NOTE: MLAC is not involved in the hiring at legal aid programs. Please follow the application instructions provided for each position.
Legal Aid Program and Related Openings
If you work for a legal aid program in Massachusetts and would like to post a job on behalf of your organization, please contact Catherine Rizos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Full-Time Immigration Attorney – One Year Term – Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
• Staff Attorney – Housing Law – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
• Long Term Temporary Attorney – Immigration Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Long Term Temporary Staff Attorney – Housing Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Part-Time Paralegal – Asian Outreach Project – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Part-Time Pro Bono Coordinator – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Staff Attorney – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Full-Time Intake Supervisor – MetroWest Legal Services
• Legal Aid Staff Paralegal – Northeast Justice Center
• Staff Lawyer – Northeast Justice Center
• Paralegal – Northeast Legal Aid
• Bilingual Paralegal – Volunteer Lawyers Project
• Legal Advocate (2 positions) – Volunteer Lawyers Project
The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) is accepting applications for a part-time Data Assistant to support MLAC’s Director of Data and Policy Analysis in gathering and maintaining the data necessary to create detailed reports for several data-based projects which support MLAC-funded programs providing civil legal aid to low-income individuals and families threatened with foreclosure.
The Data Assistant will be responsible for:
• importing electronic data and identifying and resolving inconsistencies in data and other data problems (sometimes through communication with legal services program staff);
• consolidating data from reports and other materials;
• supporting the development of data through outside sources including Census.gov; and
• supporting the development of or creating regular reports and materials.
The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills including facility with numbers, a high level of attention to detail, and substantial experience with data and databases.
Skills and Experience:
MS Office products proficiency is required with exceptional experience in Excel and solid experience with data and databases such as Access and Salesforce. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
Knowledge of and experience with legal services and/or human services is a plus, as is experience working with issues of low-income people and diverse communities.
The Data Assistant must commit to working at least 14 hours per week. Compensation, including prorated fringe benefits, is competitive, depending on experience.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter noting where they learned of the position and a resume in Word or PDF to Danielle Hines-Graham, Operations Manager, at email@example.com. Please write “Data Assistant” in the Subject line. No phone calls, please.
MLAC was established in 1983 to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation. It is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth. A crucial part of MLAC’s vision is supporting cultural and linguistic competence, as well as ensuring diversity of staff and volunteers so clients can be best served. More information is at www.mlac.org.
MLAC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities on request. MLAC is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM) is seeking a full-time staff attorney for a one-year term to provide immigration legal assistance and related advocacy services to indigent children and youth, primarily in northeast Massachusetts.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1977 and based in Lynn, MA the CLCM is a legal advocacy and resource center that provides a range of services to children, from newborns to 22 years, in education, child welfare, immigration, mental health and related substantive areas. It seeks to ensure access to justice and maximize opportunity for its clients, many of whom confront challenges in public schools and/or are caught up in the federal immigration system and/or the state’s human services network.
THE POSITION: CLCM immigration attorney: Our immigration advocacy focuses primarily on special immigrant juvenile, asylum, and related relief for children, most of them unaccompanied, Spanish-speaking minors from Central America. The attorney will be expected to work in all aspects of the CLCM’s immigration program along with the agency’s current immigration counsel and other staff attorneys. The position is based in Lynn, MA and calls for 40 hours per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. S/he will report to the CLCM’s Director.
1. Engage in a range of advocacy measures with the CLCM’s existing immigration counsel in service to immigrant children
2. Provide legal advice and counsel on immigration issues to CLCM clients
3. Provide legal representation in immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Immigration Court, and the state Juvenile and Probate & Family Courts
4. Train, mentor, and supervise interns and students working on immigration and related matters
5. Participate in community outreach events and know-your-rights trainings
6. Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers
7. Assist agency staff on immigration-related intakes and brief service matters
8. Otherwise assist agency staff counsel as deemed necessary to further the CLCM’s mission.
1. J.D. or LLM degree with admission to the Massachusetts or equivalent state bar.
2. Three or more years of experience in immigration law.
3. Commitment to serving low-income populations and communities of color.
4. Experience representing low-income individuals and people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
5. Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.
6. Team player with an ability to multitask in a fast paced environment.
7. Ability to speak fluent Spanish.
HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 40 hours weekly. Salary is commensurate with experience.
To Apply: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter addressing experience and interests relevant to the position, and 2) a resume, by e-mail to Yajaira Chavez at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, 298 Union Street, 2nd Floor, Lynn, MA, 01901. No phone calls please.
Applications accepted until position is filled. For more information about CLCM refer to our website: www.clcm.org.
CLCM is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace and encourages all applicants, regardless of age, race, national origin, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation to apply.
Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA), the non-profit organization providing free civil legal services to low-income and elderly clients in central and western Massachusetts, seeks a housing attorney for its Worcester office. The attorney will represent tenants in eviction cases, assist tenants facing denials or terminations from public and subsidized housing programs, and handle other housing-related matters. The attorney will regularly participate in a Housing Court lawyer-for-the day program.
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or eligible to sit for next Mass. Bar examination or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule is required. Experience in landlord-tenant work strongly preferred as is fluency in Spanish. Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important.
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a long term temp staff attorney for a period of eight months. The attorney will work in the Immigrant Unit and will represent clients in a variety of immigration matters including removal defense, defensive and affirmative asylum claims, special immigrant juvenile status petitions, VAWA self-petitions, “U” and “T” visas, and other immigration matters before the USCIS and EOIR.
Qualifications: GBLS is looking for an attorney with no more than 5 years of experience in immigration law, including asylum; experience working with immigrant clients from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, strong writing and oral advocacy skills, and strong administrative skills. Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Candidates should submit letter of interest and resume to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, via e-mail at email@example.com Please refer to Job Code: Imm-Att when applying for this position. Applications deadline: October 15, 2017 or until the position is filled.
Greater Boston Legal Services has an opening for a long term temporary staff attorney for 1 year to work in the Housing Unit, focusing on enforcing and expanding the rights of homeless families to shelter. Homelessness places unbearable stress on some of the most vulnerable families in our community, many of whom include individuals with disabilities. This position will involve individual cases challenging denial or termination of shelter or seeking accommodation of disability-related needs or other rights, as well as participation in ongoing class action litigation and other law reform efforts. The attorney, working as part of the GBLS Shelter team, will use individual cases to promote systemic change. While shelter work will be the primary focus, the attorney also may represent tenants in eviction cases where the family would not be eligible for shelter if evicted, homeless families seeking permanent affordable housing, and families denied or facing loss of housing subsidies, as needed.
The position involves responsibility for client cases including interviews, factual investigation, research and analysis of law, development of written and oral legal arguments, negotiation with agency officials and staff, preparation for and handling of administrative, and court hearings. The position may also include legislative advocacy, policy advocacy, and supervising student and volunteer interns.
Qualifications: One to five years of experience; Experience in housing law, family shelter, litigation and/or negotiation experience preferred. Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole or another language spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates should submit resumes and a brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Please refer to job code: HU-LTTATT when applying for this position. Deadline is October 18, 2017 or until position is filled.
Greater Boston Legal Services is looking to hire a part-time (60%) paralegal to work in the Asian Outreach Project.
The Asian Outreach Project, housed in the Employment Unit, works closely with community based organizations to educate and advocate for the legal rights of indigent clients and in particular, immigrant clients.
The paralegal will conduct outreach/intake activities, provide community legal education, represent individual clients in administrative proceedings, and represent community-based client groups. The paralegal will be a generalist, providing legal assistance in substantive law areas such as housing, employment, family, immigration, and public benefits.
GBLS is looking for a paralegal who is bilingual in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese fluency is required; additional dialects are welcome). An understanding of Asian/Asian American history and culture, and experience working with Asian immigrant communities is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working with low-income immigrants with limited-English proficiency are required.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce. Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package includes pro-rated (60%) paid health and dental insurance.
Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing any prior public interest legal work and/or experience working with the Asian immigrant community to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via email at email@example.com Please refer to Job Code: AOU/EU- Para. Deadline for applications is August 7, 2017 or until the position is filled.
Greater Boston Legal Services is seeking a Part-time Pro Bono Coordinator responsible for ensuring that GBLS clients receive uniform, high quality advocacy through the participation of the private bar in the provision of services. In addition, the Coordinator will cultivate linkages and coordinate outreach to the professional community to allow GBLS to increase visibility, leverage resources, develop relationships, and enhance services to clients and to engage the community and the private bar in ways that expand GBLS’ capacity to serve people living in poverty.
The Pro Bono Coordinator will be responsible for working with various software and project management systems. Specific responsibilities will include:
Developing and monitoring GBLS’ pro bono projects; assisting in the development and presentation of substantive law trainings and training materials to private bar attorneys; overseeing and maintaining pro bono attorney relationships and monitor case status; triage questions and issues with individual cases, and seek technical assistance from GBLS attorneys where needed; supporting pro bono relationships between law firms, companies, members of the private bar, and GBLS; creating and maintaining a pro bono panel for case referrals and manage cases referred to pro bono attorneys; providing oversight and ensure provision of quality services; mentoring volunteers and staff to cultivate a culture of excellence and ensure effectiveness of services delivered; actively participating in GBLS’ development and communications activities as relevant to pro bono relationships and activities, including producing reports and responding to inquiries; overseeing pro bono interests in the maintenance of GBLS’ new case management system and the donor database; and performing related duties as required.
The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 5 years of experience in managing various projects and systems; excellent writing, organizational and presentation skills; ability to coach and build leadership among volunteers; ability to effectively communicate the mission of civil legal aid; manage multiple responsibilities; experience in communications and/or development; proficiency in database management; and a demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Candidates should submit cover letter, and resume to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org Please refer to Job Code: ADM-PBC when applying for this position. Application deadline is September 28, 2017 or until position is filled.
Greater Boston Legal Services is looking to hire a full time attorney to work in the Asian Outreach/Employment Law Unit.
The Asian Outreach/Employment Law Unit works closely with community-based organizations to educate and advocate for the legal rights of indigent clients and in particular, immigrant clients.
This position will be responsible for representing victims of domestic violence in family law matters as well as representing clients with housing or employment issues. The attorney will divide his or her time between these areas of law. The attorney will also, conduct outreach/intake activities, provide community legal education, represent individual clients in administrative and court proceedings, and represent community-based client groups. The Attorney may supervise law students and paralegals.
GBLS is looking for an attorney with one to three years of experience who is bilingual in Chinese, member of the Massachusetts bar or comity, and who has experience representing Asian immigrants. The position will require working closely with the Asian American community to determine community priorities. Clients are represented in multiple forums, administrative hearings as well as family and probate court, housing court, and state and federal court. An understanding of Asian American history and culture, and experience working with the Asian American community is required, in addition to strong interpersonal skills and commitment to working with low income immigrants.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates should submit resumes with cover letter to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at email@example.com Please refer to job code: AOU/EU-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is September 21, 2017 or until position is filled.
Fast paced legal services office seeks full-time Intake Supervisor. Fluency in Portuguese or Spanish is preferred. Trilingual capacity highly desirable. Responsibilities include supervising intake staff, coordinating interpretation and translation needs of the office, conducting legal intake, answering and directing incoming calls, greeting clients, providing oral interpretation and written translation for legal advocates, and other general clerical duties. Candidate should have supervisory experience in non-profit setting and prior experience in human, social or legal services work. Previous experience providing services to survivors of domestic violence is preferred. Proficiency in MS Office Suite preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered. Send cover letter and resume by September 15, 2017 via mail or email to:
Intake Supervisor Search
MetroWest Legal Services, Inc.
63 Fountain Street, Suite 304
Framingham, MA 01702
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Northeast Justice Center, a subsidiary of Northeast Legal Aid, seeks a paralegal to work with crime victims and immigrants. The position is based in our Lawrence, MA office. Fluency in Spanish is essential. Please send a resume, two references and a cover letter to email@example.com. NLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Northeast Legal Aid’s subsidiary, Northeast Justice Center, seeks a staff lawyer to represent victims of crime in a variety of matters. Please send a resume, two references and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. NLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Northeast Legal aid seeks a paralegal to perform outreach work on housing issues with the Cambodian-American communities in Lowell and Lynn. Fluency in Khmer is essential. Please send a resume, two references and a cover letter to email@example.com. NLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is seeking a bilingual paralegal with at least one year of experience for the Family/Guardianship Unit who is motivated and committed to public interest work and access to justice to be part of our team. The selected candidate will manage all aspects of the legal and administrative functions of the unit and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.
VLP’s mission is to provide high quality, pro bono legal services in a broad range of civil matters to eligible residents of the greater Boston area, including “Metro-West”; to engage and support the efforts of the private bar in providing pro bono legal services in civil matters; and to engage in constructive collaboration with other legal services organizations.
VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. Fluency in both English and Spanish languages is required. However, we encourage those interested to apply who are versed in other languages (oral and written), specifically those who speak Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.
Completion of Bachelor Degree and/or Paralegal Certification program
-Heavy use of computer programs and applications
-Ability to stand for long periods of time
-Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer
-Ability to travel to various legal clinics by public transportation
-Fluency in English and Spanish (oral required and written desired)
-Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in English and Spanish
-Careful attention to detail
-Reliable and organized
-Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize and meet deadlines
-Compassionate and ability to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
-Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
-Ability to be flexible with a sense of initiative
-Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate information
-Ability to gather and present information
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
-Develop a deep understanding of the substantive areas of law in the unit for which you were hired
-Develop a basic understanding of the substantive areas of law in the organization
-Handle day-to-day administrative functions of the unit including: managing incoming referrals, data entry, client follow up, drafting documents, managing unit caseload
-Gather client and/or case information for new intakes, incoming referrals or ongoing cases.
-Open new cases in database, scan all legal documents and eligibility forms
-Maintain the unit’s client database with attorney/client case updates and/or other case information or updates
-Follow up with clients on cases after intake/clinic for possible referral and/or to obtain additional information
-Interpret and translate documents for clients and attorneys as needed.
-Draft correspondence to clients
-Draft case referral memos and prepare for referral to pro bono attorneys, other agencies or clinical programs
Supervise and train interns on unit procedures and responsibilities
Attend weekly legal clinics
-Provide back-up for intake and screening at legal clinics
Attend weekly staff meetings (staff, supervisory, unit, committees, etc.)
-Transcribe information discussed at unit meeting
-Attend trainings as needed for professional development
-Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission
HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 25, 2017.
Health, Dental, Life, Retirement, Vacation, Sick and Personal Days
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Fluency in both English and Spanish languages is required
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. Eastern Region Legal Intake is a project of VLP that provides callers with information, advice, and referrals; screens clients for legal aid eligibility; and conducts intakes in legal aid priority cases.
This is a permanent, full-time staff position on the intake phone line. This is an excellent position for anyone considering attending law school or interested in civil legal or social services.
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Proficiency in a second language used in client communities
• Prior experience working in legal aid, the court system or a law office that handles civil cases
• Prior experience with an organization serving low-income populations
• Prior experience working with victims of crimes
• Microsoft Office Suite
• Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Housing, Family Law, Benefits and Consumer
• Heavy use of computer and phone
• Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone
• Ability to learn and retain information quickly
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to learn and use case management and phone systems
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Conduct intakes and provide legal information and referrals over the intake line
• Coordinate and manage Advice Panels (scheduling volunteer attorneys to call and advise clients)
• Staff VLP court based clinics
• Update changes to Intake Priorities and Questionnaires
• Work with victims of crimes under the MOVA grant
• Conduct community outreach
• General administrative work such as data gathering, scanning and filing
• Other duties as determined by Program needs
All work will be performed under the supervision of Staff Attorneys.
Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project/Eastern Region Legal Intake is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Resumes can be sent to: email@example.com