Family Law Staff Attorney

 

SALARY
DOE, Full time

BENEFITS
Health (partial payment), dental, and vision
Generous Vacation and Holiday Allowances

LOCATION
Pasadena Site (West San Gabriel Valley)

SUMMARY

The Legal Advocacy Project at Peace Over Violence is seeking a family law staff attorney that has a demonstrated interest in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The ideal candidate will work well in a team environment with other attorney, paralegal and advocate staff, who employ a holistic approach to legal services: one which values client empowerment, trauma-informed care, and a coordinated response to client needs.  The ideal candidate must have a sincere interest in public interest law. The staff attorney will primarily focus on family law issues, but the practice will extend to public benefits, advocacy with law enforcement, training, and community engagement. 

The Staff Attorney will provide direct assistance to clients through one-on-one consultations, filing and management of clients' legal cases, legal clinics, litigation, and administrative hearings. Attorney is also be responsible in maintaining a Probono Panel. The Staff Attorney is also expected to provide outreach and education to community groups; and assist with the supervision, training and mentorship of legal staff.

DUTIES

  • Devise and implement policy to ensure efficient and successful management of legal services

  • Conduct initial screening, legal intakes, and assessment of clients’ legal needs

  • Oversee clients’ legal cases and the day-to-day delivery of legal services and ensure quality civil representation.

  • Maintain individual caseload

  • Represent clients in civil legal matters

  • Provide legal clinics to clients on selected topics

  • Provide assistance to clients in understanding the legal system and preparation for court

  • Assist clients, volunteer attorneys, and other legal services staff in drafting and filing court forms

  • Provide advocacy and follow up with law enforcement, housing, Cal works, schools, etc.

  • Help clients with safety planning, resources and referrals when appropriate

  • Comply with all confidentiality requirements 

Legal Intern Supervision: 

  • Recruit and train law students and interns

  • Provide for one-on-one mentoring and supervision to legal interns

  • Provide practicum training experience to legal interns

Training:

  • Provide training for attorneys and law students regarding violence against women issues

  • Provide speaking engagements, trainings, and information tables as requested on sexual assault, domestic violence, legal issues and/or POV services

  • Assist in conducting training for volunteers on various legal issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence

  • Represent Peace Over Violence to the public and media, when necessary.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate time sheets and agency paperwork

  • Provide statistical analysis and narrative regarding Legal Services activities for agency reports

  • Assist in grant reporting

  • Writing curriculum, educational brochures, and other documents required by project grants

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Member of the California State Bar, with a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in practice

  • Maintain California Attorney License and comply with MCLE requirements

  • Familiarity with legal issues affecting sexual and domestic violence survivors

  • Familiarity with domestic and sexual violence related to family law issues

  • Demonstrated knowledge of crisis intervention, domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, stalking, elder abuse intervention; experience in crisis counseling

  • Completed or intend to complete Peace Over Violence’s 65-hour counselor/advocate training or its equivalent

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with court personnel, members of the legal community and social service agencies

  • Ability to work with clients, volunteers and staff in a non-judgmental manner

  • Demonstrate initiative and professionalism; ability to work independently & maintain work load

  • Strong & effective oral & written communication skills; public speaking, facilitating group discussions

  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people; comfortable with West San Gabriel Valley & LA communities

  • Capacity to balance and provide self-care while meeting the demands of a crisis center

  • Flexible Schedule to fit varying shifts; capacity to work some weekends and/or evenings

  • Some travel may be required

  • Automobile needed with a valid driver’s license and insurance

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus

 

Peace Over Violence encourages applicants from a diverse pool of candidates including candidates of color, candidates with disabilities, candidates who identify with the LGBTQ community and others.

Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to Payal Sinha, Legal Advocacy Program Manager:
Peace Over Violence
Attn: Payal Sinha
Peace Over Violence, 892 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite D Pasadena, CA 91103

Email: payal@peaceoverviolence.org

No phone calls, please

Peace Over Violence is a equal employment opportunity employer.