Position Overview Sanctuary for Families seeks an attorney to provide legal representation to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence in family law matters in the Bronx. The areas of focus are primarily family offense, custody/visitation, child/spousal support, and divorce. Other responsibilities include conducting community outreach and education in the Bronx, screening walk-in clients at the Bronx Family Justice Center, and collaborating with other agencies to advocate for systemic change. The attorney will work out of the Bronx Family Justice Center office, co-located in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. The attorney will report to the Deputy Director of the Family Law Project at the Bronx Family Justice Center and the Director of the Family Law Project at the Bronx and Manhattan Family Justice Centers.
Provides direct representation and advocacy to clients in family law litigation, including family offense, custody and visitation, and child and spousal support;
Maintains a caseload of approximately 20 - 30 active clients per month and approximately 40 – 60 active cases;
Conducts outreach to underserved communities;
Trains law students, pro bono attorneys, social service providers, health care professionals, and community-based organizations on domestic violence and the legal needs of victims;
Represents Sanctuary for Families on task forces and other political and advocacy committees outside the agency;
Recruits, supervises, and/or provides co-counsel to pro bono attorneys on all aspects of litigation in family law matters;
Supervises and mentors multiple volunteers and interns on all aspects of client contact, litigation support, case management, and/or project development;
Facilitates clients’ access to intra-agency and outside resources, and administers provision of direct financial assistance and donations to clients;
Attends and participates in interagency conferences and legal/ bar association committee meetings to keep abreast of developments in the areas of pro bono, domestic violence, and legal remedies for victims of domestic violence;
Performs any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.
Admission to the NY Bar;
At least one year of relevant experience preferred, but not required;
Bilingual Spanish speaker is preferred, but not required;
Strong lawyering, advocacy, and leadership skills;
Enjoy working collaboratively and be comfortable speaking in public;
Highly motivated to provide zealous, knowledgeable, culturally competent, and empathic legal advocacy to domestic violence victims.