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Supervising Attorney, Domestic Violence Law Unit

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About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.

 

Job description:

The Domestic Violence Law Unit at NYLAG has an immediate opening for a Supervising Attorney to provide supervision, mentorship, and training of attorneys, paralegals, interns, clinical students, and volunteers. NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Law Unit provides representation, advice and counsel, and advocacy services to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence in family and matrimonial litigation cases (including orders of protection, contested and uncontested divorces, custody, visitation, child and spousal support, and some abuse/neglect proceedings), and domestic violence based immigration matters (including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, U-visas, T Visas, and applications to adjust status). We represent clients before multiple venues including Supreme, Family, and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, as well as USCIS. Staff may also assist and provide advice and/or representation in compensation claims based on an individual’s victimization, and appellate family and immigration law cases.

 

The Supervising Attorney will directly supervise a team of attorneys and paralegals, and may supervise other Unit staff on discrete cases or issues, as well. The Supervising Attorney will share in responsibilities for supervision of long-term volunteers, clinical students, interns, pro bono volunteers, and short term volunteers. Depending on interest and capacity, the Supervising Attorney may help co-teach and lead the Domestic Violence Clinical Center, a legal clinic for law school students in the New York and surrounding area.

 

The Supervising Attorney will carry a partial case load in all areas of Unit practice.

 

The Supervising Attorney will be a part of the Domestic Violence Law Unit management team and be involved in programmatic issues, development of trainings protocols, and policies, and will serve on substantive internal and external law and policy committees to further the mission and goals of DVLU and the communities we serve.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a team of attorneys and/or paralegals within the Domestic Violence Law Unit. Supervision will include: holding regular supervision meetings with staff; reviewing case lists and intakes with staff, developing legal strategies and setting case priorities, reviewing casework in advance of filing, providing support for litigation matters, and training and professional development of staff; and
  • Actively participate as a member of DVLU’s management team to identify and respond to programmatic issues, develop trainings protocols, and policies, and other responsibilities as needed to ensure we are able to fulfill our Unit’s mission and provide an internal work-place in which our staff feel support and are able to thrive;
  • Serve as an internal resource to other NYLAG Units on issues related to domestic violence, trauma-informed services, family law, and domestic violence-based immigration work; and
  • Conduct outreach to underserved communities, partners, or other external stakeholders; and
  • Managing grants to ensure that program goals and data reporting requirements are met; and
  • Assist in development and drafting of requests for funding as well as reports to funders; and
  • Attend meetings with stakeholders; taskforces; courts; partners; funders; and others as needed to further the work of DVLU; and
  • Participate in internal and external law and policy committees; and
  • Develop and implement internal trainings, policies, and materials for DVLU staff; and
  • Conduct educational seminars, trainings, and outreach to lawyers, social workers, advocates, law students, and the general community on domestic violence related issues; and
  • Assist in development and implementation of pro bono opportunities, including clinics, and mentor cases placed with pro bono attorneys; and
  • Carry a partial case load in all areas of Unit practice; and
  • Conduct intakes and consultations as needed; and
  • Administrative duties including updating NYLAG case management systems, maintaining and updating files and case notes, maintaining and updating the DVLU Sample folder, and ensure staff they supervise do the same.


Qualifications:

  • Admission New York State Bar required;
  • 5-8 years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence required;
  • 5-8 years of experience practicing family and/or matrimonial law required;
  • 5 years of experience practicing domestic violence-based immigration law required;
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma, people experiencing poverty, and underserved communities required;
  • Prior experience mentoring and/or supervising others is preferred;
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills;
  • Excellent oral advocacy, litigation, and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently;
  • Understanding and commitment to providing client-centered, trauma-informed services, and providing support for vicarious trauma faced by staff engaged in this work.

 

To be considered, send a cover letter and resume. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

 

Employment type: Full Time

 

Professional Level: Supervisor, Professional

Salary Range: $73,046 - $86,914 plus a $10,000 differential (Commensurate with experience)

 

Benefits: Excellent benefits.

 

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, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The New York Legal Assistance Group is an equal opportunity employer; applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience and subject to funding limitations

 

 

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free…

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    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
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    Other Education Requirement
  • Experience Level
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    Intermediate

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New York, NY, USA

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