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Staff Attorney - Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence - Lansing

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The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is seeking a qualified candidate for its staff attorney position. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, supportive, team-based work environment impacting critical social change issues. MCEDSV is a statewide Coalition and this position will be located in our Okemos office; however for the right person, the Coalition offers flexibility and work from home options.

The staff attorney will have the following responsibilities:

Take no fewer than five complex victims’ rights cases. Ensure that the victim has full access to the justice system. These cases would be outside the normal scope of legal services and with the permission of the victim, and protecting his/her confidentiality, publish a “lessons learned” white paper for each case.

Develop a set of model best practices for representation of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and sex trafficking in the civil and criminal justice system. While all types of victimizations are of particular import, the victims of the above types of crimes have additional significant challenges within the system as their crimes are often relational and complex. Once these best practices are drafted, the lessons learned can be expanded to other types of crime.

Bring together the Michigan State Bar Association, at least two legal aid programs, service providers, and no fewer than three law school clinics to begin to create a model systemic plan statewide.

Conduct no fewer than 7 trainings for legal services and service providers on remedies for crime victims and the intersection of challenges for victims of crime between the criminal and civil justice system on a variety of legal issues facing victims, including confidentiality, legal remedies, crisis line training, trauma informed advocacy, navigating the criminal justice system, reproductive coercion, pediatric sexual assault, forensic interview, coordinated community response, stalking and online revenge porn.

Develop a brief bank of crime victims’ rights briefs, sample pleadings, sample memorandums between service providers and legal services, and other relevant best practices.

Recruit and train, in collaboration with our partners, no fewer than 50 pro bono attorneys, to be administered by the MCEDSV’s Project Attorney for critical cases statewide.

Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Michigan or be eligible to waive in or to take the February 2017 bar examination, demonstrate a commitment to victims of crime. 5 years or more experience in a non profit are preferred but not required. Public speaking or extensive oral argument experience strongly preferred. Salary from $52,000 depending on experience; and excellent leave time and employee benefits. Although the position is a grant funded position, we expect the grant to continue for a minimum of 3 years. MCEDSV is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Sarah.ProutRennie@MCEDSV.org.

The position is open until filled; applications received by January 15, 2017 will receive priority.

Date Posted: Dec 19, 2016