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Attorney (Domestic Violence Project) The candidate will provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. Assess continuing legal needs of survivors to provide a continuum of holistic legal services. Interview survivors and conducts initial intake. Interviews witnesses, reviews and prepares pleadings, collects relevant evidence and develops case strategy for injunction for protection litigation. Handle multiple injunction cases on multiple court dockets weekly. Participate in safety planning with survivors. Carry a full case load representing survivors in injunction for protection litigation and addressing the continuing legal needs of survivors in further legal matters. Address all post-judgment needs of survivors related to injunction litigation and engages in any post-judgment injunction litigation, including contempt and violation of injunction litigation. Further responsibilities may include appellate consultation and co-counsel. Assess survivors' continuing legal needs to provide holistic legal services. Engage in litigation or negotiation to address these needs, including varied family law matters and related housing, benefits, immigration and consumer issues. Initiate and litigate family law matters to provide a continuum of services to survivors. Perform legal research to promote success in litigation and remains current on all developments in Florida law affecting survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. Maintain a working knowledge of injunction law and family law, as well as relevant housing, benefits, immigration and consumer law. Make referrals to appropriate service providers and follows up on referrals to ensure a continuum of services to survivors. Maintain accurate and complete electronic case files, billing and statistical data. Perform community education, training and outreach. Develop and maintain relationships with social service agencies and community stakeholders. Attend meetings and actively participates in councils, community collaboratives and committees dedicated to survivor advocacy. Maintain confidentiality of all information. Maintain good standing with the Florida Bar. Stay current on continuing legal education with a focus on areas that will be beneficial in the representation of survivors. Develop and maintain relationships with the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Serve on community, bar and county committees where feasible. J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and membership in good standing of the Florida Bar required. An understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence and the safety concerns associated with survivors of violence in the court system required. 1 – 3 years of litigation experience required. Experience in criminal and/or domestic violence/family law litigation preferred. Prior State Attorney, Public Defender or Injunction/Family Law litigation experience preferred. Effective and excellent communication, research, oral and written advocacy skills required. Ability to draft pleadings, familiarity with e-filing and the civil and/or criminal court process required. Prior experience with the litigation process, participation in evidentiary hearings and knowledge of the Florida and/or Federal Rules of Evidence and Rules of Civil Procedure required. Ability to independently handle a large, diverse and fast-paced caseload and excellent networking and relationship-building skills required. Bilingual (Spanish) preferred. Commitment to remain in position for at least two (2) years required. Deadline: August 25, 2017.
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