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Lead Family Law Attorney

Description: 

Florida Rural Legal Services is seeking a skilled Family Law Attorney to provide legal advice, representation, advocacy, and education to participants. The ideal candidate is trauma informed and experienced in domestic violence, poverty issues, and victims of crime. With input and under supervision of the Advocacy Director, the Lead Attorney (LA) will assist in supervising the substantive legal and advocacy work of non-attorney advocates and staff attorneys in the practice of family law under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant. The VOCA lead attorney is primarily responsible for daily or semi-regular case review of closed cases, being responsive to case review questions from advocates and staff attorneys and assisting the Advocacy Director and Managing Attorneys to ensure the overall quality and competency of the substantive legal work. The lead attorney will also assist to identify and meet staff training needs in coordination with other management staff, as well as, working on grant applications and reporting.

One year contract with possibility to extend.

Essential Functions:

  • Competently plans and handles complex family law litigation.
  • Provide legal advice in the areas of Family Law, Restraining Orders, Domestic Violence/Injunctions.
  • Evaluates the work of and creates professional development plans for staff underneath his/her direct supervision.
  • Interviewing of prospective clients, rendering legal advice, maintaining an increasingly complex caseload, and representing clients in all phases of affirmative administrative litigation.
  • Assists less experienced staff/contract attorneys to become effective in their representation.
  • Assists with and in some cases handles team administration: monitoring, , and review of cases in case management system to ensure that all cases meet VOCA Grant funding requirements.
  • Provide supervision to volunteers and interns in office and at community outreach presentations and workshops.
  • Under the direction of the Advocacy Director, assists in the implementation of management policies.
  • Works with Managing Attorneys to administer and report on VOCA grants.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of new strategies for resolution of

systemic problems which adversely affect our client communities.

  • Timely and accurately performs all required personal administrative duties for the benefit of the

program and as an example for their staff. E.g., daily entry of time and case notes into the Case Management System, and timely completes administrative and required regulatory and contractual tasks.

  • Trains new attorneys and volunteers.
  • Compliance with VOCA grant requirements

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar and in Good Standing.
  • Must have three (7) years’ experience as a practicing attorney, two (5) of which must be in public interest, including indigent programs, with administrative law and/or litigation experience.
  • Must have demonstrated capabilities in using basic tools of the litigating attorney: writs, appeals, discovery, remedies, and all phases of motion practice and/or administrative law and writ practice as well as trial experience.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in the proposed area of practice with the ability to develop procedural and substantive strategies to effectively represent clients and undertake resolution of structural inequities affecting our client population.
  • Must have demonstrated capacity to train and mentor lesser experienced attorneys.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and representing our client communities.
  • Demonstrated skills in managing others in a regulated climate and ensuring personal and team compliance with such regulations.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with the public and advocates
  • Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with accuracy and minimal direction.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings as and weekends as required by events and deadlines
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Highly Preferred: 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Certification.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish/Haitian Creole preferred but not required.
  • Experience in Family Law and Victims of Crime issues.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.

EEOC Statement: Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other characteristic protected by federal, state of local law.

Requirements: 

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar and in Good Standing.
  • Must have three (7) years’ experience as a practicing attorney, two (5) of which must be in public interest, including indigent programs, with administrative law and/or litigation experience.
  • Must have demonstrated capabilities in using basic tools of the litigating attorney: writs, appeals, discovery, remedies, and all phases of motion practice and/or administrative law and writ practice as well as trial experience.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in the proposed area of practice with the ability to develop procedural and substantive strategies to effectively represent clients and undertake resolution of structural inequities affecting our client population.
  • Must have demonstrated capacity to train and mentor lesser experienced attorneys.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and representing our client communities.
  • Demonstrated skills in managing others in a regulated climate and ensuring personal and team compliance with such regulations.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with the public and advocates
  • Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with accuracy and minimal direction.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings as and weekends as required by events and deadlines
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Highly Preferred: 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Certification.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish/Haitian Creole preferred but not required.
  • Experience in Family Law and Victims of Crime issues.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.

Information

Submission Deadline: 
July 5, 2022
Organization Information: 
Florida Rural Legal Services Inc
1321 E. Memorial Blvd., Suite 101
Lakeland, FL 33801
United States
Phone: 18633451179