Staff Attorney – Matrimonial & Family Law Unit

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published

10/09/2018

Address

7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
NY
10004
United States

Description

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $30 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 290, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.


Mission

The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.


Values that guide us

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  • We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job description:

The Matrimonial & Family Law Unit at NYLAG has an immediate opening for a staff attorney to provide representation and comprehensive legal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence on family and matrimonial cases including orders of protection, contested divorce, custody, visitation, child and spousal support, and domestic violence based immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, and U-visas.  The staff attorney will represent clients in multiple venues, including Supreme, Family, and the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts throughout New York City.


The Matrimonial and Family Law unit encompasses a number of special projects that focus on providing legal services to underserved (or under-represented) populations, including Project Eden which raises awareness of and provides representation to survivors of domestic violence in the Orthodox Jewish Community, Project RISE which provides representation to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, including adults and immigrant youth, and our Appellate Representation Project, which provides representation to individuals throughout New York who are appealing family or supreme court decisions in order of protection, custody/visitation, and matrimonial proceedings.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities include providing direct representation, advice and consultation on family, matrimonial and domestic violence based immigration matters. The attorney will conduct on and off-site intake, participate in internal staff meetings as well as external committees concerning relevant issues. The attorney will conduct educational trainings and outreach to lawyers, social workers, advocates, and the community. The attorney will work with legal interns, volunteers and pro bono attorneys.


Qualifications:

  • Admission to NYS Bar required; and
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills are required; and
  • Excellent oral advocacy, litigation and writing skills are required; and
  • Experience in matrimonial and/or family law is preferred; and
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma, immigrant communities and/or underserved communities is preferred; and
  • Professional Proficiency or Fluency in a second language, including but not limited to: Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, Bengali, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Russian, and Spanish, is preferred.


NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, LGBTQ people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

Benefits

Excellent benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

Professional Proficiency or Fluency in a second language, including but not limited to: Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, Bengali, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Russian, and Spanish, is preferred.


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.


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