Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Law Unit

New York, NY
Practice Areas: Family, Matrimonial, Litigation Job #: 1263 Exp.: 2+ Years
NYLAG seeks a highly motivated attorney within NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Law Unit to provide representation, advice and counsel, and advocacy services to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. The temporary staff attorney will provide representation and comprehensive legal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence on family and matrimonial cases (including orders of protection, contested and uncontested divorces, custody, visitation, child and spousal support, matters related to special immigrant juvenile status and some abuse/neglect proceedings), and domestic and gender-based violence based immigration matters (including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, U-visas, T Visas, SIJS petitions, and applications to adjust status). The staff attorney will represent clients before multiple venues including Supreme, Family, and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, as well as USCIS. They may also assist and provide advice and representation in compensation claims based on their victimization, and appellate family and immigration law cases.

  • Conduct intake screenings and advise clients on matters of: family law, matrimonial law, domestic violence related immigration matters, appeals, and compensation claims;
  • Provide representation and consultation in contested and uncontested family and matrimonial law matters;
  • Provide representation and consultation in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, U-Visas, T-Visas, battered spouse waivers, adjustments of status, consular processing, and employment authorization requests;
  • Mentor and work with legal interns, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys;
  • Participate in off-site clinics and on-site legal screenings;
  • Engage and conduct outreach with communities who face barriers to accessing services
  • Attend internal staff meetings and meetings with partner agencies and funders as needed;
  • Participate in external coalitions and task forces addressing DV issues;
  • Conduct educational seminars, trainings, and outreach to lawyers, social workers, advocates, law students, and the general community on domestic violence related issues;
  • Administrative duties including updating NYLAG case management systems and maintaining and updating files and case notes; as well as assisting in grant reporting as needed.

  • Admission New York State Bar required;
  • 2 or more years of contested family and/or matrimonial law and litigation experience required;
  • 2 or more years of experience working with victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence required;
  • Significant experience working with under-resourced communities strongly preferred;
  • Second language in one of the following languages: Spanish, Russian, Chinese, or Haitian Creole strongly preferred;
  • 2 or years of experience with domestic violence based immigration claims preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.

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