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Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:10 AM


Company Name:Women's Resource Center

The Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, a project of the Women’s Resource Center has immediate needs for a Staff Attorney and a bi-lingual Staff Attorney. The qualified attorney will represent survivors of domestic and sexual violence in family law, immigration, housing, and consumer debt matters in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties, Pennsylvania. Candidates must be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Candidates must also be self-starters with the ability to work individually and in teams. The Justice Center provides a great and challenging opportunity for attorneys to develop litigation skills and expertise in the field of domestic and sexual violence and family law. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to


JOB TITLE: Staff Attorney
HOURS: Full-Time; 40 hours/week
CATEGORY: Professional Staff; Exempt
RESPONSIBLE TO: BJH Justice Center Legal Director

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Provide legal information, consultation and representation to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are program participants of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). Duties and responsibilities may be carried out in either Lackawanna or Susquehanna Counties.


1. *Provide civil representation to program participants in civil matters such as Protection From Abuse orders, child custody, child support, divorce, spousal support. *Representation may include, but not be limited to, interviews, filings, court appearances, trials, and all necessary subsequent litigation such as contempt petitions and appeals.
2. * Represent and advocate for petitioners in civil and criminal contempt cases.
3. * Refer program participants to community-based services as needed.
4. * Coordinate with WRC advocates to meet the legal needs of the program participant.
5. * Provide consultation to WRC advocates and program participants.
6. * Assist in program evaluation planning and implementation for the Justice Center.
7. * Provide support and training to law students as assigned by the Legal Director.
8. * Assist in the relations with Domestic Relations Service, the Department of Public Welfare, and other social service agencies.
9. * Build and maintain strong working relationships with advocates always working collaboratively to serve program participants.
10. * Participate in activities on a local, state and national level, specifically, but not limited to committees/networks sponsored by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
11. * Participate in any trainings required under grants funding the Justice Center.
12. * Conduct ongoing systems advocacy in either county to improve the response to victims in all relevant systems including the community, law enforcement, courts, law profession, and social service organizations.
13. * Litigate in precedent-setting cases at the trial level and on appeal, including developing litigation strategy, performing legal research, and drafting briefs.
14. * Maintain appropriate files, records and reports according to legal standards and as required by funding sources and the Legal Director.
15. * Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings and other related functions of WRC.
16. * Maintain continuing legal education (CLE) credits as required for licensure.
17. * Other responsibilities as required to further the legal and justice issues of the person being served.
*Indicates the essential job functions as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act AA/EOE
• Law degree from an accredited law school and license to practice law in Pennsylvania.
• At least one year of family law preferred.
• Applicant must successfully complete the WRC crisis intervention training within six months of hire.
• Travel is necessary and access to reliable transportation is essential, including for training and development which may necessitate being out of the area for a period of time and overnight stays.
• Must pass Act 33, Act 34, and FBI background clearances.
• Must be willing to schedule working hours to coincide with the priorities of the Center.

Deadline: December 8, 2017

Please include a Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, Salary Requirements, and List of References and email to: or mail to:

Judith Lewis, Esquire
Legal Director
BJH Justice Center
608 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510

• Location: Scranton, Scranton, PA

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