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Family Law Staff Attorney

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Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. | Boston, MA
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Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.


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Published 13 days ago

February 3, 2020
Competitive Salary

Casa Myrna is Greater Boston’s foremost provider of solutions to end domestic and dating violence. The agency operates three residential programs in Boston for survivors and children made homeless by domestic violence, a comprehensive range of advocacy and supportive services, and SafeLink, Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline. Casa Myrna believes that every relationship should be safe and healthy, and works to end domestic and dating violence through education, awareness and prevention.


The Legal Advocacy Program is currently looking to add a Family Law Staff Attorney to their team! The Legal Advocacy Program serves clients by representing them in domestic violence-related family law and abuse prevention matters in the courts of Greater Boston; representing survivors in filing affirmative applications for immigration relief; offering brief service and legal advocacy where representation is not provided; and managing a Legal HelpLine for telephone assistance and intake purposes.  The Legal Advocacy Program also works collaboratively to address the legal needs of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation at the EVA Center, a survivor-led program of Casa Myrna. The Staff Attorney will provide family law and abuse prevention legal services to the Legal Advocacy Program’s clients and reports to the Managing Attorney.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides legal consultations to Casa Myrna and EVA Center program participants, community clients, and Legal HelpLine callers in order to identify and analyze their legal issues.
  • Educates survivors about their options so they can make their own informed decisions, with the goal of minimizing the risk of outcomes that jeopardize safety and wellbeing.
  • Represents survivors in domestic violence-related civil legal matters in Probate and Family Courts and District Courts, thereby enhancing access to legal remedies for those affected by abuse.
  • Provides legal assistance in the form of “brief service” to Legal Advocacy Program clients for whom limited or full representation is not offered by assisting them with legal advice and the preparation of court documents.
  • Advocates for clients in collateral legal matters such as housing, benefits, and immigration.
  • Participates in weekly program and case assessment meetings.
  • Attends professional development trainings both within Casa Myrna and in the community.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by the Managing Attorney.


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Committed to Casa Myrna’s mission of ending domestic and dating violence, and promoting social justice and social change.
  • J.D. degree; admission to and good standing in a Massachusetts bar required.
  • Spoken fluency in a second language strongly preferred (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole); bi-cultural preferred.
  • 2+ years’ experience in providing family law services required; focus on representing survivors of abuse and/or exploitation preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize appropriate, non-judgmental communication techniques when responding to survivors that illustrates sensitivity to their experiences and needs. Prior experience interviewing and counseling survivors of trauma and abuse preferred.
  • Ability to work and advocate in a collaborative style with diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic groups, as well as diversity based on ability/disability, sexual orientation and religion.
  • Familiarity with local legal services providers, community agencies, and resources.
  • Computer literacy and strong data entry skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Models and maintains professional boundaries with callers, clients, and colleagues.
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding clients and program participants.


Casa Myrna offers generous benefits including:

  • Family friendly schedule, generous paid time off and holidays.
  • Health, dental , short term disability insurance and retirement savings plan.
  • Opportunities for professional development and training.

Benefits: Casa Myrna offers: family friendly schedule; generous paid time off and holidays; health, dental and short term disability insurance; flexible spending account; health reimbursement account; retirement savings plan with employer match; limited free parking, and opportunities for professional development and training

To apply: please submit cover letter including desired salary and resume to jobs@casamyrna.org with subject line: Family Law Staff Attorney. Please note that resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. This position is currently available and ready to be filled by the right candidate

Casa Myrna is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity and hiring people with diverse life experiences. Survivors, people who are bilingual/bicultural, persons of color, people with disabilities and LGBQ/T people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Casa Myrna is Greater Boston’s foremost provider of solutions to end domestic and dating violence. The agency operates three residential programs in Boston for survivors and children made homeless by domestic violence, a comprehensive…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Competitive Benefits

Competitive Benefits

How to Apply

To apply: please submit cover letter including desired salary and resume to jobs@casamyrna.org with subject line: Family Law Staff Attorney. Please note that resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. This position is currently available and ready to be filled by the right candidate

To apply: please submit cover letter including desired salary and resume to jobs@casamyrna.org with subject line: Family Law Staff Attorney. Please note that resumes without a…

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Boston, MA

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