Staff Attorney

Application deadline: November 2, 2020

Employer: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Location: Madison, WI

 

 

 

Primary responsibilities

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (End Abuse) seeks an intelligent, compassionate, creative, motivated, and dedicated individual to serve as a Staff Attorney with the coalition. The position is responsible for providing assistance and training to domestic violence advocates, other attorneys, and community partners who help victims of domestic violence. The Staff Attorney also develops quality resources and materials that aid domestic violence survivors in navigating civil and criminal legal processes and uses their knowledge and expertise in these areas to guide End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s public policy and systems advocacy efforts to improve Wisconsin’s response to domestic violence survivors and dismantle systems of oppression. This position does NOT represent individual clients.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Partner with other End Abuse’s Legal Department staff to develop and execute a coordinated plan for the legal department, including cross training in immigration and poverty issues.
  2. Provide regular, timely, and responsive technical assistance on criminal law, family law, victim rights, restraining orders/injunctions, and other legal issues that impact the health and safety of domestic violence survivors.
  3. In conjunction with the End Abuse Education Coordinator and other staff, provide effective trainings to local advocates and other professionals through phone, web-based and in-person formats on criminal law, family law, victim rights, restraining orders/injunctions, and other legal issues that impact the health and safety of domestic violence survivors.
  4. Create, distribute, and update quality legal materials related to criminal law, family law, victim rights, restraining orders/injunctions, and other legal issues that impact the health and safety of domestic violence survivors.
  5. Identify systemic issues impacting domestic abuse survivors throughout Wisconsin through strong relationships with domestic abuse programs and other community partners.
  6. Working with the Public PolicyTeam, promote policy improvements that respond to the needs of domestic violence victims, particularly in the areas of criminal law, family law, victim rights, restraining orders/injunctions, and legal systems and processes.
  7. 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.
  8. Work with and provide guidance to undergraduate, graduate, and law school interns.

Qualifications

Required

  • A Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school and must be admitted to practice in Wisconsin.
  • At least one to three years of work, internship, or clinical experience in the fields of victim advocacy, criminal law, family law, policy analysis and implementation, or related field.
  • Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in at least some of the following areas: criminal law, family law, restraining orders/injunctions, human trafficking, victim rights, dismantling systems of oppression, issues impacting rural areas.
  • 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. Experience explaining complicated topics in a user-friendly format to non-attorneys.
  • Policy development and implementation experience, particularly on a statewide basis in the legal system or with government agencies.
  • Experience working with immigrants and marginalized populations.
  • 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.

The salary range for this position starts at $50,000.00.

End Abuse honors the dignity and welfare of all its staff and supports a healthy work-life balance. End Abuse’s office in Madison is closed at least through 2020 and all End Abuse-sponsored trainings and events are remote through 2021 due to the pandemic.

The position is based in Madison but exceptional candidates who wish to apply for a permanent remote position will be considered.

Application instructions

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

 

  • A current resume;

 

  • A one-page cover letter;

 

  • A one-page, double-spaced essay describing your understanding of carceral feminism; and

 

  • A one to two page legal or policy writing sample.

 

 

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

 

For full consideration, please apply by 5pm on Monday, November 2.

Interviews will begin in mid-November. The anticipated start date for this position is December 2020.

 

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: November 2, 2020

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