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Bilingual Legal Advocate The candidate will provide first contact to victims of intimate partner violence seeking legal services, including protective orders, peace orders, and divorce and custody representation. Provide legal information, referrals, and advocacy to clients. Conduct an intake with each client, obtaining demographic information, a description of recent and prior abuse incidents, and details about the relief requested in the client’s legal case, conducts a lethality assessment and creates a safety plan with each client. Provide referrals to social services, housing and shelter assistance, mental health care services, and other crisis intervention services. Participate in the identification of systemic obstacles for victims of intimate partner violence, and assists in formulating a plan and strategies for the removal of those obstacles. Conduct intakes and provide legal information, referrals, and advocacy services to victims of intimate partner violence. Conduct a lethality assessment and help every client create an individualized safety plan. Assist victims of intimate partner violence to complete petitions for protective and peace orders, modifications, extensions, divorce and custody complaints and answers, and other legal documents. Explain how to file for a protective/peace order and how to file criminal charges. Provide information to clients in order to allow clients to represent themselves in protective and peace order proceedings. Present client information to POARP attorneys and advocate for representation of clients in those cases. Present client information to divorce/custody attorneys and advocate for representation of clients in their family law cases. Advocate orally and in writing on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence in various environments. Assist in trial preparation under the supervision of an attorney. Accurately conduct conflict checks for persons seeking services from the Legal Clinic. Act as a liaison between clients who are witnesses in criminal cases and the local State’s Attorney’s Offices. Accompany clients to court for civil and criminal proceedings. Travel to all courthouse offices to assist attorneys by conducting intakes, answering phones, and other duties as assigned. Complete requirements of all grants, including written reports in a timely manner. Accurately input and retrieve information from Clinic database in a timely manner. Maintain and update electronic shared calendar regarding client intakes and upcoming protective and peace order proceedings. Acquire and maintain knowledge of family and intimate partner violence law. Recruit, train, and supervise interns and volunteers to provide victim advocacy services. Conduct follow-up surveys and research inquiries regarding efficacy of representation service. Provide clerical and administrative support to courthouse and HRM offices. Provide back-up to paralegals and secretaries. Create and maintain manual of referrals and resources for use by the agency. Assist in fundraising efforts as needed. Participate in trainings (in person and online) to stay current on intimate partner violence issues and advocacy. Publicize and educate victims of intimate partner violence about services offered. Publicize, educate, train and provide technical assistance to Clinic staff, probation officers, community organizations, court personnel and other agencies as requested, including weekends and evenings. Develop and maintain liaisons with court personnel, community, criminal justice system and other agencies that assist victims of intimate partner violence. Bilingual in Spanish and English required. Bachelor’s degree, law degree, or equivalent advocacy experience required. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and ability to assist and advocate on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence in various environments required. Ability: to develop and maintain good working relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including clients, staff, and members of the community; to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks at one time; to travel among the offices and courthouse offices; and willingness to implement management decisions which s/he has not participated in making; to function with limited supervision; to understand intimate partner violence and how it affects the client population; to pass a criminal background check; to advocate on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence; to meet intake and outreach goals and program objectives in a fast-paced environment as set by the Clinic Director; to complete requirements of all grants, including written reports, in a timely manner; to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; to master information technology by accurately inputting and retrieving information from the computer for data entry, word processing, calendar management, e-mailing, and other functions in a timely manner; to effectively manage high volume of volatile case in a timely manner; to create and timely update referral manual each quarter; to perform other duties as assigned by the Clinic Director required. Demonstrated knowledge of civil and domestic law and familiarity with criminal law by conducting and participating in trainings required. Computer literate (MS Word, internet, email) required.
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