STAFF ATTORNEY (Temporary Full-time)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is in accordance with Legal Services NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement




105 Court Street
New York
United States


*This position is at Brooklyn Legal Services*

Brooklyn Legal Services seeks an immediate temporary attorney for its Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit (FLU). It is anticipated that this position will be for a period of approximately six (6) months, and will be located in our Downtown Brooklyn office.

Project Description

The FLU has been providing legal services to DV victims throughout Brooklyn for over 30 years. In the 1970s the Unit pioneered DV advocacy and litigation and has been an innovative leader in the field ever since. We provide advice, counsel and representation to victims of domestic violence in family offense (order of protection), custody and visitation, child and spousal support, divorce, and immigration proceedings. Our staff is widely recognized for their expertise and provide numerous trainings to a wide audience, including shelter staff and residents, hospital staff, DV advocates, judges, attorneys, court staff, and community-based organizations.

Brooklyn Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC, provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Brooklyn’s diverse low-income population. BLS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and decent housing, maintaining income support, redressing abusive lending and consumer practices, promoting family stability and mitigating the effects of domestic violence, and advocating for the disabled.

Roles and Responsibilities


The temporary attorney will be responsible primarily for providing advice, counsel, brief services and assessment for representation to new client intakes. The attorney will also be responsible for litigating a small number of family law and matrimonial cases in Brooklyn Family, Supreme and Integrated Domestic Violence courts. A substantial portion of the attorney’s time will be devoted to assisting disabled victims of domestic violence, including those with mental health issues pursuant to an LAV grant. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

Experience and Qualifications

J.D. and admission to the New York State Bar required. Applicants should have excellent legal research, writing, verbal communication, and organizational skills; and strong interests in litigation and working directly with clients.

Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and/or domestic violence advocacy; experience with complex matrimonial litigation; experience working with the target client population; and/or language skills, including sign language.

Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and people over the age of 40 are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.  

Level of Language Proficiency

Please refer to experience and qualifications in Project Description.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Please write “Temporary Family Law Attorney” in the subject line of the email.  

Position available: immediate