Oct 22, 2019

Staff Attorney, Los Angeles Nonprofit

  • Jenesse Center
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Legal Legal Aid and Advocacy Women causes

Job Description

Jenesse Center, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to provide direct legal services, including limited scope representation, to low income, un-served and underserved victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes, accessing Jenesse Center’s emergency shelter, transitional living, and drop-in programs. Under the supervision of a Managing Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for handling all aspects of their family law cases involving matters such as divorce, paternity, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and domestic violence restraining orders, and in appropriate cases providing limited scope representation in court proceedings.  This position is foundation funded through October, 2020.  Jenesse Center will actively seek renewal of funding and/or alternative funding sources to retain position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Case Assessment and Strategy Development

  • Conduct client interviews to assess case for services;
  • Perform legal research and draft legal pleadings and documents;

Client Advocacy

  • Represent clients in their family law matters including, but not limited to petitions for dissolution of marriage, petitions to establish paternity, custody, visitation, and child support, and applications for Domestic Violence Protection Orders pursuant to Jenesse Center case acceptance criteria;
  • Provide individualized, holistic, trauma-informed services to clients, including connecting clients to non-legal community-based services.

Case Management

  • Ensure timely and accurate case file maintenance, including electronic records;
  • Maintain good working relationships with clients through frequent, proactive communication;
  • Calendar court events/client visits and meet all case deadlines;
  • Collect and report case-related data in case management system;
  • Comply with agency protocols and grant requirements regarding data tracking and reporting pertaining to client demographics, legal issues presented, and services provided.

Other Responsibilities

  • Complete grant-required forms and reports;
  • Follow all Jenesse Center policies and procedures and standards of professional responsibility;
  • Participate in mandatory staff trainings and meetings and perform other duties as assigned;
  • Represent Jenesse Center’s Legal Services Department at inter-departmental, city, county, state, regulatory, civic or community organization meetings and outreach events;
  • Work with Managing Staff Attorney to support Jenesse Center Legal Services Department programs and projects.


  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Membership in good standing with the State Bar of California.
  • Minimum of 2 years of practical, direct experience practicing family law with a particular focus on domestic violence cases.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is mandatory.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Two (2) years of practical, direct experience working on family law cases with a particular emphasis on cases impacted by domestic violence.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide trauma-informed services.
  • Experience working with victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills are a must.
  • Attention to detail and superior written and oral communication and advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and/or victim’s rights.
  • Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds and all levels of personnel.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range is $65,000 — $75,000, commensurate with experience. Jenesse Center offers full-time staff a generous benefits package, including 100% employer paid medical (employees only, dependents 50%), paid sick and vacation leave. Employees also have the option to participate in a contributory 401(k) retirement plan, and dependent care and health flex savings accounts (FSA).

About the Organization: Founded in 1980, Jenesse is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit domestic violence intervention and prevention organizations in South Los Angeles. Jenesse’s mission is to restore, and provide trauma informed, culturally responsive holistic, comprehensive services to survivors and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence; and to advance prevention modalities to sustain healthy and safe communities free of violence. Jenesse’s multi-disciplinary shelter staff provides services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. We foster a wellness based and culturally responsive community by providing an array of supportive services.

Established in 1999, Jenesse Center's Legal Services Program provides a full complement of direct legal services to clients in Jenesse's residential and drop-in programs. Services range from brief counsel and advice to representation in family law and administrative immigration matters. Legal services are provided as part of a comprehensive, holistic approach designed to help families transition from crisis to safety, stability, and self-reliance. Since 2001, Jenesse's Domestic Violence Clinic at the Inglewood Courthouse - one of the first in Los Angeles run by a domestic violence intervention program - offers free assistance to members of public seeking domestic violence protection orders. Our work extends to the community at large through a number of pro bono initiatives.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Alyson Messenger via email to amessenger@jenesse.org with “In-House Staff Attorney Position” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Jenesse Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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