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Staff Attorney- Domestic Violence Law Project

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Safe Horizon
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Staten Island, NY
New
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Published 24 days ago

Summary

The Staff Attorney, using autonomy and independence, provides legal representation to domestic violence victims in matrimonial, family offense, custody, visitation and child support cases.  The Staff Attorney represents victims in all stages of litigation. The Staff Attorney also conducts presentations and trainings to internal and external audiences including community-based organizations and other service-based providers on domestic violence and the law.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Works independently to litigate family and matrimonial cases throughout New York City from intake to trial;
  • Conducts in-depth interviews with victims of domestic violence, compiles history and investigates to corroborate allegations.
  • Drafts all legal documents and makes all court appearances with victims of domestic violence.
  • Prepares witnesses and clients for court appearances.
  • Responsible for assisting clients with a holistic range of services, including advocacy on non-legal issues.
  • Exercises complete decision-making authority over each client’s case.
  • Provides legal information, advocacy, and referrals to individual who reach out to the DVLP helpline.
  • Maintains clients’ case files and all internal data logs. Responsible for their own clerical case-related work.
  • Maintains monthly statistical reports documenting case representation, provision of legal advocacy, and referrals.
  • Provides statistical and narrative data to five to ten funders.
  • Conducts presentations and trainings to community-based organizations and other service providers to promote the mission of the agency.
  • Attends meetings to discuss policy issues affecting client population.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies within the domestic violence and legal community in New York City.
  • Participates in the Lawyer’s Committee against Domestic Violence and other advocacy/policy groups.
  • Serves as an internal resource to Safe Horizon staff, answering questions and making educational presentations.
  • Contributes to the employment, supervision and oversight of support staff, volunteers and student interns.


Interacts With: 

  • Clients
  • Safe Horizon court programs staff
  • External decision-makers
  • Funders
  • Judges
  • Court Staff
  • Private Attorneys
  • Attorneys from other not for profit organizations, with related missions
  • Private and not for profit community-based service providers
  • District Attorney’s office
  • Family Justice Centers
  • Mayor’s office
  • Representatives from law schools
  • Representatives from the Bar Association


Required skills:

Prior litigation experience in family or matrimonial proceedings is preferred. Must possess strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to convey legal concepts to laypeople. The ability to write routine reports, court documents, case notes, pleadings and correspondence in a clear, concise and effective manner is essential. Must be creative and have critical thinking skills. Must be a persuasive and effective public speaker. Prior experience organizing and executing group training and information exchanges is preferred. Must possess demonstrated appropriate communications skills with client populations, colleagues and court staff. Problem-solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills are also essential. Must be familiar with legal services, resources and procedures available in New York City. Must possess a knowledge and understanding of economic issues facing domestic violence victims, including but not limited to housing, public benefits and child support. Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with various individuals, organizations and government agencies is essential. A strong commitment to working exclusively with victims of domestic violence is required.


Qualifications:

Must have a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school, be admitted to the New York State Bar and have two to four years of related experience. New graduates who have completed an approved fellowship or judicial clerkship may be considered. Must have prior experience in and/or thorough knowledge of family law, crisis intervention, criminal justice system, working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, family violence, poverty law, feminist law and/ social justice work. Bilingual oral and written skills strongly preferred. Demonstrated commitment to social justice, community empowerment, and anti-racism strongly preferred

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New Requirement- Effective October 29, 2021, as a private contractor of The City of New York all Safe Horizon employees, interns and volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons.

If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment 

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply 

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Summary

The Staff Attorney, using autonomy and independence, provides legal representation to domestic violence victims in matrimonial, family offense, custody, visitation and child support cases.  The Staff Attorney represents victims…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Experience Level
    Intermediate

Benefits

  • Health Care Coverage for Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 4 Week's Vacation
  • 12 Sick Days
  • 403b Retirement & Matching
  • Life Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Health Care Coverage for Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 4 Week's Vacation
  • 12 Sick Days
  • 403b Retirement & Matching
  • Life Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Staten Island, NY
Associated Location
Staten Island, NY, USA

How to Apply

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