Staff Attorney, Courtroom Advocates Project

  • Job posted by Sanctuary for Families

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


The CAP Staff Attorney trains and supervises law student advocates who assist domestic violence victims seeking orders of protection in Family Court. The attorney provides comprehensive, compassionate, holistic legal services to victims of gender-based violence through direct representation, community education and outreach, and policy and systems-change advocacy.

  • Trains and supervises law students each semester and 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
  • Conducts recruiting presentations at law firms
  • 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
  • Effects policy initiatives and systems changes that benefit domestic violence victims
  • Participates in the LCADV Working Groups in the Family Court and the Integrated Domestic Violence Court
  • Trains law students, community advocates, and others 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
  • Represents the legal center on inter-departmental task forces and committees.
  • Represents Sanctuary for Families at community events
  • Attends trainings on relevant legal issues
  • Performs any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor

  • J.D. degree
  • Two years relevant experience preferred
  • Admission to the NY Bar
  • Comfortable speaking in public
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills
  • Fluency in an additional community language preferred
  • Strong writing, research, and analytical skills; strong communication and group leadership skills.
  • Experience working with domestic violence, trauma survivors or low-income immigrant clients


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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