Family Law Attorney

Barrier Free Living (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilities live independently in the community.  BFL provides a broad range of residential (Freedom House) and community based (The Secret Garden) services, which provides a variety of services to domestic violence (DV) survivors with disabilities.  The Secret Garden (SG) offers case management, safety planning, occupational therapy, short- and long-term individual counseling, advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems, and referrals to outside services.  These services are provided at Secret Garden’s Manhattan-based office, as well as at New York City-sponsored Family Justice Centers located in the five boroughs.   Freedom House (FH) is BFL’s emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors with or without disabilities. Freedom House accepts women, children and men.  Its programs include individual counseling for adults and children, support groups, safety planning, case management, housing assistance, occupational therapy, financial clinic services, onsite childcare, and advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems.

This position will work in collaboration with Barrier Free Living and  Sanctuary for Families legal team for direct supervision around legal matters. And, reports to Freedom House and Secret Garden Program Directors.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct representation to clients in family and housing law matters in the Family, Housing, and Supreme Courts in all five boroughs of New York City, from inception of the cases to resolution, as they relate to domestic violence.
  • Complete legal consultations and intakes for Secret Garden and Freedom House consumers
  • Make ADA accommodation requests, as needed, so consumers with disabilities can gain greater access to services within the legal system.
  • Refer consumers, as needed, for legal services outside the scope of what BFL can provide.
  • Advocate directly for clients with key stakeholders including but not limited to NYPD, prosecutors, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), and Division for Homeless Services (DHS);
  • Collaborate between the multidisciplinary teams at Secret Garden and Freedom House
  • The staff attorney will work 3 days a week at Freedom House and 2 days a week at Secret Garden.
  • Conduct outreach and form collaborative partnerships around access to services
  • Participate in staff/program meetings and trainings including but not limited to CPR, First Aid, Crisis Prevention, and Undoing Racism workshops, partner program meetings, and conferences
  • Participate in monthly legal team meetings at Sanctuary for Families
  • Meet with program supervisors and CPO at least monthly.
  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of case notes and other related program statistics, as requested, including document and complete the necessary forms at both Freedom House and Secret Garden

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a valid admission to the New York State Bar Association
  • At least 5 years of relevant legal experience, preferably in the non-profit field.
  • Fluent in Spanish and/or American Sign Language (ASL) preferred
  • Ability to work with diverse populations including people with disabilities and those who are D/deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Sensitivity to sexual exploitation, domestic violence and other gender-related issues
  • Ability to work in crisis management environment
  • Strong abilities to advocate on behalf of survivors
  • Strong ability to work independently
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills and competency

Start Date: ASAP

Position Available: Full Time

Hours: 35 hours per week, one evening per week, work one Saturday, on call social worker one week per month (flexible)

Salary: Based on Experience 

Benefit Package: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Retirement Plan, Paid vacation, Sick days, Personal days, Paid National Holidays and more.

Public Assistance Recipient are encouraged to apply.

PARTNERS ON THIS POSITION: 5 year grant funded position through partnership with the New York State Office of Victim Services

 

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