DV LEAD STAFF ATTORNEY
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.
Reports to the Family Law Senior Managing Attorney. Provide trauma-informed legal assistance and representation to survivors of domestic violence in protection order and family law cases for the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project (DV LEAD). Help train and support pro bono attorneys of DV LEAD. Work in collaboration with referrals from Project Safety, a federally-funded (Victims of Crime Act) initiative that provides civil legal services to victims of crime in coordination with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Project Safety is an integrated, multi-agency partnership working to address a range of critical legal needs in order to ensure the safety and well-being of crime victims. This is a grant funded position which is contingent on continued funding.
- Provide representation to survivors in DVPO and family law matters;
- Draft necessary legal pleadings in DVPO and family law matters and appear in court on behalf of clients including hearings and trial;
- Participate in case review with the DV LEAD team for case evaluation and assessment;
- Assist the DV LEAD team in training and supporting pro bono attorneys.
Administrative and Supervisory:
- Recruit and supervise interns, externs and volunteers as needed;
- Participate in general volunteer recruitment and recognition as needed;
- Manage data and provide reports for grant compliance;
- Perform other duties as needed.
Outreach and Collaboration:
Collaborate and coordinate with other Project Safety and community-based agencies to support and improve services to clients and crime victims;
Collaborate with Pro Bono Services family law programs and assist in program development and enhancement.
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;
- Proficiency in a language other than English is highly 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;
- Demonstrated commitment to providing civil legal services to low-income clients;
- Demonstrated ability to work with clients with limited English proficiency and clients with physical or mental disabilities;
- Demonstrated ability to work well in an environment exposed to secondary trauma;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people;
- Proficiency with technology including MS Word, case management systems, Excel, and Outlook
And who has the following education and experience:
- Licensed to practice law and in good standing in Washington state;
- Experience in family law including courtroom and trial experience (King County experience desired but not required);
- Experience representing survivors in Domestic Violence Protection Orders;
- Experience working with low-income clients, survivors of domestic violence, and clients from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an exempt, full-time position based in Seattle, WA that may require occasional local travel within King County. Salary range is $70,000 – $73,000 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.
Priority will be given to those who apply by 5:00 p.m. October 22, 2021 via email. Make “DV LEAD Staff Attorney” 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.