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Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney

Bloomfield, NJ
Full Time
Practice Areas: Family Exp.: 3+ Years
Partners seeks an enthusiastic and caring Staff Attorney to help victims of domestic violence in Northern New Jersey escape abuse by assisting them in obtaining sexual assault protective orders, domestic violence restraining orders, financial support, and safe custody and visitation arrangements for their children. We serve clients in Essex, Union, Middlesex, Hudson and Passaic Counties.

Staff Attorney Responsibilities:
  • Provide direct legal representation to clients in domestic violence and related proceedings, including final restraining orders, custody, visitation and child support, in Middlesex County Family Court.
  • Provide advice and counsel to victims of domestic violence who represent themselves
  • Review cases to determine the level of services to be provided
  • Stay abreast of developments in the law of domestic violence and family law
  • Participate in court committees, professional organizations, and other activities, including DV Working Group meetings, to address systemic issues affecting the client population
  • Build and maintain relationships with our case referral sources, community organizations and the judiciary
  • Conduct presentations and participate in trainings to promote the mission of the organization; be available as needed to talk to funders and donors; some evening meetings necessary
  • Assist with grant development and reporting and with data collection
  • Keep client information current in database

  • Admission to practice law, and in good standing, in New Jersey
  • 3+ years of relevant experience, preferably in family law
  • Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Willingness to commute regularly to both the courthouses in our 5 county catchment area as well as our office in Bloomfield
  • Proficient in use of computer and software applications (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Ability to speak Spanish is strongly preferred.

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