JOB DESCRIPTION - Staff Attorney

Visalia, CA – Family Services is seeking an attorney to work in the Domestic Violence Legal Services Program. This position is funded through the Office of Violence against Women Legal Advocacy Grant. The attorney will provide legal assistance and representation to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault in related matters, including but not limited to protection order filings, family law matters (custody, child support, separation/divorce), housing or employment matters and immigration law matters.

Minimum Qualifications: Education: J.D. Degree Experience: 0-2 years of experience in family law practice; prior experience with domestic violence law or public interest setting is highly desirable.  Must complete 40 hours of domestic violence counselor training and 40 hours of rape crisis counselor training as per California State Standards (provided upon hire if not already completed).  Transportation: A valid California Driver License and availability of a vehicle for business use, and auto liability coverage as required by law. Additional Requirements:  Must receive clearance from the Department of Justice Criminal Record Offender Information Data Base and be a member of California Bar and licensed to practice law in the State of California. Excellent research and writing skills, outstanding oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, a high degree of flexibility, and an ability to work collaboratively with other staff required. Strong Spanish language skills (i.e. ability to speak, understand, read and write) is preferred, but not required.

Job Duties:

  1. Provide advice, consultation, and representation to survivors of violence in protection order cases, family law matters (custody, child support, and separation/divorce, etc.), housing or employment matters, and immigration law matters.
  2. Implement and supervise no-cost Legal Clinics at partner agencies throughout Tulare County.
  3. Supervise and manage two full-time Legal Advocates. Train and oversee paralegal/law students each semester who inform, advocate, and accompany petitioners seeking orders of protection in Family Court.
  4. Work to effect policy and systems changes that benefit domestic violence victims, including assistance with the coordination and implementation of proposed initiatives outlined in funding applications.
  5. Conduct advocacy, education and other outreach activities. Train law students, attorneys, community advocates, and others in family law and other related topics.
  6. Maintain statistics relating to client services for grant-reporting purposes.
  7. Communicate regularly and keep Program Manger fully informed about department activities and progress made toward project goals.
  8. Follow all agency policies and protocols.
  9. Perform all duties in a safe manner to prevent injury to self and others.
  10. Other duties as assigned.      

   Status: Full-time/exempt, w/benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, 403(B).

   Salary: $47,488.23 - $49,406.75/annual – negotiable DOE

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