Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.
One Water Street
Date: October 2018
Job Title: Associate Attorney, FJC/Family Law
Practice Job Classification: Full Time; Exempt
Department: Center for Legal Services (CLS)
Position Reports To: Managing Attorney, Family Law Practice and Managing Director, Center for Legal Services
My Sisters’ Place (MSP) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout Westchester County, NY since 1978. MSP has evolved from a small, grassroots organization into a holistic agency touching the lives of more than 15,000 individuals each year through direct services, education and outreach. We provide a continuum of free services including: a 24-hour hotline, emergency residential shelter, adult counseling, legal services, children’s services, and an extensive community education and training outreach program. MSP’s Center for Legal Services directly represents survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in family law and immigration matters, and increases our capacity to serve survivors by supervising pro bono attorneys from area law firms and corporations.
MSP and the consortium of agencies which make up Westchester’s foremost victim service providers have reopened the Westchester Family Justice Center (WFJC). This enhanced model of service ensures increased availability of specialized supportive services, and ongoing and much-needed access to legal services, both on-site and off-site, throughout Westchester County.
The WFJC will serve the entire county of Westchester from its hub in the White Plains Courthouse and serves to not only increase the availability of specialized counseling and advocacy services for victims of intimate partner violence, but also to significantly strengthen the availability of comprehensive legal services through a community-based legal response to the needs of victims.
MSP seeks an Associate Attorney to serve as MSP’s primary legal liaison to the new FJC. The attorney will work one day per week on-site at the WFJC; provide legal advocacy and representation to victims of domestic violence in the White Plains Family Court, White Plains Integrated Domestic Violence Court, and other family courts throughout Westchester County; conduct emergency and non-emergency legal consultations; and assist with outreach and education programs. Attorney will co-locate at MSP’s White Plains Office and as part of CLS will provide holistic legal representation and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in family courts throughout Westchester County, including: orders of protection, child support, paternity, custody and visitation, and:
- Conduct all aspects of a civil practice, including discovery, motion practice, negotiations, trial preparation and trials
- Conduct regular intake and assessment of potential clients, on matters including matrimonial, housing, benefits, family law, and criminal
- Track and collect statistical information for grant reports and compile and draft grant reports for funder(s)
- Participate in committees and working groups addressing the rights of survivors
- Collaborate with all other staff members from external FJC partnering agencies as well as internally with staff from MSP, including staff from MSP’s shelter, counseling, human trafficking, and development programs
- Maintain comprehensive and precise client files
- Attend trainings, webinars and conferences to keep abreast of current issues
- Represent MSP at coalitions, councils, events and task forces
- Participate in agency activities such as trainings, conferences and fundraisers
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
- Minimum of 2-5 years of experience practicing in family court
- J. D. Law Degree with admission to the NYS Bar
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs
- Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to interact with clients, management and program staff
- Non-profit domestic violence work experience important but not mandatory
MSP GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Support our philosophy and guiding principles
- Participate in agency-wide and community events, initiatives and committees to help strengthen our organizational goals
- Work collaboratively across departments
- Participate in on-going education and training opportunities
- Ability to collaborate with people and synthesize diverse sets of institutional perspectives
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations and be able to withhold confidential information
Must have valid driver’s license and appropriate vehicle insurance.
The salary is commensurate with experience. Employment includes a generous benefits package.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sampleand the names and contact information of three references via email to CLS@mspny.org. Please include the posting reference “AAFJC” in the subject line of the email.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and offers will be made on a rolling basis as position must be filled as soon as possible.
My Sisters’ Place believes that an effective, broad-based movement for social transformation must be rooted in anti-oppression principles as we work towards a more just and equitable society. People of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ Community are encouraged to apply.
MSP values you, your growth and your contributions. MSP policy prohibits discrimination due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and national origin in employment and delivery of services.