Paralegal – Elder, Health & Disability Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an AA/EO/accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a paralegal to work in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit. The Unit represents elders, people with disabilities, and families to ensure that they have income, health care, and services needed to live independently in the community. The Unit’s work includes access to SSI income for children and adults, access to affordable health care for all, and representation of elders in benefits and housing matters. Our special projects include: Medicare Advocacy Project, Elder Abuse Prevention Project, Children’s Disability Project, and School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project. The Unit’s work includes keeping people out of institutions and improving the quality of life for those who live in institutions. We empower people to make decisions about their lives and support people with disabilities in their fight for accessibility.

The candidate will work on a range of unit work. A significant portion of the paralegal’s work will involve client representation including administrative hearings in Social Security matters. The paralegal may also work on cases relating to denials and terminations of SNAP, EAEDC, TAFDC, Medicare and MassHealth. The paralegal may also provide support on elder housing and abuse prevention cases as well as children’s school suspension cases.

The position involves responsibility for client cases under the supervision of unit attorneys including interviewing, investigating facts, assessing the merits of a case, research and analysis of law, drafting of written and oral legal arguments, and preparation for and handling of administrative hearings with examination of witnesses including medical experts. The position may also involve assisting in litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, supervising student and volunteer interns, and community legal education.

Qualifications include: good communication skills, writing, organizational, and oral presentation skills; ability to read, analyze, and synthesize large volumes of medical and other records; and strong demonstrated commitment to anti-poverty and civil rights work. Experience advocating for low-income people and working to advance social justice preferred. Spanish fluency/proficiency is a plus.

The salary for this position is based on a union scale. GBLS provides excellent benefits, including health and dental. Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-Para, when applying for this position. Deadline: October 24, 2018 or until the position is filled.

Staff Attorney – Elder, Health and Disability Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an AA/EO/accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.

Greater Boston Legal Services has an opening for a staff attorney to work in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit. The staff attorney’s responsibilities will include assisting elders with the full range of housing and state and federal public health and income benefits work. The housing work will include representing elder tenants facing eviction in local district and housing courts and may include representing individual tenants facing Section 8 terminations. The staff attorney will also handle hearings on denials and terminations of SSI/SSDI, SNAP, EAEDC, TAFDC, Medicare and MassHealth. The responsibilities may involve administrative advocacy and legislative work on housing or public benefits issues.

Qualifications: Candidate must be admitted to the Mass. Bar or comity with no more than 2 years of legal experience. A commitment to social justice and some legal experience in poverty law are required. Knowledge of housing law and/or federal (SSI/SSDI, Medicare) or state benefits (TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP, EA shelter, MassHealth) is preferred. Fluency in Spanish or Haitian/Creole is preferred but not required.

Salary is based on a union scale. Generous benefits package. Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-Atty when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by October 24, 2018.

Supervisory Attorney – Family Law Unit – Northeast Legal Aid

Northeast Legal Aid seeks a Supervisory Attorney to supervise and direct the work of its Family Law Unit. Responsibilities and Qualifications listed below. Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities:
1. Supervises and directs the work of staff members in the Family Law Unit.
2. Prepares annual written evaluations of Family Law staff attorneys and paralegals.
3. Undertakes regular case and caseload reviews with members of Family Law Unit.
4. Assigns cases to Family Law Unit members.
5. Oversees the development of Family Law Unit priorities and work plans.
6. Oversees Family Law Unit meetings.
7. Ensures Family Law Unit has access to appropriate research and technological tools.
8. Prepares grant reports and grant applications regarding Family Law Unit matters.
9. Participates in hiring and disciplinary decisions for Family Law Unit members.
10. Mentors/co-counsels cases with staff attorneys as appropriate.
11. Ensures Family Law Unit members are adequately trained.
12. Seeks to enhance participation of private pro bono lawyers in Family Law Unit endeavors through trainings, clinics, helplines and other activities.
13. Keeps apprised of legislative and case law developments in family law and communicates these developments to members of the Family Law Unit.
14. May maintain a limited caseload of family law cases including particularly complex cases.
15. Performs other managerial duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
1. Minimum five years family law experience.
2. Licensed as an attorney in the Commonwealth or eligible for prompt admission by waiver.
3. Experience assisting survivors of domestic violence, supervisory experience or experience in legal aid or public interest work helpful.
4. Bilingual abilities (Spanish-English or Khmer-English) helpful

Economic Fairness Project Coordinator – Volunteer Lawyers Project

POSITION: Economic Fairness Project Coordinator
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
REPORTS TO: Project Staff Attorney
DEPARTMENT: Employment and Consumer Law
LOCATION: Volunteer Lawyers Project, 7 Winthrop Square, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
This is a temporary grant funded position for a full-time Project Coordinator to assist a VLP staff attorney and VLP volunteers at the Wage Theft Clinic and Small Claims Debt Collection clinics. The grant goes through November, 2019. The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is a private nonprofit organization that provides legal representation in civil matters to low-income people in greater Boston primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys.

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s Degree

PREFERRED:
– Facility with technology including Microsoft Office programs, database and web content management systems.
– Prior work with organization serving low-income clients.
– Fluency in second language

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
REQUIRED:
– Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
– Excellent administrative and organizational skills. Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
– Ability to work independently and to coordinate efforts with colleagues
– Ability to travel to Greater Boston District Court locations on public transportation or by car.
– Reliability, good judgment, and flexibility.
– Ability to write clearly and concisely.
– Commitment to access to justice for all.

PREFERRED:
– Prior experience in legal services or law office.
– Prior experience with project coordinating or managing.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
– Heavy use of computer
– Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer

PREFERRED:
– Ability to travel for trainings

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
– Strong organizational skills
– Ability to meet deadlines
– Ability to work independently
– Ability to learn and use case management systems.
– Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with staff at outside organizations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
– Coordinate, take notes and run weekly Project staff meetings.
– Help keep track of project deliverables.
– Create training manuals and other materials.
– Keep project files organized.
– Assist with project reports.
– Attend weekly clinics at courts and the Wage Theft Clinic
– Conduct intakes of new clients at the clinics.
– Open new cases in database and maintain office databases; perform regular reports and data reviews.
– Attend trainings as needed for professional development.
– Schedule trainings for volunteer attorneys.

SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED (number of direct reports): 1-3 interns

SUPERVISION TO BE RECEIVED (indicates nature of supervision to be exercised over this position in terms of types of guidance and control and instructions given). Weekly meeting with Project staff.

Please submit resume and cover letter here by October 12, 2018.

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Paralegal – AOP/Employment Law Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) has a position for a paralegal position in the AOP/Employment Law Unit to represent low wage workers including Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients with unemployment insurance (UI) cases and to oversee the unit’s hiring and supervision of student interns and volunteers handling these cases.

Job duties include overseeing the representation of a high volume of clients in UI cases at the Department of Unemployment Assistance and the Board of Review. This involves reviewing UI intakes on a daily basis to determine which cases should be referred and which should be handled in-house — including identifying those cases that are important for the unit’s systemic advocacy goals. The paralegal is also expected to handle his/her own UI caseload under the supervision of a Senior Attorney. The paralegal’s responsibilities also include hiring law interns including reviewing all resumes, interviewing candidates, attending job fairs, writing letters for funding support, and assisting in evaluations of students’ work. Once students are hired, the paralegal will be required to train students and volunteers in unit protocols including file maintenance and intakes, disseminate training materials, ensure a wide-range of advocacy opportunities, and oversee work assignments.

Qualifications: The paralegal should have: 1) experience in representing clients in adversarial (2 party) administrative hearings; 2) experience with and/or commitment to working with LEP low-income clients; 3) excellent writing skills; and 4) supervision skills. Bilingual ability in Spanish is strongly preferred but skills in other languages are also highly valued.

Salary is based on union scale. GBLS provides a generous benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating the reason for interest in this position, and resume to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EMP- PARALEGAL Application deadline: October 1, 2018 or until position is filled.

Staff Attorney (3 positions) – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.

In addition to a generalist attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks to hire two attorneys to fill temporary, full-time positions in its Family Law Unit; one attorney to provide family law legal services to and on behalf of victims of domestic violence in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS services area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties) and in related legislative, administrative and systemic efforts; and one generalist attorney to work with a team that provides civil legal aid under a grant supporting the collaborative delivery of services to victims of crime across Massachusetts.

Generalist Attorney: The Generalist Attorney will provide legal services in multiple areas of substantive law including but, not limited to, landlord/tenant, public benefits, employment benefits, consumer law, and family law. This attorney will be providing services under a grant for at least one year. The position may be reassigned to another substantive unit after a year. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar or comity; Minimum three (3) years’ and no more than five (5) years’ experience in at least three of the noted subject areas. Job Code: CLAVC-GA

Family Law Attorney: The attorney will work in the Family Law Unit to provide legal services to and on behalf of victims of crime in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS’s service area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties) and in Abuse Prevention Proceedings in all courts in the GBLS service area. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar for no more than three (3) years; and experience working with low income clients. Job Code: CLAVC-FLA

Long-Term Temporary Family Law Attorney (1 year position): The attorney will work in the Family Law Unit to provide legal services to and on behalf of victims of crime in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS’s service area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties) and in Abuse Prevention Proceedings in all courts in the GBLS service area. Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar or comity; minimum five (5) years’ but not more than seven (7) years’ experience in Family Law; experience working with low income clients. Job Code: LTT-FLA

Other information: The time period for these positions have the potential to be extended depending on program needs. Bilingual capacity a plus. Must be able to drive to courts and events in other counties and parts of the state.

Salary is based on a union scale. GBLS offers a generous benefits package and a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to the Job Codes as stated above when applying for these positions. Deadline is September 20th or until position is filled.

Staff Attorney – Northeast Justice Center

Northeast Justice Center, a subsidiary of Northeast Legal Aid, seeks a staff attorney for its Immigration Unit. Bilingual (Spanish-English) required; experience working with children seeking legal status in U.S. helpful.  Please send a resume, two references and a cover letter to creardon@nla-ma.org.   Equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Veterans Intake & Pro Bono Coordinator, Veterans Legal Clinic – Harvard Law School

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC) seeks to hire a part-time Veterans Intake & Pro Bono Coordinator to work in the Veterans Legal Clinic. The Clinic—through which Harvard Law students receive hands-on lawyering opportunities—provides direct legal representation to low-income disabled veterans and their families. The Clinic maintains a diverse docket of cases, including appeals involving federal and state veterans benefits, discharge upgrade and correction of military records cases, and estate planning matters. The Clinic practices before agencies, in state and federal court, and before Department of Defense tribunals. Many of the Clinic’s cases raise cutting-edge issues involving the rights of disabled veterans. The Veterans Intake & Pro Bono Coordinator will work closely with clients and Clinic attorneys and will have various responsibilities, including conducting initial client intake phone calls and meetings; screening cases for eligibility; gathering and organizing client documents; maintaining case files; liaising with pro bono attorneys, referral organizations, and other third parties; helping to manage the Clinic’s docket; maintaining the Clinic’s case management system; contributing to community outreach and engagement efforts; and providing administrative support in other respects to the Clinic’s mission. The position represents a unique opportunity to join Harvard Law School’s clinical program, to work in a dynamic public interest and clinical teaching law office, to serve the veterans community, and to develop administrative and advocacy skills. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements: At least one year relevant experience and strong commitment to serving the veterans community.

Additional Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required
– Strong preference for candidates who are veterans or otherwise have a personal connection to the military/veterans community
– Demonstrated interest in working with the veterans community
– Commitment to serving low-income communities and persons with disabilities
– Excellent written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills; superior managerial skills; strong attention to detail; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and legal case management systems
– Ability to thrive in a high-volume public interest litigation practice
– Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple priorities
– Ability to work well independently and as part of a team

Additional qualifications can be found here.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted via Harvard’s Human Resources website. The posting and online application portal can be found here (Position ID# 46710BR).

About the Legal Services Center: Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in the City of Boston, we are a community-based clinical law program of Harvard Law School. Through five clinical offerings—Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, Housing Clinic, Veterans Legal Clinic, and Federal Tax Clinic—and numerous pro bono initiatives we provide essential legal services to low-income residents of Greater Boston and in some instances, where cases present important law reform opportunities, to clients outside our service area. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical needs of the community. Since 1979, we have engaged in cutting-edge litigation and legal strategies to improve the lives of individual clients, to seek systemic change for the communities we serve, and to provide law students with a singular opportunity to develop fundamental lawyering skills within a public interest law setting. To these ends, we actively partner with a diverse array of organizations, including healthcare and social service providers and advocacy groups, and continually adapt our practice areas to meet the changing legal needs of our client communities. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, and pursue with passion our twin goals of teaching law students and advocating for clients. To learn more, please visit www.legalservicescenter.org/

Part-Time Legal Content Editor(s) for Statewide Website – Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

MassLegalServices.org (MLS) is the online poverty law library and collaboration resource for legal services advocates in Massachusetts. We are seeking one or more independent contractors to develop materials related to the legal needs of victims of crime for the family, housing, consumer, employment and other substantive law library sections on MLS. We want someone who is eager and willing to:
– Create, develop, organize and edit legal content, including cases, briefs, memoranda, frequently asked questions, advocacy toolkits and online resources, that will help attorneys representing victims of crime with their related legal needs to practice more efficiently and effectively;
– Train and reach out to attorneys practicing in this area of law on how to contribute to and use the MLS website;
– Potentially develop client oriented materials for www.MassLegalHelp.org;
– Perform other tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate for this role will:
– Have a minimum of 3 to 5 years legal experience in one or more substantive law areas relevant to the civil legal needs of victims of crime, particularly family, housing, consumer, employment, public benefits, and/ or privacy rights. JD preferred;
– Have superb writing, editing and legal research skills;
– Be web savvy, with a high degree of comfort with technology and a variety of software programs; prior experience with content management systems, particularly Drupal, preferred;
– Be a self-starter, with a demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as well as a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
– Have a strong commitment to the legal needs of victims of crime.

How to Apply:
Send a resume and cover letter to Rochelle Hahn, rhahn@mlri.org. Resumes will not be accepted without a cover letter. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Compensation:
We anticipate that the editor(s) should expect to work between 30 and 40 hours per month on this project, at an hourly rate that will depend on experience, although hours may fluctuate throughout the year. The preferred start date will be in October 2018.

MLRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation or fender orientation or expression.

Staff Attorney, Immigration Law – Central West Justice Center

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, seeks a long-term temporary staff attorney to work for two years under a special grant to protect the rights of our immigrant community members. The attorney will join a vibrant, talented team that provides legal assistance in a range of humanitarian-based immigration law matters, including but not limited to removal defense, VAWA petitions, U and T visas, SIJS petitions, and asylum cases. The attorney will be based in CWJC’s Springfield office and will assist clients who live in central and western Massachusetts. The attorney will engage in critically important community outreach, including know-your-rights trainings, and will assist in the preparation of periodic grant reports.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar, or eligible to sit for next Mass. Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Mass. practice rule. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish required. Prior experience in immigration law strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities strongly preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important.

Please submit cover letter and resumes to: emessier@cla-ma.org, or mail to Eileen Messier, HR Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. EOE.