House of Ruth Maryland, Inc.


The House of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation's leading intimate partner violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.

Services provided at the House of Ruth Maryland include legal advice and representation, counseling, emergency shelter, community education and outreach and abuse intervention programming.  Nearly 9,000 victims received services from the House of Ruth Maryland in 2015.

 

Founded:  1977 Headquartered:  Baltimore Contact:  Erika Buffaloe
Phone:  (410) 889-0840 Website:  www.hruth.org
Legal Advocate

Location: Baltimore

Years of Experience: 2-5 Years
Department: VICTIM SERVICES Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree
Full/Part Time: Full Time Hours per Week: 40
Shift: Day Shift Job Type: Regular

Description:

The Legal Advocate provides first contact to victims of intimate partner violence seeking legal services, including protective orders, peace orders, and divorce and custody representation. The Legal Advocate provides legal information, referrals, and advocacy to clients.  The Legal Advocate conducts an intake with each client, obtaining demographic information, a description of recent and prior abuse incidents, and details about the relief requested in the client’s legal case, conducts a lethality assessment and creates a safety plan with each client.  The Legal Advocate provides referrals to social services, housing and shelter assistance, mental health care services, and other crisis intervention services.  The Legal Advocate participates in the identification of systemic obstacles for victims of intimate partner violence, and assists in formulating a plan and strategies for the removal of those obstacles.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Conduct intakes and provide legal information, referrals, and advocacy services to victims of intimate partner violence.
• Conduct a lethality assessment and help every client create an individualized safety plan.
• Assist victims of intimate partner violence to complete petitions for protective and peace orders, modifications, extensions, divorce and custody complaints and answers, and other legal documents.
• Explain how to file for a protective/peace order and how to file criminal charges.
• Provide information to clients in order to allow clients to represent themselves in protective and peace order proceedings.
• Present client information to POARP attorneys and advocate for representation of clients in those cases.
• Present client information to divorce/custody attorneys and advocate for representation of clients in their family law cases.
• Advocate orally and in writing on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence in various environments.
• Assist in trial preparation under the supervision of an attorney.
• Accurately conduct conflict checks for persons seeking services from the Legal Clinic.  
• Act as a liaison between clients who are witnesses in criminal cases and the local State’s Attorney’s Offices.
• Accompany clients to court for civil and criminal proceedings.
• Travel to all courthouse offices to assist attorneys by conducting intakes, answering phones, and other duties as assigned.
• Complete requirements of all grants, including written reports in a timely manner.

• Maintain and update electronic shared calendar regarding client intakes and upcoming protective and peace order proceedings.
• Acquire and maintain knowledge of family and intimate partner violence law.
• Recruit, train, and supervise interns and volunteers to provide victim advocacy services.
• Conduct follow-up surveys and research inquiries regarding efficacy of representation service.
• Provide clerical and administrative support to courthouse and HRM offices
• Provide back-up to paralegals and secretaries.
• Create and maintain manual of referrals and resources for use by the agency.
• Assist in fundraising efforts as needed.
• Participate in trainings (in person and online) to stay current on intimate partner violence issues and advocacy.
• Publicize and educate victims of intimate partner violence about services offered.
• Publicize, educate, train and provide technical assistance to Clinic staff, probation officers, community organizations, court personnel and other agencies as requested, including weekends and evenings.
• Develop and maintain liaisons with court personnel, community, criminal justice system and other agencies that assist victims of intimate partner violence.
• Other duties as assigned.


Skills:

Experience/Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree, law degree, or equivalent advocacy experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge, skills and ability to assist and advocate on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence in various environments. 
• Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including clients, House of Ruth staff, and members of the community. 
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks at one time. 
• Computer literate (MS Word, internet, email). 
• Ability to travel among HRM offices and courthouse offices. 
• Ability and willingness to implement management decisions which s/he has not participated in making. 
• Ability to function with limited supervision.
• Ability to understand intimate partner violence and how it affects the client population.
• Ability to pass a criminal background check.
• Ability to advocate on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence.
• Ability to meet intake and outreach goals and program objectives in a fast-paced environment as set by the Clinic Director.
• Ability to complete requirements of all grants, including written reports, in a timely manner.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
• Demonstrates knowledge of civil and domestic law and familiarity with criminal law by conducting and participating in trainings.
• Ability to master information technology by accurately inputting and retrieving information from the computer for data entry, word processing, calendar management, e-mailing, and other functions in a timely manner.
• Ability to effectively manage high volume of volatile case in a timely manner.
• Ability to create and timely update referral manual each quarter.
• Ability to perform other duties as assigned by the Clinic Director.
• Ability to understand intimate partner violence and how it affects the client population.


Language Requirements: English Manages Others: No
Career Level: Entry Level Travel Required: Negligible
Pay Comments: Depends on Experience
Benefits:  Dental Insurance
Employee Assistance Plan
Medical Insurance
Paid Time Off
Retirement Savings and Planning
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Mental Health Coverage
Prescription Drug Coverage
Vision Insurance

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