Staff Attorney

Centre County Women’s Resource Center
Civil Legal Representation Project
Job Description:  Staff Attorney
Draft Revised 12/13/11

General Description:

The Staff Attorney is responsible for the civil legal representation of victims of domestic violence.  The Staff Attorney will provide legal information, consultation and representation for program participants at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Represent clients of the CCWRC in petitioning/filing for child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, Protection from Abuse Orders, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) domestic violence waivers, and other civil matters where appropriate.

a.  Representation may include but not be limited to interviews, filings, court appearances, trials, and all necessary subsequent litigation such as contempt petitions and appeals.

b.  Advocate for CCWRC clients with the Domestic Relation Section; provide information and preparation for DRS proceedings.

  1. Maintain a conflict checking system to assure that conflict checking occurs before any advice to or representation of CCWRC clients.
  1. Maintain a file maintenance system for the law office.
  1. Collaborate with the Legal Advocates and other CCWRC direct service staff to ensure clients have information about and, where appropriate, access to the full range of services available at the CCWRC.
  1. In cooperation with the Director of the CLRP, supervise the legal work of the CLRP Paralegal/Legal Assistant.
  1. Become a member of the Centre County Bar Association and participate in its activities.
  1. Participate in the PCADV Attorney Network meetings and PCADV Legal Committee.
  1. Assist with tracking and compiling data for grant reporting.
  1. Maintain continuing legal education credits (CLE) as required for certification.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain current knowledge in the field and attend continuing education events to increase professional knowledge and effectiveness.
  1. Is under the supervision of the Director of the Civil Legal Representation Project.


  1. Law degree from an accredited law school and license to practice law in Pennsylvania.
  2. Prior experience in the practice of family and/or public interest law preferred.
  3. Ability to advise and communicate effectively with clients of different ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
  4. Individuals must commit to CCWRC’s mission of working toward social change for women and against the intersections of oppression that affect victims and survivors who seek our services. These oppressions include ageism, classism, racism, ableism, homophobia and heterosexism.  Staff members must also commit to participate in and contribute to creating an anti-racist ethic within our organization. Excellent writing and negotiating skills.
  5. Philosophy consistent with the battered women’s movement.

Must successfully complete the CCWRC counselor/advocate training program.

Must meet qualifications to receive Act 33 and 34 clearances.

This is a part time staff exempt professional position. NEED FULL-TIME STAFF ATTORNEY JOB DESCRIPTION


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