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BI-LINGUAL (Spanish Speaking) STAFF ATTORNEY, Domestic Violence Project Urban Justice Center (Queens Office)

December 24, 2015 8:09 AM | Anonymous member


The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of NYC’s most vulnerable citizens. The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire an attorney to work with and on behalf of victims of domestic violence. DVP’s mission is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers and advocates provide legal representation in NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

DVP seeks an attorney to work within a legal-psychosocial framework with survivors of domestic violence to provide legal representation in family law matters concerning orders of protection, custody, visitation and child/spousal support. Special Consideration made for those candidates with Immigration and/or Matrimonial Experience. Other responsibilities include, outreach and education events throughout Queens; financial empowerment screening and clinics; legal clinics; advocacy with intersecting systems.

Direct representation and advocacy to victims of domestic violence seeking legal relief in Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts.
Maintain a caseload of approximately 50 active clients per month and approximately 50-70 active cases.
Conduct Outreach and Community Education events n Queens with a minimum of two per month.
Conduct Financial Empowerment and Legal Clinics in Queens with a minimum of three per month.
Assist clients’ understanding full range of criminal, civil and available community based services and make meaningful referrals.
Represent the Domestic Violence Project at intra agency and city wide meetings.
Maintain accurate and timely case files and documentation thereof of all contact and services.
Collect and maintain data collection required for monthly, quarterly and yearly statistics.
Participate in regular team meetings, professional development trainings, and workshops.
Once trained, assists in training staff internally as well as within the community.
Supervise legal interns and volunteers as requested.
Perform any other DVP duties or projects as directed by supervisor.

JD degree.
Admission to NYS Bar.
Fluent in Spanish.
Knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and trauma.
Proficiency working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.
Comfortable with public speaking and highly motivated to cultivate new linkages.
Strong organizational and administrative skills.
Aptitude for intense and thorough negotiation and advocacy.
Ability to work evenings if necessary.
Ability to respond sensitively to clients’ urgent needs.
Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and the ability to apply these skills in diverse situations.
Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work as a team member.
Demonstrated ability to work independently.
Must be able to travel between boroughs.
Interest and proclivity in working within a multi-disciplinary framework.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Generous vacation, medical and dental benefits are provided. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references via email to Please write “STAFF ATTORNEY” in the subject heading. We regret that due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will only contact those candidates selected for consideration. Please do not contact us via telephone or fax. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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