Jenesse Center, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to provide direct legal services, including limited scope representation, to low income, un-served and underserved victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes, accessing Jenesse Center’s emergency shelter, transitional living, and drop-in programs. Under the supervision of a Managing Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for handling all aspects of their family law cases involving matters such as divorce, paternity, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and domestic violence restraining orders, and in appropriate cases providing limited scope representation in court proceedings. This position is grant funded through October, 2020. Jenesse Center will actively seek renewal of funding and/or alternative funding sources to retain position
Case Assessment and Strategy Development
- Conduct client interviews to assess case for services;
- Perform legal research and draft legal pleadings and documents;
- Client Advocacy
- Represent clients in their family law matters including, but not limited to petitions for dissolution of marriage, petitions to establish paternity, custody, visitation, and child support, and applications for Domestic Violence Protection Orders pursuant to Jenesse Center case acceptance criteria;
- Provide individualized, holistic, trauma-informed services to clients, including connecting clients to non-legal community-based services.
- Ensure timely and accurate case file maintenance, including electronic records;
- Maintain good working relationships with clients through frequent, proactive communication;
- Calendar court events/client visits and meet all case deadlines;
- Collect and report case-related data in case management system;
- Comply with agency protocols and grant requirements regarding data tracking and reporting pertaining to client demographics, legal issues presented, and services provided.
- Other Responsibilities
- Complete grant-required forms and reports;
- Follow all Jenesse Center policies and procedures and standards of professional responsibility;
- Participate in mandatory staff trainings and meetings and perform other duties as assigned;
- Represent Jenesse Center’s Legal Services Department at inter-departmental, city, county, state, regulatory, civic or community organization meetings and outreach events;
- Work with Managing Staff Attorney to support Jenesse Center Legal Services Department programs and projects.
- J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.
- Membership in good standing with the State Bar of California.
- Minimum of 2 years of practical, direct experience practicing family law with a particular focus on domestic violence cases.
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish.
Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Two (2) years of practical, direct experience working on family law cases with a particular emphasis on families impacted by domestic violence.
- Demonstrated ability to provide trauma-informed services.
- Experience working with victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes strongly preferred.
- Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills are a must.
- Attention to detail and superior written and oral communication and advocacy skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and/or victim’s rights.
- Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds and all levels of personnel.
Jenesse Center offers full-time staff a generous benefits package and paid sick and vacation leave. Employees also have the option to participate in a 401(k) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA).
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Fluency in written and spoken Spanish
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED