Legal Advocate with Laura's House / Bilingual (Spanish speaking)
Company: Laura's House
Location: aliso viejo
Posted on: May 3, 2021
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BEST PLACES TO WORK 2019
Laura's House offers the opportunity to work for an organization
that is dedicated to the support of programs and shelter for
victims of domestic violence. We offer the chance to make a
difference and know that your work is appreciated. The workforce is
diverse, multicultural, and passionate about a cause they believe
in and united as a team to help clients in need.
The Legal Advocate is responsible for the provision of legal
advocacy services at the Domestic Violence Resource Center (Aliso
Viejo), Emergency Shelter Lamoreaux Justice Center (Orange), and
additional designated courthouse. S/he provides information and
assistance with understanding, preparing and processing the legal
forms necessary to obtain temporary restraining orders and also
provides hearing preparation and court accompaniment, to Laura's
House clients across the locations listed above. The primary
accountabilities for this position are to (1) complete legal
intakes and assessments; (2) provide restraining order preparation,
court advocacy/accompaniment, hearing preparation, information and
referral and (3) collaborate with Laura's House staff to facilitate
a treatment team approach across sites.
HOURS: Monday - Friday / 9am - 5pm
LOCATION: DVRC (Aliso Viejo) and Emergency
LEGAL ADVOCACY JOB DUTIES:
- Complete intake assessments in English and Spanish with Laura's
House clients at the Domestic Violence Resource Center, Laura's
House Emergency Shelter and Lamoreaux Justice Center.
- Assist clients with all phases of restraining order litigation,
including assessment; form preparation; filing assistance; hearing
preparation; court accompaniment to hearings and follow-up tasks
such as recommending appropriate attire for court, obtaining
records or documents, and connecting with other services providers
and justice system professionals.
- Provide crisis intervention thorough needs assessment,
comprehensive safety planning, assistance in navigating the civil
justice and social services systems, systems advocacy (help clients
cut through bureaucratic red tape), referrals, follow-up services,
and ongoing support to victims/survivors.
- Assist in maintaining accurate, current, and complete case
files on each client.
- Provide telephone and in-person consultations regarding
domestic violence restraining orders.
- Collaborate with immigration law organizations to help clients
access immigration services including U-Visa, T-Visa and VAWA
- Supervise legal advocacy volunteers and interns as needed.
- Enforce the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center's policies and
- Participate in community outreach to help raise awareness about
domestic violence and Laura's House services.
- Establish and maintain relationships with other agencies to
better serve Laura's House clients.
- Represent Laura's House at networking events.
- Other duties as assigned.
ADDITIONAL JOB DUTIES:
- Enter statistical and descriptive data for contract and other
reporting requirements as needed.
- Maintain client confidentiality by protecting client
information and ensuring that appropriate paperwork is understood
and completed by clients (e.g. consent for services forms and
release of information forms when collaborating with other
- Maintain the confidentiality of client, staff, volunteer, and
agency information. Exceptions include information pertaining to
child abuse, elder abuse, danger to self or others or in response
to an authorized release of information.
- Adhere to agency policies and protocols related to the security
of electronic client service records. Maintain the highest levels
of accuracy in record-keeping and reporting, ensuring that all
client records and documentation of outreach, training, and other
work tasks are complete and up-to-date and submitted to supervisor
- Maintain an up-to-date shared calendar as directed. Carry out
other duties as necessary to ensure organizational success. All
Laura's House staff members are encouraged to be flexible and
responsive to changes in scope of duties.
- Maintain appropriate boundaries with clients and other
- Represent the agency in a positive, professional manner at all
- Maintain a tidy, organized work area.
- Participate in agency functions as a participant or presenter
- Evening and weekend hours as needed.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor's degree in social sciences, human services or related
field or equivalent experience required.
- Experience with family violence intervention, case management,
and crisis intervention preferred.
- 40-hour domestic violence training as required by law. (may be
completed upon hiring)
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish.
- Adaptability and flexibility while working in a dynamic work
- Proficiency in MS Word and Outlook, as well as internet
research. Comfort in computer network environment.Ability to work
collaboratively in an ethnically, linguistically, and culturally
- Valid driver's license, reliable transportation and appropriate
- Completion of Live Scan.
- Employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use
hands to handle or feel, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or
crawl, talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee must
occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision
abilities required by the job include close vision, distance
vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and
ability to adjust focus.
This description reflects the principal functions of the job for
the purpose of job evaluation. It should not be construed as a
detailed description of all work requirements of the job nor shall
be construed as giving exclusive responsibility for every function
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