The Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) seeks an experienced domestic violence attorney to join DV LEAP’s efforts to create legal system reform through trauma-informed, client-centered appellate litigation, training and policy initiatives.
DV LEAP makes the law work for survivors of domestic violence by fighting to overturn unjust trial court outcomes through expert appellate advocacy. Despite numerous legislative and policy reforms designed to increase their safety, survivors are still too often denied critical legal protections in court. Appellate review has been remarkably successful in correcting trial court errors, but appeals are infrequent due to high cost and specialized expertise requirements. Without systematic and sophisticated appellate litigation to hold them to the law, many trial courts will continue to deny survivors safety and justice. DVLEAP fills this vacuum in existing legal advocacy by providing pro bono appeals and amicus briefs as well as training and strategic assistance to survivors, lawyers and courts. DV LEAP is located in the District of Columbia but partners with pro bono law firms to take cases across the country.
Please look around our website, www.dvleap.org for additional information about our work.
Position Description: Under the supervision of DVLEAP’s legal director, the staff attorney will:
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
Salary and Benefits:
The starting salary is $62,000 and includes a generous benefits package.
The application should include
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.Application deadline is January 21, 2020.
Send applications to the attention of Flora Patel: Flora@dvleap.org
DV LEAP has a non-discrimination policy and encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.