Staff Attorney, Bronx Family Justice Center

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Job location
Bronx, NY
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Sanctuary for Families
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Sanctuary for Families seeks an attorney to provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence in family law matters in the Bronx, primarily family offense, custody/visitation, and child/spousal support proceedings, as well as some matrimonial matters. Other responsibilities include conducting community outreach and education in the Bronx, screening walk-in clients, and collaborating with other agencies to advocate for systemic change. The attorney will work out of our Bronx office, located in the Bronx Family Justice Center. The attorney will report to Sanctuary's Bronx Legal Director in the Bronx Family Justice Center.


• Provides direct representation and advocacy to clients in family law litigation, including family offense, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and matrimonial cases.
• Maintains a caseload of approximately 20 - 40 active clients per month and approximately 40 – 80 active cases.
• Conducts outreach to underserved communities.
• Trains law students, pro bono attorneys, social service providers, health care professionals, and community based organizations on domestic violence and the legal needs of victims. .
• Represents Sanctuary for Families on task forces and other political and advocacy committees outside the agency.
• Recruits, supervises, and/or provides co-counsel to pro bono attorneys on all aspects of litigation in family law matters.
• Supervises and mentors multiple volunteers and interns on all aspects of client contact, litigation support, case management, and/or project development;
• Facilitates clients' access to intra-agency and outside resources, and administers provision of direct financial assistance and donations to clients.
• Attends and participates in interagency conferences and legal/ bar association committee meetings to keep abreast of developments in the areas of pro bono, domestic violence, and legal remedies for victims of domestic violence.
• Performs any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.

• J.D. degree.
• Admission to the NY Bar.
• At least 2 years of relevant experience is preferred.
• Spanish language required.
• Strong lawyering, advocacy, and leadership skills are essential.
• Applicants must enjoy working collaboratively and be comfortable speaking in
• Applicants must be highly motivated to provide zealous, knowledgeable, and empathic legal advocacy to domestic violence victims and must be sensitive to issues of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.

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Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, September 14, 2018