Staff Attorney – Underserved Populations

Application deadline: January 29, 2021

Employer: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

SUMMARY: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (END ABUSE) seeks an intelligent, compassionate, creative, motivated, and dedicated individual to serve as a Staff Attorney. The position is responsible for providing assistance and training to domestic violence advocates, other attorneys and professionals who help victims of domestic violence. The Staff Attorney also develops quality resources and materials that aid domestic violence survivors in navigating legal and public assistance processes and uses their knowledge and expertise in these areas to guide END ABUSE’s public policy and systems advocacy efforts to improve Wisconsin’s response to domestic violence survivors. This position does not represent individual clients.  This Staff Attorney position works with domestic violence victim/survivor service agencies including legal advocates, bilingual advocates, culturally specific programs/agencies and other stakeholders to work toward greater accessibility to justice for all survivors.

Primary responsibilities

 

  1. Provide regular, timely and responsive technical assistance (requests for legal information or resources) on immigration and related legal issues, economic justice including public benefits programs, language access, restraining orders/injunctions, and other legal issues that impact the health and safety of domestic violence survivors.
  2. In conjunction with the END ABUSE Education Coordinator, Legal Services Team, and other staff, provide effective trainings to local advocates and other professionals through phone, web-based and in-person formats on laws related to domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking, as well as legal issues impacting survivors, including those from underserved communities, in areas of immigration, economic justice, language access, protection orders, and other legal issues that impact the health and safety of domestic violence survivors.
  3. Create, distribute, and update quality legal materials, including the END ABUSE Legal Manual, related to domestic violence, human trafficking and stalking on issues that impact the health and safety of domestic violence survivors. Ensure domestic violence programs have information and access to updated legal materials.
  4. Working with the Systems Policy Team, promote policy improvements that respond to the needs of domestic violence victims, particularly in the areas of immigration, economic justice, language access, restraining orders/injunctions, and legal systems and processes.This includes reviewing proposed systems changes and drafting or reviewing analysis, briefs, comments to these changes.
  5. Represent End Abuse and advance a victim-centered perspective while serving on various committees, taskforces and workgroups, especially those dealing with program and policy development in the Staff Attorney’s areas of expertise.

Qualifications

Required

  • A Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school and license to practice law in the state of Wisconsin (although, this position does not represent clients in court).
  • At least one to three years of experience working in the fields of victim advocacy, immigration or culturally specific agencies, poverty law, restraining orders/injunctions, policy analysis and implementation, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in at least some of the following legal areas: Immigration, Wisconsin Works (W-2), Housing Law, Restraining Orders and Injunctions, Family Law, Child Welfare, SSI and SSDI, Unemployment Insurance, Badger Care, other Public Benefits and Human Trafficking.
  • Excellent analytical and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Open and direct communication style.

Preferred

  • Experience developing training curricula and materials.
  • A proven track-record as an effective educator, especially providing training related to domestic violence and legal issues.
  • Policy development and implementation experience, particularly on a statewide basis in the legal system or with government agencies.
  • Experience working with groups and populations who are oppressed or marginalized. Experience working to dismantle systems of oppression such as nativism and/or white supremacy.
  • Bilingual in English and another language spoken by a major immigrant or refugee group in Wisconsin.
  • Success advocating on committees or workgroups and/or with government agencies.

Agency responsibilities

It is the responsibility of every End Abuse employee to uphold the mission and vision of this agency.  End Abuse works to advance the principle that all people have the right to a life free of oppression and violence.  We work to foster change in our economic, social and political systems and bring leadership expertise and best practices to Wisconsin domestic abuse programs and communities engaged in ending domestic violence.

It is also an expectation that on the individual level all staff members will work to further their personal capacity to foster an environment of cultural inclusivity and sensitivity that is the foundation for all our work.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of duties and levels of work difficulty that will be required and should not be construed as specifying or defining all the duties and responsibilities of a particular position.

This is a permanent full time position. The salary for this position starts at $50,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an employee assistance program, and generous paid vacation, holidays and sick leave.

End Abuse honors the dignity and welfare of all its staff and supports a healthy work-life balance.

Application instructions

If you wish to apply for this position, please submit a complete application package, including:

  • A current resume (required);
  • A one-page cover letter (required);
  • A one-page, double-spaced essay describing your understanding of domestic abuse(required);
  • A one to two page legal or policy writing sample (voluntary).
  • End Abuse Application Form (Signed)

To be considered for this position, you must (at minimum) include a cover letter, resume and the one-page essay in your application package and the End Abuse Application form.

Send your complete application package by email to:  apply@endabusewi.org

Deadlines have changed. For Priority Consideration, please apply by January 5th.

Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date for this position is February 2021.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact the Operations Manager, Angie Trudell Vasquez at angietv@endabusewi.org or by calling 608-255-0539 x 303.

Application deadline: January 29, 2021

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