Associate Attorney - RISE Law Center, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

END ABUSE promotes social change that transforms societal attitudes, practices and policies to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, abuse and oppression. RISE provides quality, affordable direct legal representation to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, primarily low-income immigrants with limited English proficiency, in an effort to prevent and eliminate violence in intimate partner relationships.

Position:
The RISE Law Center is searching for two strong social justice advocates
for the role of Associate Attorney. One position is for a full time attorney, the
other is for an LTE attorney. The job description is the same. The RISE Law Center is searching for two strong social justice advocates for the role of Associate Attorney. One position is for a full time attorney, the other is for an LTE attorney. The job description is the same.

Responsibilities:

  • Legal representation of victims and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence:
    • Provide representation to clients in immigration applications, interviews and court proceedings including, but not limited to: U & T Visa Petitions, VAWA & Family Based Petitions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Asylum, Adjustment of Status and other related immigration matters
    • Provide representation to clients in family law matters, including, but not limited to: divorce, legal separation, annulment, custody and placement, paternity, child support, property division and other related matters
    • Provide representation to clients in domestic abuse injunction hearings and other protection orders, as well as coordinate appropriate safety measures with the court
    • Perform client intakes, assess client’s legal issues, provide informed legal advice and recommendations to client and identify differing strategies based on client’s specific circumstances and needs
    • Research and prepare legal documents, including pleadings, motions, orders, stipulations, legal memoranda, briefs, and immigration forms
    • Understand and keep current with courtroom decorum and policies as well as local court rules
    • Represent clients in court appearances, including evidentiary hearings, status conferences and trials, in order to advocate for clients’ best interests, telephonically and in person both in immigration proceedings and circuit courts in varying counties
    • Collaborate with other attorneys, interns, and staff at RISE and End Abuse
    • Train and coordinate interns, volunteer attorneys and law students providing case management and client representation
  • Commitment to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agencies (Project Partners):
    • Receive and process referrals from/to project partner agencies
    • Provide training and legal technical assistance to advocates
    • Organize, attend and support RISE training sessions and events
    • Collaborate with culturally specific programs to provide cultural awareness and competency trainings to project partners
    • Maintain and develop skills and knowledge by attending training; especially as it relates to victimization and trauma, intimate partner violence and sexual violence
    • Promote and maintain professional relationships with partner agencies
    • Attend RISE and End Abuse meetings
  • Administrative:
    • Perform conflicts checks, open and close files, keep electronic and paper files organized
    • Keep track of deadlines, time and billable hours
    • Organize and build case load as well as maintain client base
    • Maintain accurate and up to date client, program and agency records, including statistics and case tracking, and assist with grant writing and reporting as needed
    • Answer phones, take messages, mail, copy, scan, fax, and perform other office administrative duties as needed
  • Leadership:
    • Provide training, mentorship and supervision to legal assistants and interns
    • Manage own case load and assist in office case load management
    • Opportunity to participate in:
      • Statewide and nationwide groups and committees on domestic and sexual abuse, teen dating violence, human trafficking and stalking
      • Statewide training on legal issues affecting victims and survivors
      • Statewide and nationwide committees on legal issues impacting immigrant survivors
      • Grant-writing and other high-level administrative tasks

Qualifications:
An ideal candidate will have a passion for social justice work particularly empowering survivors and ensuring meaningful access to the legal system for immigrants and refugees. This person should be cognizant of the needs of victims and have the ability to work closely with others to provide holistic supportive services to clients. The strongest candidate for this position would be someone who is driven, responsible, empathetic, supportive, encouraging and enthusiastic about the goals and success of RISE Law Center.

  • Required Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
  • Licensed by, active and in good standing with the Wisconsin State Bar
  • Valid driver’s license and insurance and/or access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to assimilate and analyze facts and build legal strategies on a case-by-case basis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and advocacy skills
  • Adept in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Outlook

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with survivors or with a demonstrated understanding of dynamics of sexual assault and domestic violence is preferred
  • Experience working with traditionally underserved populations is a plus
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals with limited English proficiency
  • Spanish or Hmong language fluency is preferred
  • 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 all of the duties and responsibilities of a particular position.

AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES:
It is the responsibility of every End Abuse employee to uphold the mission and vision of the 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. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals and value a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment.

How to Apply:
If you wish to apply for these positions, please submit a complete application
package, including:

  • The END ABUSE application form (signed)
  • A current resume
  • A cover letter
  • A one-page, double-spaced essay describing your understanding of domestic abuse.

You must include all of the above listed information by the deadline for full consideration.
Send your complete application to:

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin HIRING COMMITTEE
1245 E. Washington Ave, Suite 150
Madison, WI 53703
OR
Email to: apply@endabusewi.org
OR
Fax to: 608.255.3560