Vancouver, WA 98660
Salary: $60,000.00 to $70,000.00 /year
***TEMPORARY POSITION: In recognition of the increased need for family law and domestic violence protection orders among domestic violence survivors in Clark County (specifically as a result of COVID-19), this position has been made possible through limited grant funding. The term of employment will be 1 year (12 months) from date of hire. It is not expected to be renewed.***
The mission of Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program (CCVLP) is to facilitate access to civil legal aid for low income members of our community through the strength of our volunteers.
Our vision is that everyone has equal access to justice.
CCVLP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and the work environment we create. All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.
Survivor Support Attorney (Temporary Position: 1 year only)
Location: Vancouver, WA
Shift: Day with infrequent nights and weekends
FTE: 1.0 (40 hours/week) Salary
Benefits: We currently do not offer health or retirement benefits. We do offer competitive PTO and a flexible schedule.
Key Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the Survivor Support Attorney is to deliver pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in Clark County in accordance with CCVLP’s mission. Specifically, these services include advice, brief services and direct representation in domestic violence protection order cases. Additionally, the Survivor Support Attorney provides guidance, in conjunction with the Legal Director, to volunteer attorneys in domestic violence protection order matters and family law needs of domestic violence survivors. The Survivor Support Attorney works closely with other staff of CCVLP and reports to the Legal Director.
In practice, the Survivor Support Attorney will provide services in two primary capacities. The first will be at the Domestic Violence Protection Order docket held weekly through Clark County Superior Court (virtually or physically). The second will be in many one-on-one consults with clients either virtually or physically at CCVLP.
As the Survivor Support Attorney, this attorney will be charged with maintaining competency in and advising clients on the following substantive areas (though this list is not exhaustive):
Family Law (as it impacts and is impacted by survivors of domestic violence)
- Domestic Violence Protection Act
- Domestic Violence Protection Orders-Petitions, Defending Petitions and Responding to Petitions
- Domestic Violence Protection Orders-Modifications and Reissuance
- Navigating Conflicting Orders (ie: one from district court protecting one party and one from Superior court protecting the other)
Primary duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
Volunteer Attorney Oversight
- Facilitate training of volunteer attorneys in the basics of domestic violence protection orders through internal training and continuing legal education
- Provide training, supervision and mentoring to volunteer attorneys
- Make self available (during business hours) to answer volunteer attorneys’ substantive questions in domestic violence legal matters
- Regularly review case notes for assessment of quality of legal advice provided by volunteer attorneys
- Provide limited legal advice to eligible clients in the substantive areas of domestic violence and family law
- Provide brief services (such as document drafting or communicating with opposing counsel)
- Provide full representation in court appearances
Collaboration & Community Engagement
- Develop collaborative working relationships with criminal defense attorneys and domestic violence prosecuting attorneys in the local bar (Clark County)
- Engage with the client community of Clark County and participate in legal education events aimed at building independence and autonomy of domestic violence survivors
- Develop and maintain a fruitful collaboration with YWCA Clark County, specifically their SafeChoice Program.
Successful candidates will:
- Maintain client privacy and confidentiality
- Be a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association
- Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Manage time and prioritize tasks
- Be highly proficient in the use of computers and office equipment. This includes comfort with the Microsoft and Adobe suites, web browser-based applications and G suite applications (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.)
- Be capable of providing guidance to attorneys and clients alike in domestic violence and family matters
- Have a strong attention to detail
- Have the ability to problem solve independently and collaboratively
- Have a strong web search engine(s) skill set
Successful candidates will:
- Have at least one year’s experience practicing family law
- Have at least one year’s experience with domestic violence protection orders
- Have demonstrated cultural competence
- Have experience working with people experiencing trauma, and have ability to employ trauma-informed best practices
- Have experience supervising, or at the least working with, volunteers
HOW TO APPLY
Apply on Indeed today! For more information, please feel free to contact the Executive Director at 360.823.0423. To apply for this position, please respond to this post with a resume and cover letter describing how you meet the specific requirements of this position. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.