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Senior Attorney

Posted: January 8, 2018

The PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is currently seeking a Senior Attorney. Are you an inspired and inspiring leader with a passion for social justice and improving systems’ responses to victims of domestic violence? Are you someone who is invested in our vision that domestic violence can and must come to an end for the next generation? If so, please consider this opportunity to join PCADV’s program services department as a Senior Attorney, responsible for providing leadership and a strategic vision for our Civil Legal Representation initiative that focuses on legal and policy issues that improve safety for victims and their children. PCADV attorneys do not represent clients, but support a network of practitioners through training and technical assistance.

We seek a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school with an active Pennsylvania law license and a minimum of five years of experience in the practice of law including representation of victims of domestic violence and other crimes in protection from abuse actions and family law. If you are by nature collaborative and invested in empowering others, can articulate your commitment to diversity and the mission of PCADV, please apply. This is a full time position based at PCADV’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania office.


Training and Technical Assistance Specialist

Posted: February 2, 2018

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) seeks a highly collaborative, service-oriented individual to join its Program Services Department as a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist. This person will work with our network of community programs and allied stakeholders; seek out best practices for working with victims; respond to requests for assistance from the field, and develop and deliver training programs and materials.

A Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of recent relevant experience or five years recent relevant experience is required. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience working with children who are victims of abuse or who have been impacted by domestic violence. Additional experience with child protective services, economic justice, and/or persons with disabilities is very desirable.

Qualified candidates should forward resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:

Mail:
Human Resources
PCADV
3605 Vartan Way
Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Fax:
(717) 671-8149
Attention: Human Resources

Email:
Documents formatted in MS Word, pdf, or Rich Text Format may be emailed to: hr@pcadv.org

PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers very competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. We are fully committed to a culturally diverse staff to better serve domestic violence victims and program staff, many of whom experience racial, gender, economic and other/multiple oppressions. We seek people from diverse backgrounds with a commitment to PCADV’s mission to end domestic violence, to social justice and to working for social change.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

To inquire about existing PCADV volunteer and internship opportunities, please call our Human Resources department, 717-545-6400, 154, hr@pcadv.org.

To inquire about volunteer and internship opportunities at your local domestic violence Program, click here to see a listing of Programs with their contact information.

Employment Postings from our Allies

The National Network to End Domestic Violence posts employment opportunities with other domestic violence organizations across the country.

Women's Center of Beaver County - Adult Therapist

Posted: January 24, 2018

The Women’s Center is currently seeking qualified candidates to apply for an Adult Therapist opening. This is a full time position. Training and team supervision is provided. Excellent opportunity to work with domestic and sexual violence survivors in a social services advocacy environment.

EDUCATION: A Master's degree in psychology, social work, counseling or other related field. Licensed Social Worker/Counselor preferred. Credentialed to bill insurance preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence trauma preferred.

Experience with clinical supervision preferred.

Experience with counseling, facilitation of groups and crisis intervention.

GENERAL DUTIES: Responsible for providing crisis intervention and individual psychotherapy to community residents, shelter residents, scheduled appointments and “drop ins”.

Develop and facilitate psycho educational and support groups.

Participate in 24 hr on-call response rotation.

Requires flexible working hours including evenings to meet clients needs.

Act 33/34/FBI Clearance required
Salary Range: $40,000
Paid vacation, sick and personal time.
11 Paid Holidays
Medical, Dental and Vision plans with low employee contribution rate.
Retirement Plan
Paid Mileage for off-site work

Submit letter of interest and resume by fax 724-775-2750 or email to annex@womenscenterbc.org.

The Women’s Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association - Attorney Fellowship Opportunity

Posted: January 29, 2018

Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) is currently seeking applicants for a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works through AmeriCorps. The successful candidate’s work will focus on addressing the legal needs of veterans and military families. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information on the position and application process, please see below:

ATTORNEY FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Organization: Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Fellowship: Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps
Based: NLSA in Pittsburgh, PA

About Neighborhood Legal Services Association

The mission of Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) is to meet the civil legal needs of the poor and vulnerable individuals in our community through effective legal representation and education. NLSA provides an essential service that protects the safety and restores and preserves the dignity of individuals who have nowhere to turn for help.

The Constitution guarantees a right to legal counsel for those charged with a crime. What happens when a citizen faces a civil legal crisis and is lacking funds? What right-to-counsel guarantees does the government provide him or her? The answer is simple: none.

NLSA works to ensure equal justice for everyone. Our support takes many forms. We educate; we give advice; and, if necessary, we provide representation in court. Our clients have reached a point of desperation because at least one of their basic needs of life – safety, shelter, health, food, warmth – is at risk.

NLSA operates a Veterans Justice Project which offers free civil legal services for income-eligible veterans, service members and military families. The goals of NLSA’s Veterans Justice Project are to: 1) Keep veterans in their homes; 2) keep military families together; 3) protect and secure income for veterans, and 4) resolve debt issues. In addition, NLSA coordinates referrals to various pro bono projects which serve veterans.

Position Summary:
NLSA is hosting a one-year fellowship opportunity to provide essential legal services to our nation’s veterans, active military service members, and their families. The selected candidate will be a part of a corps of legal fellows serving in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Program and will encounter hands-on experience providing direct legal representation to the veteran community in a high-volume, general law practice, while also participating in the Equal Justice Works advocacy training program. The Fellow’s role combines elements of direct legal representation and community outreach and advocacy.

The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at Neighborhood Legal Services Association’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Office. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the selected Fellow’s term of service must begin prior to March 30, 2018 and last for one year.

Fellowship Description:
The Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) Fellow will:
Provide high quality direct legal representation to financially eligible veterans and their families. This will involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, and research.

Provide legal services to address the unique needs and challenges faced by veterans, active duty service members, and their families, including issues pertaining to landlord tenant matters, home foreclosures, problems with health and disability benefits, family law matters, consumer and medical debt, drivers’ license reinstatement, and expungement/sealing of criminal records issues.

Liaise with community partner agencies, including case management staff at the VA hospitals, VA clinics, and Veterans’ Service Organizations in the Pittsburgh area to create protocols and facilitate referrals.

Create/coordinate referrals of veterans to program partners.

Conduct community outreach and advocacy activities to identify and address outstanding needs within Pittsburgh’s veterans’ community. Some activities may include:
Developing materials to inform multiple audiences of NLSA’s legal services;

Deliver “Legal Literacy” presentations at Veteran outreach events on legal topics of broad appeal, and develop educational materials to be shared with NLSA staff;

Collaborate with AmeriCorps JD members and law student externs on various projects.

Qualifications
The ideal Fellow will possess a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a strong desire to assist indigent clients. Further, the ideal candidate will have the following:

Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;

Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member;

Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments;

Knowledge of veterans’ benefits law and/or experience with veterans and military families; Military service or related-military background, including status as a military dependent are encouraged to apply;

Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred;


Required Qualifications

Ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only convictions for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable pursuant to Equal Justice Works review and approval);

Admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Pennsylvania;

Ability to begin the fellowship no later than March 30, 2018.

Compensation Package
The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses. Additionally, Fellows receive an education award, health insurance, and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact NLSA with any follow up questions.

Other Benefits Provided by NLSA:

Health and dental insurance provided
Position related travel reimbursement and bar dues provided
NLSA-sponsored professional development and training assistance

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities offered by AmeriCorps:
Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service
Opportunity to attend national trainings focused on leadership, networking, and project development sponsored by Equal Justice Works
Childcare assistance (if income-eligible)

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references with mailing and/or email addresses and telephone numbers, law school transcript and legal writing sample as soon as possible to:

Phyllis J. Stevens
Assistant Director
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
928 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
ejw@nlsa.us

NLSA is an equal opportunity employer. NLSA considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability/handicap, ancestry, national origin, age or sex.

Survivors Inc, - Director of Legal Services, Staff Attorney, Paralegal

Posted: February 2, 2108

Are you someone who has a passion for social justice and feels –strongly- that injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere?
Would you like to work for a dynamic, feminist organization that provides services to those impacted by intimate violence?
Then a position at Survivors, Inc. might be just what you are looking for!

We are looking for compassionate yet assertive individuals to provide personalized, client centered and holistic civil legal counsel to protect victims’ rights to live peacefully in their own homes and communities. The director of legal services must maintain the highest standard of ethical responsibility. We are also seeking an attorney who must maintain the highest standard of ethical responsibility in offering unwavering legal services. Additionally, we are also seeking a dedicated, energetic paralegal to assist the staff attorney in handling cases involving those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by conducting client interviews and meetings, preparation and filing of legal documents and providing referrals. Excellent interpersonal skills- including empathy for those in crisis- essential. Salaries based on experience. Exceptional benefits package.

To apply, send both cover letter AND resume to:
Survivors, Inc.
PO Box 3572
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Incomplete applications will not be accepted, lack of cover letter counts as incomplete. No calls please. EOE.

Full Time Position Available: Director of Legal Services

Objective: Provide leadership and advance the mission and goals of Survivors, Inc. through the supervision and oversight of the legal staff. Provide legal information, consultation and representation to victims (survivors) of domestic violence, stalking and dating violence who are program participants of the Survivors, Inc.

Responsibilities:

• Implement policies and practices to assure quality of services offered by Survivors, Inc.
• Oversee the enforcement of appropriate standards.
• Implement quality assurance measures for services and mechanisms for the collection of client feedback.
• Provides supervision to the Paralegal and Staff Attorney, and oversight to the Legal Advocate.
• Provide civil representation to program participants in civil matters such as family law and economic justice work which will include Protection from Abuse orders, child custody, child support, divorce, spousal support.
• Representation may include, but not be limited to, interviews, filings, court appearances, trials, and all necessary subsequent litigation such as contempt petitions and appeals.
• Represent and advocate for petitioners in civil and criminal contempt cases.
• Refer program participants to community-based services as needed.
• Coordinate advocacy and crisis intervention services with Survivors, Inc. Client Services Specialists to meet the legal needs of the program participant.
• Provide consultation to Survivors, Inc. Client Services Specialists and other Survivors, Inc. staff.
• Assist in program evaluation planning and implementation for the Legal Center.
• Provide support and training to law students as assigned.
• Assist in the relations with Domestic Relations Service and the Department of Public Welfare – TANF program.
• Build and maintain strong working relationships with advocates always working collaboratively to serve program participants.
• Participate in activities on a local, state and national level, specifically, but not limited to committees/networks sponsored by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, AEquitas, OVW and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
• Participate in training required by the PCADV Attorney Network.
• Conduct ongoing systems advocacy in Adams county to improve the response to victims in all relevant systems including the community, law enforcement, courts, law profession, and social service organizations.
• Litigate in precedent-setting cases at the trial level and on appeal, including developing litigation strategy, performing legal research, and drafting briefs.
• Maintain appropriate files, records and reports according to legal standards and as required by funding sources and the CEO.
• Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings and other related functions of Survivors, Inc.
• Maintain continuing legal education (CLE) credits as required for licensure.
• Other responsibilities as required to further the legal and justice issues of the person being served.
• Adhere to all personnel policies as approved by the Board of Directors.
• Complete all other duties as assigned.
• Complete Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate training as per 23Pa CSA §6116 and 42 Pa CSA §5945.1 and the related practicum within 6 months of employment.

Qualifications:
• Law degree from an accredited law school and license to practice law in Pennsylvania.
• At least one year of family law preferred.
• Must be willing to schedule working hours to coincide with the priorities of the Center.
• Ability to work independently and efficiently handle multiple tasks.
• Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License Required.
• Project a high level of comfort with diverse populations.
• Bilingual skills preferred (Spanish – English)
• Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, use of personal vehicle and proof of appropriate auto insurance and registration required.
• Be able to pass a criminal and child abuse clearance check upon hire and thereafter annually or as requested.

Full Time Position Available: Staff Attorney

Objective: Provide legal information, consultation and representation to victims (survivors) of domestic violence, stalking and dating violence who are program participants of Survivors, Inc.

Responsibilities:

• Provide civil representation to program participants in civil matters such as family law and economic justice work which will include Protection from Abuse orders, child custody, child support, divorce, spousal support.
• Representation may include, but not be limited to, interviews, filings, court appearances, trials, and all necessary subsequent litigation such as contempt petitions and appeals.
• Represent and advocate for petitioners in civil and criminal contempt cases.
• Refer program participants to community-based services as needed.
• Coordinate advocacy and crisis intervention services with Survivors, Inc. Client Services Specialists to meet the legal needs of the program participant.
• Provide consultation to Survivors, Inc. Client Services Specialists and other Survivors, Inc. staff.
• Assist in program evaluation planning and implementation for the Legal Center.
• Provide support and training to law students as assigned.
• Assist in the relations with Domestic Relations Service and the Department of Public Welfare – TANF program.
• Build and maintain strong working relationships with advocates always working collaboratively to serve program participants.
• Participate in activities on a local, state and national level, specifically, but not limited to committees/networks sponsored by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, AEquitas, OVW and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
• Participate in training required by the PCADV Attorney Network.
• Conduct ongoing systems advocacy in Adams county to improve the response to victims in all relevant systems including the community, law enforcement, courts, law profession, and social service organizations.
• Litigate in precedent-setting cases at the trial level and on appeal, including developing litigation strategy, performing legal research, and drafting briefs.
• Maintain appropriate files, records and reports according to legal standards and as required by funding sources and the CEO.
• Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings and other related functions of Survivors, Inc.
• Maintain continuing legal education (CLE) credits as required for licensure.
• Other responsibilities as required to further the legal and justice issues of the person being served.
• Adhere to all personnel policies as approved by the Board of Directors.
• Complete all other duties as assigned.
• Complete Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate training as per 23Pa CSA §6116 and 42 Pa CSA §5945.1 and the related practicum within 6 months of employment.

Qualifications:
• Law degree from an accredited law school and license to practice law in Pennsylvania.
• At least one year of family law preferred.
• Must be willing to schedule working hours to coincide with the priorities of the Center.
• Ability to work independently and efficiently handle multiple tasks.
• Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License Required.
• Project a high level of comfort with diverse populations.
• Bilingual skills preferred (Spanish – English)
• Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, use of personal vehicle and proof of appropriate auto insurance and registration required.
• Be able to pass a criminal and child abuse clearance check upon hire and thereafter annually or as requested.


Full Time Position Available: Paralegal

Objective: Assist attorneys in all aspects of legal case preparation and file management including legal research, drafting routine documents and collection of information relevant to cases.

Responsibilities:
• Research and analyze law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions and legal codes to prepare legal documents such as briefs, pleadings, appeals, etc. for use by attorney.
• Identify relevant judicial decisions, statutes, legal articles, codes and other pertinent material
• Cross-check and validate information
• Check and edit legal forms and documents for accuracy
• Build and maintain databases and files
• Organize and track case files
• Review and monitor new and updated laws and regulations
• Maintain law library
• Co-ordinate law office activities such as subpoena delivery
• Draft routine legal documents for review and use by attorneys.
• Compile and prepare draft discovery responses.
• Prepare record summaries.
• Prepare exhibits and other demonstrative evidence for use at trial.
• Categorize and interpret data; review and analyze reports, responses and records produced by opposing counsel.
• Conduct investigations as needed and directed.
• Coordinate requests between multiple parties involved in litigation by way of consistent communication with client, claims and full partnership with attorney through end of case.
• Participate in special administrative and legal research projects as requested.
• Assist in program evaluation planning and implementation for the Legal Center.
• Participate in training required by the PCADV Attorney Network.
• Conduct ongoing systems advocacy in Adams County to improve the response to victims in all relevant systems including the community, law enforcement, courts, law profession, and social service organizations.
• Maintain appropriate files, records and reports according to legal standards and as required by funding sources and the CEO.
• Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings and other related functions of Survivors, Inc.
• Maintain continuing legal education (CLE) credits as required for licensure.
• Other responsibilities as required to further the legal and justice issues of the person being served.
• Adhere to all personnel policies as approved by the Board of Directors.
• Complete all other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
• Complete Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate training as per 23Pa CSA §6116 and 42 Pa CSA §5945.1 and the related practicum within 6 months of employment.

Qualifications:
• Associates Degree or equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience required, Bachelor’s preferred.
• Paralegal Certificate from an ABA-certified program preferred.
• One year of family law experience preferred.
• Knowledge of law office procedures and local court/jurisdiction rules and procedures
• Resourceful research and analytical skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Westlaw and Lexus Nexus online research.
• Ability to work independently and efficiently handle multiple tasks.
• Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License Required.
• Project a high level of comfort with diverse populations.
• Bilingual skills preferred (Spanish – English)
• Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, use of personal vehicle and proof of appropriate auto insurance and registration required.
• Be able to pass a criminal and child abuse clearance check upon hire and thereafter annually or as requested.

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