Hotline Phone Numbers

Domestic Violence Hotline:
800.621.HOPE (4673)

Crime Victims Hotline:
866.689.HELP (4357)

Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline:
212.227.3000

TDD phone number for all hotlines:
866.604.5350

Career Opportunities at Safe Horizon

Career Details
Position:Staff Attorney - DVLP
Category:DS
Type:EMP Employee
Term:TE
Reports To:Supervising Attorney- DVLP
Location:210 Joralemon Street
Description:
The Shelter Law Initiative Staff Attorney, using complete autonomy and independence, provides legal representation and advocacy to domestic violence victims residing in Safe Horizon’s domestic violence shelter in family law matters, public benefits issues, and housing law matters.

Responsibilities:• Conducts in depth interviews with victims of domestic violence, compiles history and investigates to corroborate charges.
• Conducts monthly on-site legal consultations at Safe Horizon’s domestic violence shelters.
• Works collaboratively with staff from domestic violence shelters
• Coordinates trainings on family law, public benefits, and housing law for staff at the shelters.
• Drafts all legal documents and makes all court appearances with DV victims.
• Prepares witnesses and client for court appearances
• Responsible for assisting clients with a holistic range of services, including advocacy on not-legal issues.
• Exercises complete decision making authority over each client’s case.
• Maintains clients’ case files and all internal data logs.
• Maintains monthly statistical reports documenting case representation, provision of legal advocacy and referrals.
• Conducts presentations and trainings to community based organizations and other service providers to promote the mission of the agency.
• 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.

Qualifications:• Must possess strong oral and written communications skills, demonstrated appropriate communications skills with client populations, colleagues and court staff.
• Persuasive and effective public speaker.
• Prior experience organizing and executing group trainings.
• 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 be willing to travel throughout New York City’s five boroughs.
• Spanish speaking preferred.


Qualifications:

• Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school
• Admitted to the New York State Bar
• 2 to 4 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.
• New graduates who have completed an approved fellowship may be considered.


All prospective job candidates must meet screening requirements, which includes a background check.

Education:Master's Degree
Salary:
Hours:Not Applicable
Days: N/A
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