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Years of Experience
ProfileStaff Attorney Duties: Provide legal assistance and representation to victims/survivors of domestic violence with family law and related criminal law issues; advocate for clients with law enforcement and other agencies, and close the gaps in services for domestic violence victims by bridging links between civil and criminal legal agencies and entities. Provide court representation for clients at restraining order and other family law or criminal hearings under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and Family Law Code in County. Provide brief advice and advocacy services to pro per litigants navigating the family law system. Provide supportive services including legal information and referrals to callers to legal line. Support legal team with litigation and case management. Mentor pro bono attorneys through the County Domestic Violence Pro Bono Collaborative. Provide training on domestic violence legal issues to staff, attorneys, law enforcement and the community. Communicate tactfully and effectively while advocating for clients with law enforcement, courts, district attorney, opposing counsel and other community agencies. Collect and maintain statistical records on services provided, as required by Grants Officer and funders. Ensure compliance with funding requirements. Follow legal case protocol and maintain organized case files. Provide liaison services with the legal community, judiciary, law enforcement, and court systems in San Mateo County. Ask for guidance and mentoring from Manager of Legal Services when appropriate. Work closely with other departments in order to best serve clients and the community.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Licensed to practice Law in the state of California. Experience working with domestic violence survivors in Civil, Family or Criminal Court preferred. Experience with systems advocacy; ability to envision and explore big picture solutions. Knowledge of domestic violence and family law. Knowledge of family and criminal court systems and their intersections. Litigation experience strongly preferred. Bilingual in oral and written English/Spanish strongly preferred. Superior analytical skills and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to work with all persons regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, economic background, immigration status or sexual orientation. Ability to work with people who have experienced trauma or who are in crisis and provide non-judgmental support. Must be flexible, work well under pressure, set priorities, and manage time effectively. Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team. Completion of the 40-hour training mandated by the California Office of Emergency Services. Candidates who have not completed the training will be required to do so. Must have valid California driver’s license, access to car, and insurance. Successful results from Livescan criminal background check required. Must be available by cell phone during regular business hours (CORA will supply a phone if needed.).
Schedule: 20 hour/week