Attorney, Domestic Violence Legal Services

Job Overview

Our Domestic Violence program is seeking an Attorney to provide legal representation, advice, advocacy and education to victims of domestic violence seeking services at our DV resource center located in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles. Must have a current license to practice law in California and experience and knowledge of family law, domestic violence, and immigration law. 

Key Responsibilities

Program Implementation: 

  • Responsible for properly opening all legal files in accordance with contract requirements.
  • Maintain written records and reports documenting client services and submit timely monthly billing reports.
  • Utilize data collection forms, materials, and reports mandated under contract.
  • Properly close all files with appropriate referrals in accordance with applicable statues, codes, and local rules.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with DPSS statement of work and program requirements for legal services.
  • Participate in ongoing training to improve the program or services.

Legal Services:

  • Responsible for providing a professional standard of legal services and fully utilize the contract.
  • Conduct intake and determine eligibility for legal services under DPSS contract.
  • Render legal advice in the areas of Family Law, Domestic Violence/Injunctions, Citizenship/Immigration Law, Accessing Government Benefits and other legal assistance.
  • Provide appropriate legal referrals as assessed and as needed.
  • Handle all aspects of legal matters in Family Law cases, including preparing pleadings, negotiations, correspondence, mediation, and court representation. 
  • Attend alternative dispute resolution or mediations set by the parties or the court.
  • Prepare U-Visas and VAWA petitions for qualified participants.
  • Advocate for clients with the Department of Children and Family Services cases.
  • Implement law-related educational programs and workshops for participants.
  • Develop additional workshops on poverty and family law topics for participants. 

Customer Service:

  • Provide high quality, trauma informed services with people who have survived DV.
  • Develop and document culturally competent services that are sensitive to the target population.
  • Provide integrated domestic violence legal services within a spectrum of behavioral health services. Collaborate with co-workers to meet program goals.
  • Represent the Legal Services program at relevant County and local community meetings, trainings, conferences, and community outreach events.
  • Maintain a network of legal services resources and collaborative partners.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Juris Doctorate, with current license to practice law in the State of California
  • Minimum of two years' experience practicing family law 
  • Must have prior legal experience
  • Prior experience working with domestic violence victims is strongly preferred
  • Must have well-developed communication skills-written and oral advocacy with ability to communicate effectively with clients, staff, community organizations, government agencies, attorneys, and the public 
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as collaboratively in a team setting and under pressure 
  • Dependable automobile with insurance, registration, and valid California drivers license 
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Knowledge and respect of all confidentiality issues 
Compensation: TBD
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Status: Full Time
Benefits: plus we offer a generous benefits package with free medical and dental options!
City: Los Angeles
Hours/wk: 40

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