy to students in proceedings that emerge from campus-based gender misconduct.


Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) Responsibilities:
  • Trains and supervises law students each semester and volunteer summer associates each summer who advocate for petitioners seeking orders of protection in Family Court;
  • Represents victims of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Court and in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDVC) in cases including: orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and matrimonial matters;
  • Mentors and supervises law students and volunteers;
  • Advocates for clients in legal and non-legal forums outside of their family law cases, including housing, public benefits, and the criminal justice system;
  • Supervises summer interns on various projects;
  • Collaborates with clinicians, attorneys, and other advocates in and outside of the agency to secure best results for clients;
  • Collaborates with the Family Justice Centers and conducts legal screenings there;
  • Trains law students in family law and other related topics;
  • Maintains statistics relating to client services for grant-reporting purposes;
  • Facilitates clients' access to intra-agency and outside resources; administers provision of direct financial assistance and donations to clients
  • Attends trainings on relevant legal issues;
  • Performs any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor;

Campus Advocates Project (CAP 2) Responsibilities:

  • Provides guidance and representation to students who are complainants in campus gender-based misconduct cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and other forms of intimate partner violence;
  • Provides legal advocacy and counsel, dispute resolution and representation for gender-based misconduct cases including interviewing clients, investigation and review of case files, preparation of witnesses, and hearing representation;
  • Assists student in preparing for all stages of a case, including investigation, hearing and appeal, by helping her or him with building an evidence-based case, accompaniment to all related meetings and assisting with all relevant written documents;
  • Organizes and documents all witness interviews, evidence, and case-related information;
  • Communicates with University staff and administration regarding case assignments and representation of students;
  • Trains, mentors, and supervises volunteers, pro bono attorneys, legal interns, and law school student advocates on issue relating to campus sexual violence;
  • Conducts and prepares training materials on campus sexual violence;

General Responsibilities:

  • Refer clients to the appropriate in-house and external services and track the status of internal and external referrals;
  • Accept referrals of potential clients from the New York State Crime Victims Legal Network (CVLN), screen their cases for eligibility for direct representation, and provide limited scope or full legal representation, as appropriate;
  • Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with the CVLN to ensure victims are receiving the most comprehensive response. Within the first year of their hiring, complete 15 hours of training on holistic Victim Law, including the neuroscience of trauma and its implications for legal representation of crime victims;
  • Attend CVLN meetings and collect, maintain, and report data and statistics, as needed, to CVLN administrators;
  • Provide information regarding and assistance in completing Office of Victim Services crime victim compensation applications;
  • Maintain accurate and updated records of current and potential clients in the agency's electronic database;
  • Performing any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by the Director and Deputy Director or to be complaint with requirements of OVS grants.


  • J.D. degree;
  • Two years relevant experience preferred;
  • Experience working with domestic violence, trauma survivors, or low-income immigrant clients;
  • Special victims prosecutorial experience preferred;
  • Admission to the NY Bar;
  • Comfortable speaking in public;
  • Strong oral advocacy and verbal/written communication skills;
  • Strong writing, research, and analytical skills; strong communication and group leadership skills;
  • Excellent organizational abilities and attention to detail;
  • Self-motivated with a strong ability to prioritize, initiate, and problem-solve;
  • Ability to work individually in a self-directed manner and as a part of a team;
  • Ability to develop and foster collaborative relationships with legal and social services providers;
  • Knowledge of local community services and resources available to populations served by the program;
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software, including experience conducting legal research on West Law, LexisNexis and the internet. Working Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, MS Access required;
  • Fluency in an additional community language preferred.

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