Since 1989, ELAP has been the primary provider of volunteer pro bono legal services in East King County, working with over 200 volunteer attorneys. We look to hire individuals with a demonstrated commitment to civil legal aid and a passion for serving survivors of domestic violence in need of legal services. If you feel that your qualifications fit the description for a position listed below, we invite you to send us a résumé and cover letter for review.
DV Staff Attorney
Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is adding to our legal team! This full-time position will provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence throughout King County.
Dynamic opportunity to make equal access to justice in our community a reality. Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence (DV) throughout King County, and pro bono legal aid to low-income individuals in East King County.
Please read the qualifications (below) carefully. Before applying, you MUST have a current license to practice law in Washington State, you MUST have a passion for equal justice for marginalized communities, and you MUST have the ability to work in a holacratic organization.
- Evaluating the needs of and advising qualified low-income survivors of domestic violence through in-depth client interviews and other methods of fact-gathering (court documents, Judicial Information System (“JIS”), police reports, third parties, etc.);
- Assisting clients with drafting and filing Petitions for temporary orders, return hearings, as well as drafting any necessary additional pleadings;
- Assisting the work performed on cases by other Staff Attorneys, and rule 9/externs, including court administrative rules, working with ELAP clients, drafting pleadings, and preparing for hearings;
- Monitoring active cases to determine if additional pleadings/filings are necessary to address client safety concerns and whether additional court filings are needed to assure client safety;
- Providing limited representation of clients for filing of necessary additional petitions or motions, and representation in court through entry of Temporary Orders. Responding to or filing Motions for Reconsideration or Revision as needed and appropriate;
- Coordinating with the ELAP Staff Attorney holacracy to represent clients as efficiently as possible in the fact-gathering and representation process;
- Participating in ELAP Staff Meetings as well as ELAP Legal Staff Meetings addressing current case issues and legal topics of concern at the court or in the community;
- Attending Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) conferences identified as furthering the pursuit of ELAP’s Mission as it relates to the Staff Attorney role;
- Representing ELAP at workgroups or other meetings sponsored by agencies in the King County Civil Legal Aid and the State communities as needed;
- Coordinating with area-wide legal advocates regarding individual client needs in a team atmosphere;
- Regularly appearing in Family Law Court in King County Superior and District Courts as needed;
- Fully complying with ELAP’s Mission, Vision, Policies and Procedures and the professional responsibility rules of the Washington State Bar Association;
- Performing such other related duties as directed by the Executive Director.
- Demonstrated practical experience as an attorney in Domestic Violence and Family Law cases, including case management, drafting of pleadings, interacting with the court system, and representation of clients in court.
- MUST HAVE a current WSBA license in good standing
- Outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal skills
- Intermediate computer knowledge (including basic word processing and data entry) and database familiarity (Legal Server experience a plus)
- Collaboration and team building work style
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Self-starter, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability to problem solve and utilize available resources
- Enthusiasm for and commitment to the ELAP mission
- Bi-Lingual candidates will be given special consideration
Job Type: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Salary: $55,000.00 /year. Benefits include paid Holidays, paid vacation and sick time, matching 401k, medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, bar dues, and fully compensated CLEs.
Eastside Legal Assistance Program’s Statement on Discrimination
Eastside Legal Assistance Program is committed to a policy of pluralism and equal opportunity in an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its client communities, Board, and staff. Pluralism refers to the active promotion of mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse in work background, experience, education, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental and physical abilities, veteran status, or any other perceived differences. The resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.