Staff Attorney (Family Law Clinic Staff Attorney)
Penn State University
Penn State Law is seeking applications for a Supervising Attorney (SA) in the Family Law Clinic. The Clinic is an “in-house” clinic that functions as a small pro bono law firm representing low-income Pennsylvanians in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, custody, protection from abuse, child support and adoption. This position is involved in the Clinic’s direct legal services to clients and helping supervise the law students who represent those clients. Situated at Penn State’s flagship campus in University Park, Pennsylvania, the Family Law Clinic is an integral part of Penn State’s work as a land grant university serving rural Pennsylvanians while competing on a global scale with scholarship and public policy work. Examples of Family Law Clinic cases and projects include protective orders for victims of domestic violence, securing financial support and property for indigent clients in divorces, and asserting custodial rights for parents. The Supervising Attorney (SA) will work directly on these cases. The SA may also assist with running Legal Advice workshops on family law issue; and assist the Director with simulations and other skill-building exercises during the Clinic seminar class. The SA will also cover the Clinic docket during the summer session and other academic year breaks, which may include supervising student work on client matters. The SA is responsible for working together with the Faculty Director to ensure the effective management of the Clinic. During periods of student absence, the SA is entirely or partially responsible for direct casework, including communication with clients, motions and trials. Vacations will be scheduled around the requirement of maintaining effective case coverage. Some evening and occasional weekend hours will be expected. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a J.D. or L.L.B. from an ABA-accredited law school or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A J.D., admission to Pennsylvania Bar or eligibility to become a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and family law practice experience with substantial trial work preferred. In-depth knowledge of Pennsylvania family law and domestic violence required, with preference for those with experience in VAWA work and/or in certain other Clinic practice areas, specifically, divorce economic relief, child custody and support, and campus sexual assault. Must have a desire to mentor, supervise and train law students in an “in-house” clinical program; a demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with low-income communities; excellent writing, communication and organizational skills; and the ability to work effectively within diverse stakeholder communities. Areas of expertise among current staff, as compared to candidates may influence selection criteria. The successful candidate will display excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated knowledge and experience with client-centered lawyering, and outstanding legal practice skills. We seek a candidate who is creative, curious and self-motivated with an ability to anticipate issues and follow-up independently; is an exceptional strategist who can thrive in a collaborative, collegial environment and enjoys thinking through complex legal issues; and exhibits professionalism, drive and tenacity. This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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