The Staff Attorney is responsible for providing holistic and trauma informed legal advice and counsel and brief services to victims of sexual violence. The Staff Attorney is expected to represent clients in court, prepare legal documents, investigate complaints, and prepare cases requiring limited representation for trial or administrative proceedings. The Staff Attorney is expected to use a holistic lens to meet the varied and unique legal needs of victims of sexual violence. Caseloads will include, but are not limited to, Title IX proceedings, sexual violence protection order petitions, sexual violence intimidation order petitions, criminal justice advocacy, landlord tenant matters, and employment discrimination matters.
The Staff Attorney will collaborate with members of other internal and external groups addressing issues of sexual violence in the courtroom and in communities throughout Pennsylvania. The office is based in Harrisburg, PA, however the position may be located in any rural county within the state of Pennsylvania. Due to COVID-19, PCAR staff is temporarily working remotely.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
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 and representation 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 and deliver representation in a trauma informed manner.
•Strong research, writing and editing skills.
•Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills.
•The ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
•Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as they apply to sexual violence prevention, intervention and services.
•Ability to provide highly skilled attention to client safety, confidentiality, empowerment, and accessibility through trauma informed legal representation.
Education and/or Experience
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.