Domestic Violence Staff Attorney
The attorney hired for this full-time position will provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence. The ideal candidate will have two years of family law experience. Demonstrated commitment to civil legal aid and related advocacy, and experience working with low-income, diverse, and marginalized communities is preferred. Candidates must be comfortable working in a holacratic environment, committed to social justice, equity, and equality for all people.
Evaluate the needs of and advise low-income survivors of DV through interviews and other methods of fact-gathering (court documents, police reports, third parties, etc.);
Assist clients with domestic violence protection orders and related family law matters; Provide limited representation of clients for protection orders and family law motions through temporary orders. Respond or filing motions for reconsideration or revision;
Regularly appear on the Domestic Violence and Family Law Motions Calendars in King County Superior Court;
Supervise and advise on work performed by ELAP Family Law Fellows, externs, and volunteers including areas of court administrative rules, working with ELAP clients, drafting pleadings, and preparing for hearings;
Mentor ELAP Family Law Fellows, externs, and volunteers;
Attend Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) courses identified as furthering the pursuit of ELAP’s DV staff attorney role;
Represent ELAP at workgroups or other meetings sponsored by agencies in King County;
Coordinate with community legal advocates regarding individual client needs in a team atmosphere;
Fully comply with ELAP’s mission, vision, policies and procedures, and the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct;
Perform other related duties as directed by the Executive Director.
A graduate of an ABA-accredited law school with a JD degree;
Minimum of 2 years of experience practicing Family Law in Washington State;
Demonstrated practical experience as an attorney in Domestic Violence and Family Law cases, including case management, drafting of pleadings, interacting with the court system, and representation of clients in court;
Licensed and in good standing to practice law in Washington;
Outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal skills;
Intermediate computer knowledge of PCs and database familiarity (Legal Server experience a plus);
Self-starter with ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
Ability to problem solve and utilize available resources;
Must be able to commute between office locations;
Enthusiasm for and commitment to the ELAP mission, social justice, equity, and equality;
Bilingual candidates, people of color, LGBT, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS
WORK HOURS: Base hours 40 hrs/week
BENEFITS: Vision/Dental/Health, 401k with employer contribution, Continuing Legal Education Credits, Malpractice Insurance, WSBA licensing fees, King County Bar membership, and East King County Bar membership.
We are currently accepting applications. The position will be open until filled. Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample (family law based and your independent work product), and a list of two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELAP is committed to a policy of pluralism and equal opportunity in an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its client communities, Board, and staff. Pluralism refers to the active promotion of mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse in work background, experience, education, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental and physical abilities, veteran status, or any other perceived differences. The resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness. If you need a reasonable accommodation for navigation of any barriers, please reach out to an ELAP staff member, or to the Executive Director directly; Gerald Kroon, Jerry@elap.org, 425-747-7274 ext. 203.