Dec 11, 2018

Staff Attorney - Domestic Violence Law Project, Queens Family Court

  • Safe Horizon
Full-Time Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

Our Vision:

Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence. We will lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence. 

Our Mission:

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. 


This Staff Attorney will sit in Safe Horizon offices located in the Queens Family Court. The Staff Attorney, using autonomy and independence, provides legal representation to domestic violence victims in matrimonial, family offense, custody, visitation and child support cases in Queens County.  The Staff Attorney represents victims in all stages of litigation. The Staff Attorney also conducts presentations and trainings to internal and external audiences including community-based organizations and other service based providers on domestic violence and the law.


Essential Job Functions:

·         Works independently to litigate family and matrimonial cases in Queens Family Court, Queens Supreme Court, and Queens Integrated Domestic Violence Court

·         Conducts regular legal clinics at Safe Horizon’s Queens Family Court and Community Programs

·         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. 

·         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. 


Supervisory Reports:       

The Staff Attorney does not have any direct reports.           


Interacts with:    



Safe Horizon court programs staff

External decision makers



Court Staff

Private Attorneys

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

Mayor’s office

Representatives from law schools

Representatives from the Bar Association




Security Clearance

Requires Security Clearance

Job Requirements



Must have a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school, be admitted to the New York State Bar and have two to four years of related experience.  New graduates who have completed an approved fellowship or judicial clerkship may be considered. 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



 If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me.  I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employmentAmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply 


Safe Horizon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins and disabilities, as well citizen, marital, protected veteran and HIV statuses.

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