Aug 22, 2019
Established in 1978, Safe Horizon is the largest non-profit victim services agency in the United States. We touch the lives of more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Safe Horizon partners with governmental and other community agencies and also advocates for policies on a local, state, and national level on behalf of those affected by violence and abuse.
We provide compassionate and expert support for people who have experienced domestic and intimate partner violence, child physical and sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, youth homelessness and other forms of violence, crime or abuse.
Learn more about our programs here à https://www.safehorizon.org/our-services/what-we-do/
Safe Horizon envisions a society free of violence and abuse. We will lead the way by empowering victims and survivors to find safety, support, connection and hope.
Safe Horizon is committed to upholding the following core values:
· We are passionate about providing the best service to victims and survivors of crime and abuse. Clients are at the center of our work and we recognize the trauma they have endured.
· We are thought leaders in our field who use proven and effective strategies when assisting clients.
· Throughout the organization, we wholeheartedly commit to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
· Our work strives to be empathetic and responsive to the needs of our clients and staff. We strongly advocate on behalf of our clients and staff.
· We work hard to advance racial equity, recognizing that racism is closely tied to other forms of inequality in society.
· We commit to creating and supporting a diverse community grounded in equity, inclusion, justice and empowerment for all.
· We know our work cannot be done alone and we actively seek out partnerships. Uniting with clients, colleagues and external partners is critical to accomplishing our shared goals and achieving our mission
Summary: The Senior Staff Attorney will be responsible for the training and regular supervision of four to five Staff Attorneys. The Senior Staff Attorney will, using autonomy and independence, carry a small caseload of family and matrimonial cases in New York City’s Family and Supreme Courts. The Senior Staff Attorney will represent victims in all stages of litigation. The Senior Staff Attorney will also conduct presentations and trainings to internal and external audiences including community-based organizations and other service-based providers on domestic violence and the law.
Responsibilities: (no more than 15 bullets, prioritize core functions of the position)
· For Program and Client-Facing Staff: Learn and integrate a trauma-informed, client-centered approach, using an anti-oppressive lens, into your work with clients.
· Provides training to and supervises the legal work of a Staff Attorneys in DVLP’s Brooklyn office. The Brooklyn staff attorneys represent victims in family and matrimonial cases throughout New York City.
· Attends court appearances with Staff Attorneys throughout New York City as necessary based on skill and experience of Staff Attorneys.
· Reviews legal documents and other materials produced by Staff Attorneys to ensure quality work product.
· Works independently to litigate small caseload of family and matrimonial matters in New York City’s Family and Supreme Courts.
· Conducts in depth interviews with victims of domestic violence, compiles history and investigates to corroborate allegations.
· Drafts all legal documents and attends all court appearances with victims of domestic violence receiving direct legal representation.
· Prepares witnesses and client for court appearances.
· Responsible for assisting clients with a holistic range of services, including advocacy on non-legal issues.
· Exercises complete decision-making authority over each client’s case.
· Provides legal information, advocacy and referrals to individual who reach out to the DVLP helpline.
· Maintains clients’ case files and all internal data logs. Responsible for their own clerical case-related work.
· Maintains monthly statistical reports documenting case representation, provision of legal advocacy and referrals.
· Provides statistical and narrative data to funder.
· Conducts presentations and trainings to community-based organizations and other service providers to promote the mission of the agency.
· Attends meetings to discuss policy issues affecting client population.
· Develops and maintains relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies within the domestic violence and legal community in New York City.
· Participates in the Lawyer’s Committee against Domestic Violence and other advocacy/policy groups.
· Serves as an internal resource to Safe Horizon staff, answering questions and making educational presentations.
· Contributes to the employment, supervision and oversight of support staff, volunteers and student interns.
· The Senior Staff Attorney has four to five staff attorneys as direct reports.
Prior litigation experience in family or matrimonial proceedings required. Advanced trial skills required. Familiarity with New York City Family Courts preferred. Must possess strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to convey legal concepts to lay people. The ability to write routine reports, court documents, case notes, pleadings and correspondence in a clear, concise and effective manner is essential. Must be creative and have critical thinking skills. Must be a persuasive and effective public speaker. Prior experience organizing and executing group trainings and information exchanges is preferred. Must possess demonstrated appropriate communications skills with client populations, colleagues and court staff. Problem-solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills are also essential. Must be familiar with legal services, resources and procedures available in New York City. Must possess a knowledge and understanding of economic issues facing domestic violence victims, including but not limited to housing, public benefits and child support. Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with various individuals, organizations and government agencies is essential. A strong commitment to working exclusively with victims of domestic violence is required.
Must have a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school, be admitted to the New York State Bar and have four to six years of related experience. Must have prior experience in and/or thorough knowledge of family law, crisis intervention, criminal justice system, working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, family violence, poverty law, feminist law and/ social justice work. Bilingual oral and written skills strongly preferred. Demonstrated commitment to social justice, community empowerment, and anti-racism strongly preferred
Safe Horizon court programs staff
External decision makers
Attorneys from other not for profit organizations, with related missions
Private and not for profit community-based service providers
District Attorney’s office
Family Justice Centers
Representatives from law schools
Representatives from the Bar Association
Safe Horizon is committed to providing a reasonable accommodation to ensure individuals with disabilities can meet any physical demand requirement(s) of the position, or otherwise perform the corresponding task(s), where possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, including to participate in the job application or interview process, please indicate this on your application questionnaire for next steps.
Safe Horizon is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and compliance with all Federal, State, and Local laws concerning employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Safe Horizon ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful immigrant status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff and clients.