Staff Attorney – Aspen, CO
The Staff Attorney is responsible for litigation and providing legal advice to our clients. The Staff Attorney will also provide support to the Executive Director in fundraising, general operations, and community relations.
Direct Litigation (with an emphasis on Protection Order cases) — Develop, investigate and litigate cases at both the trial and appellate level (if necessary); Perform legal research, draft pleadings, motions, and briefs, engage in discovery, make oral argument, and try cases.
Serve as Alpine Legal Service’s contact person for Advocate Safehouse and RESPONSE – Answer questions regarding protection orders as well as ensuring that victims either receive or are directed to agencies that can meet their needs.
Represent Alpine Legal Services at county Domestic Violence Coalition team meetings — Participate as necessary to ensure Alpine Legal Services is working effectively and efficiently with other agencies/organizations which provide assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Training for Victim Advocates — Provide training to social service agencies and community agencies to educate and facilitate referrals and maximize the utilization of the civil process to assist victims.
Assist clients in obtaining the requisite Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS) paperwork for minors who are eligible victims.
Volunteer Attorneys – Assist in the recruitment of volunteer attorneys in our client area, monitor the progress of cases handled by volunteer attorneys, and assist volunteer attorneys as needed.
Intake – Perform client intake via interviews and phone as needed. Review requests for legal assistance from throughout the geographical area to ensure they are properly evaluated and prioritized.
Maintain Records — Enter and maintain data on clients in our client database system.
Public Advocacy – Engage in public speaking, respond to media inquiries, make presentations to community and client groups.
Supervision – Assist in the supervision of intake volunteers, law student interns, and administrative staff.
Administrative – Assist the Executive Director as needed in the general operations of the organization.
Education and Experience Requirements
Education: JD from an accredited law school and eligibility to be licensed in Colorado.
Experience: A minimum of two years of legal management service experience or equivalent. Should have a demonstrated understanding of domestic violence and the laws protecting victims.
Skills: Strong leadership, management, litigation, and organizational skills. Requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment, and professional demeanor. Must be able to work independently within a team setting. Ability to speak Spanish strongly preferred.
Equipment to be Used: Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, a copying machine, etc.
Typical Physical Demands: Sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Frequent lifting up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines. The normal range of hearing and vision. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Typical Mental Demands: Able to deal with stress associated with a fast-paced work environment and multi-tasking. Formulate decisions and act upon them. Adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas. Communicate with various personalities at all levels. Maintain confidentiality of all sensitive information. The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working Conditions: Works in a typical office setting. May require work hours in excess of 40 in a given workweek in order to meet deadlines or to accommodate outreach and fundraising events. Travel (via airplane, car or train, as appropriate) may be required to other offices of the organization.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a Statement of Interest and Resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpine Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.