Full Time Staff Attorney

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Family Services Incorporated

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Job Title: Staff Attorney Full-Time Position: 40 hours/week

Primary Function:

Provide legal information, consultation and representation to victims of domestic violence who are program participants of Family Services Incorporated’s Victim Services Program through the Civil Legal Representation Program.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Provide representation to program participants in civil matters such as family law and economic justice work which will include custody, spousal and child support, divorce, Protection from Abuse Orders, housing, public benefits, and immigration. Representation may include, but not be limited to, interviews, filings, court appearances, trials, and all necessary subsequent litigation such as contempt petitions and appeals.

2. Responsible for identifying gaps in the judicial system or changes needed to protect victims’ rights. Conduct ongoing systems advocacy in Blair County to improve the response to victims in all relevant systems including the community, law enforcement, courts, law profession, and social service organizations.

3. Coordinate advocacy and intervention services with Victim Services Program staff to assure a multi-faceted approach to addressing domestic abuse in Blair County and ensure a holistic response to the complex needs of the program participant.

4. Seek out opportunities to increase sustainability of CLR program with the goal of building a network of dedicated pro bono attorneys in Blair County.

Qualifications:

Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and be licensed and eligible to practice law in Pennsylvania. Must be familiar with a variety of civil/legal concepts, practices, and procedures. Required to obtain mandatory 40 hours of domestic violence training, which will be provided by Family Services. Required to maintain Pennsylvania licensure by completion of required CLE training credits. Must be able to pass a criminal and child abuse clearance upon hire and thereafter annually or as requested. Ability to work independently and efficiently handle multiple tasks. Must be willing to schedule working hours to coincide with the priorities of the law office and project a high level of comfort working with diverse populations. Travel is necessary and access to reliable transportation is essential, including for training and development which may necessitate being out of the area for a short period of time and overnight.

The successful candidate for this position cannot maintain a private legal practice, but may accept cases other than domestic violence center cases only to satisfy any state or local bar association pro bono requirements.

Starting wage of $22 per hour. Benefits include health insurance, 401K/Life; vacation; sick leave and holidays.

Submit cover letter, resume and/or CV, writing samples to:

Ashley Gay Vocco, Director of Victim Services

Family Services Incorporated

2022 Broad Avenue

Altoona, PA 16601 agayvocco@familyservicesinc.net

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