Staff Attorney, Family Law Project

  • Job posted by Sanctuary for Families

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.

The Staff Attorney's primary duties are to provide comprehensive, compassionate legal services through direct representation, advocacy, and consultations on family law matters including custody, visitation, and order of protection cases and working on the Center's Legal Helpline. The Staff Attorney will also conduct lethality assessments, create safety plans, and provide legal information to victims via the Helpline and at legal clinics.


  • Provide direct representation to clients in family law matters in Family and Supreme Courts in all 5 boroughs;
  • Conduct legal clinics at community based organizations;
  • Staff the Legal Helpline with the Project's other attorneys and project assistants;
  • Advocate directly for clients with key stakeholders including but not limited to NYPD, District Attorney's Office, Administration for Children's Services (ACS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), and Division for Homeless Services (DHS);
  • Conduct community-based trainings to potential clients;
  • Refer clients to the appropriate in-house and external services and track the status of internal and external referrals;
  • Foster and maintain relationships with community-based organizations (CBOs) that refer clients to the Helpline;
  • Partner with the Director of Pro Bono Program in identifying cases that are suitable for representation by pro bono attorneys;
  • 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; and
  • Performing any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by the Director and Deputy Director.


  • J.D. degree;
  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • Minimum of two years of relevant legal experience;
  • Fluency in Spanish is required;
  • Ability to work with diverse populations;
  • Sensitivity to sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and other gender-related issues;
  • Deep understanding of and ability to work well with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize;
  • Strong ability to work independently;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong communication skills; and
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

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