Are you an inspired and inspiring leader with a passion for social justice and improving systems’ responses to victims of domestic violence? PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is currently seeking a Staff Attorney for the legal helpline. This individual will develop effective strategies for supporting victims of domestic violence, stalking and dating violence in order to create statewide access to civil legal information, assistance, and referral. This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), non-exempt position.
As a member of the PCADV Program Services Department the Staff Attorney (“Attorney”) is responsible for implementing and supporting the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) initiatives. The Attorney will work with PCADV’s Program Services team to implement and deliver components of a recently awarded VOCA-funded project. The Attorney will draw upon their experience in the practice of law and knowledge of effective strategies for supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking and dating violence in order to create statewide access to civil legal information, assistance, and referral.
The Attorney will be responsible for the service delivery of both a statewide, toll-free and email-accessible Civil Legal Helpline, as well as pro-bono, no-fault, divorce clinics across the Commonwealth.
The Attorney will also be called upon to participate in partnerships between our Domestic Violence Attorneys’ Network, other VOCA-funded civil legal attorneys in Pennsylvania, legal aid providers, local courts, and court personnel, Bar Associations, and law schools to enable victims of domestic greater access to information, brief legal services, and referrals.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work with PCADV’s Program Services Team to help create and launch a Civil Legal Helpline for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and dating violence, as well as serve as a referral source for all victims of crime.
- Plan and conduct one-day, no-fault/no marital property divorce clinics for members of the target population that do not require representation for equitable distribution or other ancillary divorce
- Collaborate with internal and external colleagues and allies in the development of community partnerships to create greater statewide access to civil legal information, assistance, and representation for crime victims.
- Coordinate cross-training opportunities with other civil attorneys and organizations in order to provide the most appropriate referrals for crime victims and to improve the consistency and quality of civil legal services in Pennsylvania.
- Provide expert legal information and brief services to victims on a Civil Legal Helpline through both telephone and e-mail communication during regular business hours.
- In collaboration with other PCADV staff, develop and initiate a plan for technical assistance that meets the stated needs of VOCA-funded civil attorneys and other civil attorneys representing victims of domestic violence.
- Coordinate and participate in the development of public policy legislation, regulations and rules, legal position papers, briefs, and protocols on domestic violence.
- Provide PCADV community-based program staff with information and guidance on legal issues arising in the delivery of services and advocacy to adult and child victims of domestic violence.
- Assist with the coordination and facilitation of two statewide network meetings and two facilitated web meetings per year for all Pennsylvania VOCA-funded attorneys to network, share technical assistance, and problem-solve barriers to providing victims of crime with access to justice through the civil legal system.
- Participate in the publication of electronic resources for victims and VOCA-funded civil attorneys, including electronic newsletters, email updates and information for posting to the PCADV website and/or the Civil Legal Helpline website.
- Create and keep an updated statewide referral list of civil legal attorneys.
- Attend and participate in meetings of the Program Services Department, PCADV staff meetings and in-service training as required.
- Perform other duties as assigned by management.
- This position does not hold supervisory responsibilities.
All duties performed on an ongoing basis.
QUALIFICATION AND COMPTETENCIES
Education and/or Experience
- A law degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
- An active law license demonstrating current eligibility to practice law in Pennsylvania.
- A minimum of three years’ experience in the practice of law.
- Thorough knowledge of Pennsylvania civil law and practice related to domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Demonstrated knowledge of protection orders, custody, support, and divorce law; child abuse law; privileged communications law; and access and representation barriers confronted by victims of domestic violence in civil courts.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, especially when discussing legal issues.
- Ability to communicate effectively and courteously in person, on the telephone, and electronically.
- Must exhibit the ability to deal tactfully and respectfully with employees at various levels of the organization, with stakeholders, and with victims.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Word.
- Proficiency with electronic legal research software systems.
- Must be willing to learn new software applications as needed.
- Experience with Macintosh personal computers is preferred.
Reasoning Ability/Social/Psychological and Other Abilities
- Must be able work well independently as well as the member of a team.
- Initiative and ability to work beyond instructions that include written, verbal, diagram, or schedules.
- Good problem-solving skills that deals with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively handle multiple tasks at one time.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, manage time, evaluate progress, and adjust activities to complete work within established time frames.
- Ability to exercise independent initiative and sound judgment to identify problems and propose workable solutions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk, listen/hear, frequently move and sit for long periods. Most tasks will require working on a computer. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet but with frequent interruptions.
Other Skills and Abilities
- A commitment to PCADV’s mission and vision is required.
- Must be able to follow strict rules of confidentiality needed within the law and within PCADV Confidentiality Policy.
- Ability and willingness to work cooperatively with a diverse group of people.
- Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and understanding of related issues.
- Commitment to ending violence against women.
- Demonstrated understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as they apply to domestic violence prevention, intervention and services and the intersectionality of institutionalized systems of oppression and domestic violence.
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PCADV Human Resources
3605 Vartan Way, Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Attention: Human Resources
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.