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Family Law Staff Attorney – Domestic Violence Project


Family Law Staff Attorney – Domestic Violence Project

Job Type:

Full time.


Temporarily remote.
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY.

Job Short Description:

The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks a Family Law Attorney to work within a legal-psychosocial framework with survivors of domestic violence to provide legal representation and advocacy on custody/visitation, orders of protection, child/spousal support, and divorce. This position will work specifically with immigrant survivors of intimate partner abuse who have family law needs.


  • Law graduate, pending bar admission required. *Must have already passed a NY bar exam.
  • Fluency in Spanish or another community language required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of IPV and trauma.
  • Deep experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and highly motivated to cultivate new linkages.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Aptitude for intense and thorough negotiation and advocacy.
  • Ability to respond sensitively to clients’ urgent needs.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and the ability to apply these skills in diverse situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Interest and proclivity in working within a multi-disciplinary framework.
  • Able to travel between boroughs.
  • Able to work evenings if necessary.


The family law staff attorney, who reports to the supervising family law attorney, is responsible for the following:

  • Zealously representing non-citizen survivors on their family law needs on custody/visitation, guardianship, family offense, child/spousal support matters and uncontested divorce
  • Regularly leading legal clinics in the community
  • Working collaboratively with our advocacy team and immigration attorneys
  • Outreach, education, and know-your-rights both remotely and throughout New York City
  • Building and fostering collaborative relationships with other CBOs
  • Training and oversight of interns and volunteers
  • Maintaining statistics and funding requirements as needed


Generous vacation, medical and dental benefits are provided.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and references via email to Heather Lothrop, Esq., Supervising Family Law Attorney at hlothrop@urbanjustice.org.  Please write “FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY” in the subject heading. Please do not contact us via telephone or fax. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline:

September 30, 2022

Start Date:

October 3, 2022

Project Description:

The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of NYC’s most vulnerable citizens.  The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire a family law attorney to work with and on behalf of survivors of intimate partner abuse on family law matters. DVP’s mission is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation.  Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers, and advocates provide legal representation in affirmative and defensive immigration matters and NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, as well as providing mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.


USD $61,741 – USD $66,890 / year

This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230. The salary range for this position is $61,741.25- $66,890


We proudly serve all survivors of domestic violence, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or immigration status.

Legal Clinic Schedule

Contact Domestic Violence Project

We welcome your questions and comments

Main Office

40 Rector St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Intake line: 833.321.4DVP (833.321.4387)

Email: dvp@urbanjustice.org


M-F: 9:00AM-5:00PM

By appointment only.