Staff Attorney, Family Law Project, Brooklyn Family Justice

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Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Sanctuary For Families Inc.
New York
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Position Description: 

Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.

Sanctuary for Families seeks an attorney to provide legal representation to survivors of domestic and gender based violence in family law matters in Brooklyn. The areas of focus are primarily family offense, custody/visitation, child/spousal support, and divorce. Other responsibilities include screening walk-in clients at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, conducting community outreach and education in Brooklyn, and collaborating with other agencies to advocate for systemic change. The attorney will work out of the NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn (BKFJC), co-located at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. The attorney will report to the Deputy Director and Director of the Family Law Project at the BKFJC.

• Provides direct representation and advocacy to clients in family law litigation, including family offense, custody and visitation, child and spousal support and divorces.
• Provides pro se legal assistance and consultations to clients regarding family law matters.
• Maintains a caseload of approximately 20 - 30 active clients per month and approximately 40 – 60 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/or mentors junior attorneys, project assistant(s), 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 New York State Bar
• 1-4 years of relevant legal experience*; 3+ years of experience preferred for ideal candidate
• Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic or Russian preferred
• Strong lawyering, advocacy, and leadership skills
• Experience working in the domestic violence field
• Highly motivated to provide zealous, knowledgeable, culturally competent, and empathic legal advocacy to domestic violence survivors

Budgeted Salary: $71,436 - $78,097 annually; salary commensurate with experience*

Work position is currently Hybrid; must meet job location schedule obligation

Vaccination Policy: Proof of vaccination or proof of 1st dose with scheduled 2nd dose within 30 days is required.

• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
• Employer-paid life insurance
• Employer 403(b) retirement contribution
• Paid time off (PTO)
• Flex Spending & Health Savings account
• Parking & Commuter benefits
• Student loan assistance
• Tuition reimbursement program
• Gym reimbursement program
• Employee Assistance Program
• And more…

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

D.E.I Commitment: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values at Sanctuary for Families that represent our dedication to fostering a safe, respectful, responsive, and fair work environment. We recognize the value diversity holds in embracing all employees, clients, and volunteers regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or professional level.

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Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$71436-$78097/Yearly Salary