Project Attorney


Job Description and Responsibilities: 

Standpoint has a unique opportunity for a motivated and resourceful attorney. We are seeking a project attorney to provide direct representation to victims of sexual violence in Ramsey County. Standpoint is accepting applications until October 5, 2018.

Standpoint, formerly the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, is a statewide, non-profit whose mission is to promote justice for domestic and sexual violence victims. Standpoint attorneys and advocates provide legal advice, legal advocacy, support and safety planning to victims on a daily basis. We also provide support and training to advocates and attorneys who serve victims within their own rural or metro communities.

SOS, Sexual Violence Services, is Ramsey County’s sole rape crisis advocacy agency. Services are provided 24/7/365 to primary & secondary victim of all forms of SV across the lifespan. Services include crisis response and counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; medical outreach and advocacy; legal outreach and advocacy; information, support & referrals; and emergency financial assistance.  Crisis services are provided to adult & minor victims of all forms of SV across the lifespan & are offered individually and/or within a support group.

 

Job Description and Responsibilities: The attorney will represent sexual violence victim/survivors in Ramsey County.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing direct representation to sexual violence victim/survivors in civil cases in Ramsey County, preparation of litigation materials, conducting legal research, and working collaboratively with advocates at SOS.

 

Qualifications:

* Licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota or the ability to be admitted to the Minnesota Bar within 6 months (required)

* 2 years experience providing advocacy to sexual violence victim/survivors (preferred)

* 2 years experience advocating for underrepresented communities (i.e. communities of color, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender people, migrant workers, immigrants and refugees, women used in prostitution, vulnerable adults, differently abled, etc.) (preferred)

* 1 year of experience in program or project development and implementation (preferred)

* Demonstrated writing abilities

* Computer skills

* Willingness to learn new skills and accomplish new tasks

 

Other relevant position information:

* Must be able to work closely with sexual violence advocates

* Knowledge of other language(s) is a plus  

* Knowledge of other women’s rights issues and appeals is a plus

* We encourage applications from people of color, multilingual speakers, people of all genders, veterans and people with disabilities

 

Compensation:  This is a full time position with excellent salary, health and vacation benefits. 

 

To Apply:  Interested applicants should send a cover letter discussing their interest in and qualifications for position, resume, including names of three references with telephone numbers; and one legal writing sample to:

 

Standpoint

ATTN:  Hiring Committee

1611 Park Ave. South, Suite # 2

Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 343 9842

info@standpointmn.org


CIvil Legal Advocacy Coordinator

 


Job Description and Responsibilities: 

Standpoint has a unique opportunity for a motivated and resourceful advocate.  Preference will be given to candidate submissions received by 10/1/18, but the position will remain open until filled.

 

Standpoint, formerly the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, is a statewide, non-profit whose mission is to promote justice for domestic and sexual violence victims. Standpoint attorneys and advocates provide legal advice, legal advocacy, support and safety planning to victims on a daily basis. We also provide support and training to advocates and attorneys who serve victims within their own rural or metro communities.

 

SOS, Sexual Violence Services, is Ramsey County’s sole rape crisis advocacy agency. Services are provided 24/7/365 to primary & secondary victim of all forms of SV across the lifespan. Services include crisis response and counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; medical outreach and advocacy; legal outreach and advocacy; information, support & referrals; and emergency financial assistance.  Crisis services are provided to adult & minor victims of all forms of SV across the lifespan & are offered individually and/or within a support group.

 

Standpoint is excited to hire two (2) Civil Legal Advocacy Coordinators in partnership with SOS. These two advocates will provide advocacy to victim/survivors of sexual violence in Ramsey County. They will work closely with an attorney who will be providing direct representation to victim/survivors of sexual violence.

 

Duties:

-          Provide legal advocacy & services to clients

o   Provide & coordinate crisis legal advocacy (and non-legal advocacy when necessary) and support to victim/survivors of sexual violence ensuring a high-quality service to clients

o   Perform intakes with clients, providing court accompaniment, assisting with legal paperwork, and offering information, resources, and referrals.

o   Assist clients with protective orders, court accompaniment, College or University campus conduct/administrative hearings, Crime Victim Rights enforcement, and other appropriate legal issues as needed.

o   Identify barriers, trends, gaps, and problems within the civil justice system and other systems encountered by survivors and work to address ways in which to alleviate or eliminate barriers and improve the systems-response to victims/survivors.

o   Assist in the administrative aspects of the grant & ensure that goals and objectives are met and ensuring grant goal tracking and reporting are met.

-          Provide outreach

o   Plan and provide outreach

o   Participate in multidisciplinary meetings, community initiatives, and other relationship-building projects which improve systemic outcomes for victim/survivors

-          Perform other related duties as required

-          Some driving and limited over-night travel may be required.

 

A strong applicant will have:

-          Bachelor of Arts or Science preferred; or a minimum of five years of advocacy or direct service experience in a human service agency

-          Three years of previous legal advocacy experience required

-          Prior completion of Minnesota-approved Sexual Assault Advocacy training strongly preferred

-          Experience working in non-profit or other law firm setting preferred

-          Preference will be given to applicants with Minnesota legal advocacy experience, project management, program development or who identify with an underrepresented community

-          Knowledge and experience with sexual violence issues and working with trauma victims

-          Must have the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision or direction, carry out directions carefully, and possess the ability to work independently and in complex team situations

-          Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

-          Ability to establish credibility and rapport with people from diverse backgrounds, including organizational leadership, staff, volunteers, community members, clients, the Judiciary, funders, law enforcement, and many others

-          Experience, enthusiasm, initiative, creativity, passion, commitment, and proven track record of working on anti-poverty, race equity issues, and social justice issues impacting vulnerable and underserved populations

-          Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the progressive movement. Experience in the social justice field and knowledge of civil rights issues impacting low-income and vulnerable communities

-          Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment where no two days may be the same, but where long-term projects must still be accomplished

 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is $44,000+ a year, depending on qualifications. Health and dental insurance available. Generous vacation, sick and holiday policy.

 

To apply interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:

Standpoint

ATTN:  Hiring Committee

1611 Park Ave. South, Suite # 2

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Info@standpointmn.org


Law school interns


Job Description and Responsibilities: 

Standpoint provides legal advice, technical assistance, and training to victims of domestic and sexual violence, their advocates, and their attorneys, including an annual New Laws training. This two-day training – offered in multiple locations across rural Minnesota and in the metro – requires substantial research and preparation. We rely heavily on interns to research and summarize the new state and federal statutes and caselaw that impact victims of domestic and sexual violence.

 

Throughout the year, Standpoint is regularly asked to provide legal opinions on difficult issues, requiring in-depth legal research in a variety of areas – including criminal and family law. Because we are such a small agency, we rely on interns to help us with the crucial legal research that informs our legal opinions. This research may be applied to a district court or appellate brief, a memo regarding a legislative proposal, or even local concerns experienced by domestic or sexual violence programs.

 

Standpoint staff attorneys provide supervision to interns as they gain significant legal research and writing experience. Interns are initially asked to do this work in the office, but depending on the project’s supervision needs, there may eventually be opportunities to work remotely.

 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter discussing their interest in and qualifications for position and resume to:

 

Standpoint

ATTN:  Hiring Committee

1611 Park Ave. South, Suite # 2

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Info@standpointmn.org


Standpoint is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from people of color, multilingual speakers, people of all genders, veterans, and people with disabilities.