Law Clerk Job Openings – Spring 2021– includes options for working remotely and possible In-Office Work Options
FVAP is seeking 1-3 part-time law clerks to join our small but exceptional and dynamic team in our Oakland, California office in Spring 2021. Please note that due to COVID-19 we are currently working remotely. At this point we are scheduled to work remotely through March 2021. We do not know now what the circumstances will be in the time after March so we are accepting applications for summer clerks who could only work remotely in addition to applications for clerks who could work remotely and eventually come into the office if possible. We value diverse experiences and backgrounds. FVAP’s clientele is extremely diverse, and we serve individuals and advocates throughout the state, including rural, suburban, and urban populations. The ideal candidate will bring skills and experiences enabling the candidate to serve these diverse populations adeptly in the context of domestic violence and appellate litigation.
Domestic Violence Advocates supporting Indigenous Women in the U.S. celebrated last Friday, as the United States Supreme Court upheld expansive tribal court jurisdiction in Sharp v. Murphy, in which FVAP joined an amicus brief filed by National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. This decision enables the Creek Nation in Oklahoma to prosecute non-Indians for domestic violence and other serious crimes committed on the vast majority of their tribal territory. This is a huge victory since current rates of violence against Indigenous women constitute a crisis.
We’re excited to share about a string of legal victories for survivors of domestic violence. We successfully obtained publication of 3 cases that will benefit domestic violence survivors in court. Issues covered in these cases include move out orders as part of restraining orders, overcoming the presumption that foster care is in the best interest of a child, and justifications for a restraining order because of coercive and controlling behavior.
Read the opinions via the links above, or you can read FVAP’s description of these cases in the Cases You Can Use section of our website.
We’re excited to announce “‘Coercive control’ domestic violence bill: well-intentioned, but need to be reworked” written by FVAP’s Legal Director, Nancy K.D. Lemon, and FVAP Staff Attorney, Cory Hernandez, advocating that Senate Bill 1141 not be passed was published in the Daily Journal yesterday. Unfortunately, the Bill introduces new barriers that will make it harder for many survivors to protect themselves. Our hope is that the Bill does not become law unless it is substantially amended to address its current issues.
The California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists just published an article written by FVAP Senior Managing Attorney, Shuray Ghorishi, and the Honorable Judge Mark Juhas in their journal! The article, California Penal Code 632: The Dilemma of Secretly Recorded Evidence in Family Law and Abuse Cases, explores the nuances of recorded communications in family court cases, including when a recording can and cannot be introduced into evidence.