Staff Attorney

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description:              Staff Attorney

Status:                               Full-Time/Exempt

Reports To:                       Director of Programs

Position Summary

The Staff Attorney will work directly alongside survivors of domestic and sexual violence by advising and representing survivors in civil proceedings and in other legal matters. The Attorney will also communicate with colleagues, judges, community legal partners, and other involved parties in the case. Primary areas of practice include legal representation for protective orders, divorce, custody, paternity, child support, lease termination, immigration, and small claims. The Staff Attorney will directly supervise the Legal Services program at The Julian Center.

This is a grant funded position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide legal counsel and guidance to survivors of domestic and sexual violence on all relevant legal matters such as protective orders, divorce, custody, paternity, child support, lease termination, immigration, and small claims.
  • Communicate regularly with clients keeping them updated on their case(s).
  • Review, research, interpret, and prepare both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues.
  • Draft, review and file legal documents such as agreements, complaints, petitions, waivers, motions, etc.
  • Prepare clients for state/federal court appearances, as needed.
  • Select and retain outside counsel, as required, to obtain legal opinion, support and information.
  • Represent clients in all stages of a case to include in-court proceedings, where necessary.
  • Prepare client testimony and evidence in preparation for hearings, etc.
  • Maintain professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest developments in family law and other related areas.
  • Ensure grant compliance, accurate data entry, and report preparation, as appropriate.
  • Build collaborative relationships with outside legal community partners.
  • Assist with the hiring and training of Legal Services team staff, as needed.
  • Provide weekly supervision and performance evaluation to the Legal Service Coordinator.
  • Liaison with Director of Programs, as needed, to discuss issues or collaborate on programming.
  • Participate in regular staff, department, and one-on-one meetings, in addition to miscellaneous other meetings related to legal matters.
  • Cultivate trustworthy relationships with clients.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills Needed

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Awareness and adherence to confidentiality and boundaries
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to relate effectively to both lawyers and non-lawyers.
  • Effective oral advocacy skills both in administrative hearings and court.
  • Attention to detail in record keeping, partner coordination and documentation.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Punctuality and dependability
  • Ability to prioritize projects and tasks
  • Ability to problem solve and make appropriate decisions in urgent situations

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus required study in a specialized field such as PhD or JD degree
  • Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • Admission to the bar in the state of Indiana
  • 1-3 years experience
  • Computer skills should include MS Office: Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook – with strong data entry skills
  • Desire and ability to work with clients using a strengths-based, empowerment approach
  • Understanding, experience, and sensitivity in working with those who have experienced trauma, homelessness, and the related psychosocial issues
  • Commitment to non-violent and cooperative work environment
  • Commitment to providing quality and equitable services to all clients regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, religion, age, or sexual orientation
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual, preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of domestic abuse and the dynamics of abusive relationships

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