Job Summary Domestic staff attorneys at Utah Legal Services provide ethical and competent legal representation and client support services to clients from low income and disadvantaged communities across the state of Utah. As a member of the Family Law task force, domestic staff attorneys help victims of domestic violence with protective orders, divorce, custody and parentage cases and stalking injunctions. They help secure safety and security for our clients and their children. Domestic attorneys attend hearings and court proceedings, and are responsible for negotiation, document preparation and filing, and superior case management to achieve optimal outcomes for clients.
Key Accountabilities Client Support
Communicate with clients to determine eligibility and goals, present legal strategies and possible outcomes to clients to develop legal action plan; assess factual situations, advise client on how governing laws impact their situation.
Review cases with clients, prepare clients for hearings and legal procedures.
Advocate for clients, advise on rights and responsibilities, and provide updates on developments and case status.
Court Administration and Hearings
Attend hearings, court proceedings and mediations and present legal arguments to the court representing clients as an advocate.
Represent clients, negotiate possible settlements, mitigate consequences to clients, in court and online, during non-evidentiary hearings, case management conferences and pre-trial hearings.
Prepare, draft, edit and file court documents to implement client goals.
Ensure copies of court documents are provided to opposing counsel.
Prepare pleadings, exhibits, motions, memorandum, discovery documents, motions, responses, briefs, petitions and counter petitions as needed for case progression and resolution.
Review paralegal prepared documents, declarations, and other pleadings; ensure document compliance with grantees and regulatory governing bodies.
Manage, organize and strategically review case action.
Research records, databases, rules, regulations and state and federal statutes and laws; provide analysis and summaries to support case progression.
Review cases for merit and gather information to inform the case acceptance committee.
Update case progression, close cases and ensure casework meets the compliance requirements for Legal Services Corporation.
Attend trainings and Task Force meetings; complete appropriate CLEs.
Maintain good standing with the Utah Bar Association.
Skills and Abilities
Excellent interpersonal abilities, verbal and written communication skills.
High level of adaptability, attention to detail, strong analytic and critical thinking abilities.
Demonstration of a strong commitment to assisting individuals from disadvantaged communities.
Professional experience in Domestic/Family law and an active Utah State Bar license.
Spanish speaking preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
Admission and Good Standing within the Utah State Bar Association.
Job Compensation and Location
Starting hourly rate of $28.85/DOE
Including an excellent medical/dental/vision benefits package, employer matching 403b contributions, generous time off (21 paid days annually and 13 federal/state holidays), life insurance, paid family/medical leave, flexible scheduling and remote/hybrid work opportunities.
ULS currently has two positions available, one in our Ogden office and one in our St. George office. This job is eligible for remote work, but will include in-person representation of clients in regional district courts within assigned jurisdiction.
Job Factors/Physical Requirements
Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk working on a computer.
Application Process Interested candidates should submit a resume, a list of three professional references, including their contact information, and a letter of application explaining your interest in the position and how you would contribute to the professional culture of ULS. Applications should be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Organization Our Mission: To protect the rights of the disadvantaged and persons of limited means by legal representation, advocacy and education throughout Utah.
Equal Justice Under Law is one of our nation’s most basic principles. Economic realities leave these promises too often unfulfilled. Since our inception as a nonprofit law office in 1976, Utah Legal Services (ULS) has been committed to making equal justice a reality by providing civil legal aid services to low-income Utahans. We level the playing field, ensuring everyone has a voice in the legal system. Every year, ULS provides legal assistance and representation to move than 1,000 low-income households to address fundamental human needs including housing, family safety, and income security. More than 65 attorneys and legal professionals deliver individual and systematic client services from four regional offices in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and St. George.
Utah Legal Services believes that equal opportunity of all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization. In accordance with state and federal law, this nonprofit will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, disability, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status in hiring, promoting, demoting, trainings, benefits, transfers, layoffs, terminations, recommendations, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation.