DV LEAD Legal Assistant

DV LEAD LEGAL ASSISTANT

Mission
The King County Bar Association promotes and supports a diverse and collegial membership; works with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity, and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefits the community through public service and engagement in public policy.

Position Mission
Reports to the DV LEAD Managing Attorney. Support the legal advocacy and program administration for the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project (DV LEAD). DV LEAD provides pro bono representation to domestic violence survivors in contested protection orders, dissolutions, parenting plan and parentage cases. DV LEAD includes a Managing Attorney, two staff attorneys, and a legal case manager. This is a grant funded position which is contingent on continued funding.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 
Advocacy Support:

  • Provide legal assistance and draft legal pleadings as necessary under Attorney supervision;
  • Provide litigation support for the Staff attorneys and Managing Attorney;
  • Facilitate client and pro bono attorney relationships and provide discrete support to pro bono attorneys as assigned;
  • Conduct client interviews to assess legal and non-legal needs, and support clients as they navigate legal options and the legal process;
  • Assist clients with ongoing safety planning and coordinate client access to community resources as needed;

Administrative and Supervisory:

  • Manage case referrals and monitor cases to ensure quality control;
  • Maintain legal files and records;
  • Assist with recruiting and supervising interns, externs and volunteers as assigned;
  • Provide administrative support including organizing trainings, and managing client and volunteer data;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Outreach and Collaboration:

  • Collaborate and promote community relationships between the DV LEAD Project and domestic violence advocates, legal service organizations, and other community partners; 
  • Participate in KCBA or Pro Bono Services projects or initiatives as needed.

WHO YOU ARE
A team player who has the following skills:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of race, bias, discrimination, and differential treatment of communities disproportionately composed of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals who identify as LGBTQ or other sexual minorities, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, limited English speaking persons, and others who have been historically marginalized in the law and justice system;
  • Strong crisis management skills and ability to work effectively under pressure;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in an environment exposed to secondary trauma;
  • Fluency in a language other than English desired but not required;
  • Good organizational and communication (written and oral) skills; 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others as well as independently;
  • Proficiency with technology including MS Word, case management systems, Excel and Outlook

And who has the following education and experience:

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of family law including court forms, court procedures and local rules, preferably King County Superior Court;
  • Experience providing legal support to attorneys;
  • Experience working with domestic violence survivors;
  • Experience working with diverse clients and communities.

About KCBA
Founded in 1886, KCBA is a membership legal organization with over 5,500 attorney members, 45 staff and an annual budget of over $4,000,000.  As an equal opportunity employer, KCBA is committed to upholding an equity and justice-based organizational environment for the public, the client communities it serves, its members, its Boards, its staff and its volunteers. This means the organization actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork, and productivity among people who are diverse in work background; lived and professional experience; immigration status and citizenship; education; race and ethnicity; national origin; sexual orientation; age; indigenous group membership; religious preference; marital status; sensory, mental, and physical abilities; social class; gender identity; veteran status, as well as other differences relevant to equity and justice.  The resulting diversity is both a source of organizational strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.  

Please note, one of KCBA’s programs supports attorneys working with parents and guardians of at risk children.  As a result, certain convictions would make an applicant ineligible. The King County Bar Association requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application process, have questions regarding eligibility, or have vaccination questions, contact Len Roden at lenr@kcba.org.

POSITION DETAILS
This is a non- exempt, full-time position based in Seattle, WA. Salary range is $42,000 – $45,000 yearly (depends on experience), with excellent benefits. Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, 401k plan with automatic employer contribution, subsidized transit pass, flexible spending account, professional development opportunities, paid vacation, sick leave, and more.

TO APPLY
Priority will be given to those who apply by 5:00 p.m. October 22, 2021 via email. Make “DV LEAD Legal Assistant” your subject line and send a letter of interest that addresses your interest in working with survivors of domestic violence and any lived or professional experience that would contribute to our advocacy, resume, and three references to: HR@kcba.org. 

To Apply

Priority will be given to those who apply by 5:00 p.m. October 22, 2021 via email.

Make “DV LEAD Legal Assistant” your subject line and send a letter of interest that addresses your interest in working with survivors of domestic violence and any lived or professional experience that would contribute to our advocacy, resume, and three references to: HR@kcba.org