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Survivors, Inc.: Staff Attorney

Are you someone who has a passion for social justice and feels –strongly- that injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere?

Would you like to work for a dynamic, feminist organization that provides services to those impacted by intimate violence?

Then a position at Survivors, Inc. might be just what you are looking for!

 

We are looking for compassionate yet assertive individuals to provide personalized, client centered and holistic civil legal counsel to protect victims’ rights to live peacefully in their own homes and communities.  The director of legal services must maintain the highest standard of ethical responsibility.  We are also seeking an attorney who must maintain the highest standard of ethical responsibility in offering unwavering legal services.   

Additionally, we are also seeking a dedicated, energetic paralegal to assist the staff attorney in handling cases involving those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by conducting client interviews and meetings, preparation and filing of legal documents and providing referrals.  Excellent interpersonal skills- including empathy for those in crisis- essential.  Salaries based on experience.  Exceptional benefits package.

Objective:  Provide legal information, consultation and representation to victims (survivors) of domestic violence, stalking and dating violence who are program participants of Survivors, Inc.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide civil representation to program participants in civil matters such as family law and economic justice work which will include Protection from Abuse orders, child custody, child support, divorce, spousal support.
    • Representation may include, but not be limited to, interviews, filings, court appearances, trials, and all necessary subsequent litigation such as contempt petitions and appeals.
  • Represent and advocate for petitioners in civil and criminal contempt cases.
  • Refer program participants to community-based services as needed.
  • Coordinate advocacy and crisis intervention services with Survivors, Inc. Client Services Specialists to meet the legal needs of the program participant.
  • Provide consultation to Survivors, Inc. Client Services Specialists and other Survivors, Inc. staff.
  • Assist in program evaluation planning and implementation for the Legal Center.
  • Provide support and training to law students as assigned.
  • Assist in the relations with Domestic Relations Service and the Department of Public Welfare – TANF program.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with advocates always working collaboratively to serve program participants.
  • Participate in activities on a local, state and national level, specifically, but not limited to committees/networks sponsored by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, AEquitas, OVW and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
  • Participate in training required by the PCADV Attorney Network.
  • Conduct ongoing systems advocacy in Adams county to improve the response to victims in all relevant systems including the community, law enforcement, courts, law profession, and social service organizations.
  • Litigate in precedent-setting cases at the trial level and on appeal, including developing litigation strategy, performing legal research, and drafting briefs.
  • Maintain appropriate files, records and reports according to legal standards and as required by funding sources and the CEO.
  • Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings and other related functions of Survivors, Inc.
  • Maintain continuing legal education (CLE) credits as required for licensure.
  • Other responsibilities as required to further the legal and justice issues of the person being served.
  • Adhere to all personnel policies as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.
  • Complete Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate training as per 23Pa CSA §6116 and 42 Pa CSA §5945.1 and the related practicum within 6 months of employment.

 

Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited law school and license to practice law in Pennsylvania.
  • At least one year of family law preferred.
  • Must be willing to schedule working hours to coincide with the priorities of the Center.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently handle multiple tasks.
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License Required.
  • Project a high level of comfort with diverse populations.
  • Bilingual skills preferred (Spanish – English)
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, use of personal vehicle and proof of appropriate auto insurance and registration required. 
  • Be able to pass a criminal and child abuse clearance check upon hire and thereafter annually or as requested.

To apply, send both cover letter AND resume to:

Survivors, Inc.

PO Box 3572

Gettysburg,  PA 17325

Incomplete applications will not be accepted, lack of cover letter counts as incomplete.  No calls please. EOE.