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Women's Resource Center (Barbara J. Hart Justice Center): Staff Attorney

Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is the community based Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence service provider serving Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.  WRC provides 24 hour crisis response via the agency hotline; emergency safe housing; transitional housing and other housing assistance; individual and systems advocacy;  accompaniment to hospitals, police stations and court hearings; individual and group counseling; support groups and women’s meetings; transportation; emergency financial assistance and educational programs.  

WRC’s civil legal project, the Barbara J. Hart Justice Center (JC) was established in 2002 to serve the unmet legal needs of WRC program participants from a model of collaboration between advocates and attorneys based out of a sexual and domestic violence crisis center.   The JC’s purpose is to provide quality, holistic civil legal assistance and representation to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking survivors in Lackawanna and rural Susquehanna County by attorneys whom base their legal expertise in an extensive understanding of sexual and domestic violence.  Recognizing that oppression and violence against women has a societal and cultural context, WRC also continues to act as a catalyst for social change by engaging in system’s advocacy activities and providing educational conferences and trainings to community members and professionals at local, state and national forums.

Description of Position:

Provide legal information, consultation, and representation to survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence who are program participants of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties of PA. Provide representation in various family law legal matters including but not limited to: protection from abuse (PFA), custody, child and spousal support, divorce, etc. Representation may include but not be limited to: interviewing, filing court documents, and court appearances (motions, conferences, trials, subsequent proceedings such as contempt hearings and appeals). Coordinate and work closely with WRC advocates to meet the legal needs and community-based needs of the program participant/client. Participate in trainings and activities on the local, state, and national levels. Conduct systems’ advocacy on behalf of survivors in regards to the court system, public assistance, law enforcement, social service agencies, and the community. Litigate in precedent setting cases at trial and appellate levels—develop litigation strategy, perform legal research, and draft briefs. Maintain appropriate filing system, records, and reports required by ethical standards, funding sources, and Legal Director. Actively participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings, organizational growth, and other related functions of the WRC. Maintain continuing legal education (CLE) credits as required for licensure.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law degree from accredited school and license to practice in PA. At least one year of family law experience preferred. Spanish-speaking or bilingual strongly preferred. Must successfully complete the WRC Crisis Intervention Training within six months of hire. Reliable transportation is essential as travel is necessary which may include ability to travel out of the area for overnight stays. Pass Act 33 and 34 clearances. Must be willing to schedule working hours to coincide with priorities of the Center. 

Job specifications:

J.D., Full-time, Bar admission required

Candidates should send:

Resume, cover letter, writing sample and references

Application deadline:

Until position is filled

Contact Person:

Judith Lewis, Esquire (Legal Director)

Address:

608 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510

Phone:

(570) 342-4077

Fax:

(570) 342-0178

Email:

judithl@wrcnepa.org