Legal Advice and Counsel
Provide information to victims of sexual violence regarding the legal rights and remedies available to them as victims of crime. Frequently this advice and counsel will take place over the telephone. Additionally the Staff Attorney will be responsible for providing appropriate referrals to local community resources, including alternative methods of available legal assistance. The Staff attorney will make every effort to connect clients with rape crisis centers for safety planning where safety is an identifiable issue.
The Staff Attorney will provide short-term legal services to victims of sexual violence. The Staff Attorney in conjunction with the administrative staff of the Legal Department will be responsible for obtaining the required written, informed consent for limited representation. The Staff Attorney must be committed to a holistic approach to identify and resolve the legal needs of victims of sexual violence.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Litigation experience.
• Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as they apply to sexual violence prevention, intervention and services.
A law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; a current Pennsylvania law license demonstrating current eligibility to practice law in Pennsylvania. A minimum of three years’ experience in the practice of law, including significant courtroom experience, is preferred.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of Pennsylvania civil law and practice related to sexual violence, particularly protection order, Title IX, child protective service mandated reporting laws, criminal law and privileged communications law, as well as an understanding of the access and representation issues confronted by victims of sexual violence in civil courts.
Demonstrated knowledge of sexual violence, an understanding of related issues, and a commitment to ending sexual violence.
1. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously and ability to meet strict deadlines. Ability to identify and respond to shifting priorities.
2. Must be a self-starter that can work within a team and fast-paced environment and handle a variety of tasks with multiple deadlines. Must be very detail-oriented and work with minimal supervision.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must possess excellent project management, organizational and negotiation skills. Excellent customer service skills.
4. Demonstrated sensitivity and ability to collaboratively work with individuals and groups from diverse populations and organizations. Ability to maintain cooperative and professional demeanor with rape crisis centers, coalitions, agency staff/board, council members, vendors, consultants, allied professionals and the general public. Must be able to foster positive working relationships with people and create a respectful and open accessible environment.
5. Must have proficiency with the technology necessary for the functions of the position.
6. Accept and abide by the mission and core values of PCAR.
7. Must be willing to complete a Pennsylvania rape crisis center sexual assault victim counselor training, if not already completed in the past 3 years.
8. Availability to travel statewide, some overnights and weekends. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, insurance, and reliable vehicle.