We’re Hiring! Staff Attorney, Legal Approaches to Prevent Family Violence

 Staff Attorney, National Center on Legal Approaches to Prevent Family Violence (NCLAPFV) 

BWJP is a collective of national policy and practice centers at the intersection of gender-based violence and legal systems. BWJP’s seven national centers, including the National Center on Legal Approaches to Prevent Domestic Violence, provide some of the nation’s leading specialized policy and practice initiatives on improving survivor safety. Our work comprehensively addresses many facets of gender-based violence, such as complex family dynamics, the importance of protection orders, the risk of firearms, and how to prevent violence in the first place. It is through our many programs and partnerships that we are able to think systemically and at a community level. We know that it’s critical to maintain an intersectional lens that prevents further harm for historically marginalized communities. 

BWJP’s National Center on Legal Approaches to Prevent Family Violence (NCLAPFV) explores and promotes legal strategies that prevent family violence by addressing root causes of violence and supporting safety planning. 

What We Do: 

Provide support in the form of technical assistance, consultations, training, and assessments to communities and organizations looking to create systemic change. 

Develop research, guides, and other tools to address trends and current issues related to gender-based violence. 

Serve as a resource for local advocacy programs as well as state, Tribal and territorial coalitions interested in providing enhanced legal responses and support to survivors. 

Support appellate advocacy through legal research, analysis and writing support. 

Serve as experts for policymakers and the media. 

Identify promising practices in systems and local communities and help promote their implementation nationwide. 

Undertake special projects to identify emerging issues and ensure the resources we provide are based on the realities of all survivors. 

Develop and provide customized training using highly interactive techniques, conducted on-site, remotely, or through our learning management system, the National GBV Learning Community. 

Position Overview: 

BWJP seeks to fill a grant-funded, fully remote Staff Attorney position. Report to the Director and Deputy Director of the National Center on Legal Approaches to Prevent Family Violence, the Staff Attorney will provide foundational research, writing, and analysis on the prevention of gender-based violence through promising legal system practices and advocacy. 

Key Job Responsibilities: 

• Monitor legal and public policy developments around the country that impact civil/criminal justice responses to victim/survivors and their families, and report on these developments to BWJP staff 

• Provide research, analysis, and review of policies, legislation, and innovative practices related to prosecutorial diversion, arrest policy, pretrial practices, access to justice, language access, self-representation, legal advocacy, racial and gender bias in courts, as well as a variety of other current and trending topics 

• Organize and track BWJP policy positions and statements 

• Participate in the development, review, and editing of technical assistance materials, articles, guides, resources, and publications 

• Provide consultation and technical assistance to organizations and communities on improving legal systems 

• Present information and policy analyses in various group settings 

• Participate in the development of new and continuing grant applications 

• Compile data and maintain accurate records for reporting to funders about training and technical assistance activities and assist with reports to funders 

• Attend staff meetings and trainings, as required 

Skills and Qualifications: 

• A law degree from an ABA-accredited law school as of August 2024 

• License to practice law, or anticipated license in upcoming 12 months, from any US jurisdiction 

• Excellent knowledge of a range of legal and social issues involving gender-based violence 

• Strong communication skills with both legal and non-legal audiences 

• Strong legal research and writing skills 

• Familiarity with performing social science research, including conducting interviews and focus group discussions 

• Strong public speaking skills 

• Ability to travel overnight 4 to 6 times during the year 

• Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team in a remote environment 

• Deep commitment to ending gender-based violence and an understanding of how various forms of interpersonal and institutional power, privilege, and oppression affect the lives of domestic and sexual violence survivors 

Position: Full-time exempt 

Location: Remote 

Salary: $70,000 – $85,000 annually based on experience 

Benefits: Employer-paid individual health, dental, vision, group life, ST/LT disability 

insurance, and accident insurance, in addition to a competitive paid time off package and 5% 

401k contribution. 

How to Apply: We are accepting applications for this position on a rolling basis. However, to ensure that your application is considered, please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample by March 15, 2024, to [email protected], or BWJP, 540 Fairview Ave N, Suite 208, St. Paul, MN 55104 

BWJP is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities and encourage candidates to request accommodations if needed during the application or interview process. BWJP is committed to providing a work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. 

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