Orthodox Jewish Community Matrimonial Project Assistant

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


The Orthodox Jewish Community Matrimonial Project Assistant empowers victims in the Orthodox Jewish community by providing them with comprehensive, compassionate, holistic culturally and religiously competent litigation support, as well as direct client assistance and case management. In collaboration with other project staff, the Project Assistant organizes, coordinates and conducts community outreach and advocacy.


·        Assists project attorneys handling cases for Orthodox Jewish victims of domestic violence in all aspects of family law/matrimonial litigation support, including drafting and editing legal documents, conducting client interviews, writing correspondence, gathering evidence, maintaining case tracking systems, and filing and serving papers

·        Performs direct client advocacy, including conducting client interviews, assisting attorneys with case preparation, and accompanying clients to appointments with various service providers and governmental agencies

·        Conducts intake interviews to screen and assess Orthodox Jewish potential clients for legal services and other needs and refers clients to appropriate internal and external service providers

·        Performs administrative tasks, including data compilation, word processing, and organizing office filing system

·        Represents Sanctuary for Families on task forces and other political and advocacy committees outside the agency

·        Collaborates with service providers and other advocates within and outside of the agency to secure best results for Orthodox Jewish clients

·        Assists project attorneys in organizing trainings on matrimonial law and serving Orthodox Jewish victims

·        Organizes and conducts outreach and education about domestic violence in Orthodox Jewish communities in the New York City metropolitan area

·        Provides case management and resource access for Orthodox Jewish clients

·        Performs any other department or agency-related duties as directed by supervisor


·        BA or paralegal training

o   Yiddish or Hebrew speaker a plus;

o   Family law or other paralegal experience preferred;

o   Comfortable conducting outreach in Orthodox Jewish communities

o   Excellent oral advocacy, communication, research and writing skills;

o   Excellent problem solving, facilitation and conflict resolution skills;

o   Excellent organizational abilities, initiative and attention to detail;

o   Self-motivated with an ability to prioritize and problem-solve;

·        Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner and as a part of a team;

o   Ability to develop collaborative relationships with legal and social services providers;

o   Demonstrated commitment and interest in providing services to the Orthodox Jewish community;

o   Proficient knowledge of computer software, including experience conducting legal research on Lexis and the internet. Working Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Access required.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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