Staff Attorney

Women Against Abuse, Inc. (WAA)
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Thu, 03/22/2018
Program Summary: 
WAA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, is Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence advocate and service provider and among the largest domestic violence agencies in the country. The mission of WAA is to provide quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons experiencing intimate partner violence and to lead the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education. With over 150 staff, WAA serves over 15,000 individuals each year through emergency residential services (2 - 100 bed safe havens and 15 transitional housing apartments), legal services, hotline counseling, aftercare community based services, prevention & education, and advocacy. WAA’s Core Values are Safety, Empowerment, Strength, Hope, Respect, and Integrity and we are committed to a work environment built on honesty, transparency, teamwork, accountability, and a high level of professionalism.
Salary & Benefits: 
commensurate with experience as well as a generous, comprehensive benefit package
Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week, flexibility needed
Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
Duties and Responsibilities: Provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence across a range of issues, including protection from abuse, child custody, support and any related matter of legal significance. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following range of services: litigating cases originating as domestic violence matters; conducting client interviews, making court appearances, representing clients in trials, and performing all necessary legal work; participating in program evaluation and planning to ensure that the Legal Center is improving the legal system’s response to battered women; and providing functional supervision of Legal Center staff and interns working on assigned cases. All responsibilities are implemented according to our mission and values and according to Agency standards, including the Sanctuary Model ®.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  •  A Juris Doctorate, with a current license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is required.
  •  Familiarity with the court system in regard to domestic violence issues is strongly preferred.
  •  Experience with legal representation to victims of domestic violence is preferred.
  •  Demonstrated excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills are required.
  •  Demonstrated ability to effectively represent an advocacy agency or function is required.
  •  Demonstrated ability to organize time and detail, including keeping of records is preferred.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population is required.
  •  Demonstrated commitment to service of others is required.
  •  Bilingualism, Spanish/English is strongly preferred.
More Details: 
We are an equal opportunity employer and are dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, which may include but is not limited to candidates of color, LGBTQ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
For consideration, please send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Human Resources,
Additional Application Info: 
Location: Center City Philadelphia, local travel required.