The Dominican
Bar Association

Staff Attorney Position with Pace Women's Justice Center

December 22, 2015 4:46 PM | Anonymous member


The Pace Women’s Justice Center is an independently-funded legal services center within Pace University School of Law, under the 501(c)(3) nonprofit status of Pace University. Founded in 1991, it was the first academic legal center in the country devoted to training attorneys and others on domestic violence issues. The Center’s mission is to end abuse by providing innovative legal programs including direct legal representation for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse, training, community education and outreach, service coordination, and information and referrals. Today, with a staff of 24 and over 9,000 hours contributed annually by pro-bono attorneys, volunteers, and law students, the Center provides direct legal services to over 2,800 victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse and conducts over 100 training and outreach events each year.

PWJC is seeking a litigation staff attorney who is committed to the Center’s mission and work. This position is for 4 days a week (80% FTE) to provide civil legal representation for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse. The range of legal services provided for domestic violence victims runs the spectrum from legal information, referrals, advice, brief services, advocacy and negotiation, to full representation in litigated court matters. The substantive legal areas often include but are not limited to, protection orders, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, divorce and all the ancillary issues, benefits, unemployment, housing, consumer, and other legal matters. For victims of elder abuse, the legal matters may also include assistance with public benefits applications, long term care issues and other services that may be necessary. The attorney will also be expected to participate in training and outreach efforts to publicize the Center's services and reach new clients.

Position Responsibilities

· Intake and individual case work on both domestic violence and elder abuse cases

· Litigation in state courts (primarily Family and Supreme)

· Participation in community education, training and outreach

· Collaboration with Center staff attorneys on litigation matters and strategies

· Data collection

· Preparation of program reports, as necessary

· Travel is required throughout Westchester County


· Member in good standing of the New York State Bar

· Minimum 3 years of legal experience, including litigation, or its equivalent

· Experience with and/or knowledge of litigation issues associated with domestic violence cases and elder abuse cases

· Demonstrated commitment to public interest law

· Outstanding organizational, planning and time management skills

· Must have driver's license and own vehicle

· English/Spanish bilingual preferred

· Excellent interpersonal skills

· Outstanding communication and writing skills

· Proficient computer skills

Pace University offers a competitive total rewards package including tuition benefits for employees & their family; flexible work-life options; and generous time off.

Pace University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Employer, committed to ensuring a diverse learning and working environment.

Education requirements

Juris Doctor

How to apply

Please visit and select Staff Positions to view this opportunity by its job title “Staff Attorney, New Rochelle/Elder” or Posting Number 0601926.  Applicants will be notified if an interview is to be scheduled. No phone inquiries please.

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