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Program Attorney

Reno, NV 


Program Attorney

Family Violence and Domestic Relations

Application Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022

Starting Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000 per annum, DOE
FLSA Status: Exempt

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), a national non-profit organization headquartered in Reno, NV, is seeking a Program Attorney for the Family Violence and Domestic Relations program to build on the exceptional 84-year record of improving courts and systems’ practice and raising awareness of the core issues that touch the lives of many of our nation’s children and families. As a leader in continuing education opportunities, research, publication development, technical assistance, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the NCJFCJ is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide. For an overview of NCJFCJ’s major initiatives, please go to

The mission of the NCJFCJ is to provide all judges, courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice. The NCJFCJ values team members who are independent, creative, tenacious, resourceful, dependable, and passionate about their work. NCJFCJ team members work collaboratively in a team setting to achieve this mission.

The Family Violence and Domestic Relations’ multi-disciplinary and highly dedicated team focuses its work on improving the way courts, law enforcement agencies, and others respond to family violence while recognizing the legal, cultural, and psychological dynamics involved with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of domestic violence victims and their children.

The ideal candidate for the Program Attorney position will demonstrate exceptionally clear writing, editing, communication, and interpersonal skills as well as deep knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and related domestic violence laws pertaining to: (1) the issuance and enforcement of protection orders, full faith and credit, and firearms; (2) child custody, visitation, and support issues in family courts; and/or (3) the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment issues that arise in dependency courts.  This position does not engage in the practice of law or provide legal representation. Rather, it provides training and technical assistance for grant-funded programs.  Additionally, it serves to provide leadership in the initiation, maintenance, and completion of program activities; and researches, conceptualizes, and develops ideas and curricula for trainings, workshops, presentations, webinars, and conferences related to the provision of program activities.  This position is most significantly responsible for conducting legal research and analysis on domestic violence policies, laws, and procedures and the implementation of the same, and produces technical assistance briefs, updates, reports, tip sheets, fact sheets, podcast scripts, and bench cards based on the research and analysis.

The key desirable and preferred requirements for this position include:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Two years of experience in the area of domestic violence law
  • Deep commitment to racial equity and access to justice
  • Experience coordinating with teammates, program partners, and consultants in developing and implementing curriculum for adult learners
  • Skilled at delivering up-to-date legal and policy research in a timely and efficient manner
  • Familiarity with updating legislative publications and providing technical assistance for workshops and training sessions
  • Ability to independently develop written products, cultivate stakeholder interest and involvement, and revise in response to expert feedback
  • A demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects and priorities, track compliance with grant deliverables/budgets, communicate about progress, and meet deadlines
  • Strong PC-based computer skills
  • Effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Some travel and evening/weekend/holiday work is required
  • A passion for working in a non-profit, grant-funded environment

This full-time Program Attorney position is located in Reno, Nevada.  With a population of over 268,500, Reno is the largest city in Northern Nevada. It is nestled on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and provides unlimited indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Spectacular Lake Tahoe and the world’s largest concentration of ski facilities are all within a fifty-mile radius. Biking, camping, fishing, and mountain climbing are all activities Reno residents and visitors enjoy.  For more information please visit The successful candidate for this position must be able to travel to and relocate to Reno, Nevada.  The NCJFCJ is not able to provide reimbursement for interview travel or relocation expenses.

For more information regarding the work experience, educational requirements and essential job functions, please refer to the Program Attorney job description attached.

The NCJFCJ offers a benefit package that includes medical/dental/vision/prescription coverage for full-time employees and their dependents, life insurance, and retirement savings plan with employer match after one year of employment. If you are a dynamic and professional individual who appreciates demanding yet gratifying work, we invite you to submit your completed application materials.

FOR FULL CONSIDERATION, applicants must submit the following no later than January 31, 2022:

  • Tailored Letter of Interest
  • Résumé or CV
  • NCJFCJ Application form, and
  • Writing Sample (not to exceed 10 pages; a law review or journal article, policy paper, or newsletter/magazine article is preferred)


~ NCJFCJ is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer ~


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