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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 email@example.com.
• AmeriCorps Advocate – AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts
• Staff Attorney, Housing – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
• Staff Attorney, Immigration – Community Legal Aid
• Bilingual Receptionist/Office Assistant – Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
• AmeriCorps Advocate (3 positions) – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Long-Term Temporary Attorney, Immigration – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Long-Term Temporary Staff Attorney, Housing – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Managing Attorney – Elder, Health, & Disability Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Associate Director – Northeast Legal Aid
• Staff Attorney, Housing – Northeast Legal Aid
• Attorney Fellowship – Prisoners’ Legal Services
• Executive Director – Prisoners’ Legal Services
• Paralegal – Prisoners’ Legal Services
• Director of Legal Programs – Rosie’s Place
• Staff Attorney – Hyannis Office – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
• Supervising Attorney, Immigration – South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
• Staff Attorney(s), Immigration – South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
• Temporary Secretary – South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
AmeriCorps Advocate (36 positions) – AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts
AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-Massachusetts) is seeking 36 college and law school graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Advocates in 2018-2019. This is a full-time service position, requiring 1,700 hours over 46 weeks from September 11, 2018 to July 26, 2019.
Our AmeriCorps advocates serve at partner organizations throughout Massachusetts which provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. Our advocates are supervised by legal professionals throughout the year, and receive training on working with low-income clients, legal ethics, writing, as well as substantive legal issues in all of our practice areas. ALA-Massachusetts advocates are exposed to a wide range of legal activities including initial client contact and eligibility determinations, case development, legal research and writing, hearings and appeals. Our AmeriCorps advocates also have the opportunity to do education, outreach, and service projects in the community. Under federal rules, members cannot engage in political, union or religious activities while serving in an AmeriCorps program.
Housing is a primary focus for many of our partner organizations, but placements are made in a variety of civil law practice areas, including:
•Access to Government Benefits
•Mental Health and Health Law
•Legal Problems of Elders
•Sealing Criminal Records, and
ALA-Massachusetts has been funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service since 2005. Since we first began, almost 300 AmeriCorps advocates have served 37,000 low-income clients in need of legal assistance. Last year, our AmeriCorps advocates provided legal assistance to 5,671 low-income families and individuals. We have a strong network of members and alumni who maintain connections throughout the service year and beyond.
The program is looking for potential advocates who have an interest in poverty law, a commitment to public service, and strong communications skills. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other foreign language speakers preferred. Because AmeriCorps Advocates have recurring access to vulnerable populations, selected candidates will have to pass a three-part criminal background check in order to serve.
In order to be eligible for ALA-Massachusetts, candidates must be:
•18 years of age or over
•A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
•Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
Advocate benefits for the 2018-2019 year include:
•A $21,500 taxable living stipend
•A $5,920 education award upon completion of service
•The ability to place eligible student loans in forbearance with interest paid upon completion of service
•Child care assistance, if eligible
•Hands-on, supervised exposure to the practice of poverty law
•A national service experience
ALA-Massachusetts is highly competitive and we receive far more applications to serve that we are able to select. Candidates willing to work in any region in Massachusetts will have a higher probability of being selected for interviews.
Go to http://www.ala-mass.org/applynow.htm to find out how to apply. Applications must be submitted online and must include a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Applications will be accepted starting in February, 2018 until the positions are filled. The program is dependent on a federal funding award made in June.
ALA-Massachusetts is an equal opportunity project, available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. The program is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service placements upon request.
AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts is a program of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a private non-profit law firm providing legal assistance to low-income clients in Southeast Massachusetts. ALA-Massachusetts is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and housed at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCCLS.
Staff Attorney, Housing – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
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.
Staff Attorney, Immigration – Community Legal Aid
Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide legal assistance in immigration law matters, including but not limited to VAWA petitions, U visas, SIJS petitions, and asylum cases. The attorney will be based in CWJC’s Worcester office. The attorney will engage in community outreach 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 apply through using this link: https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/9229-9892.html
If unable to apply electronically, please submit cover letter and resume to Eileen Messier, HR Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. EOE.
Posting Date: December 6, 2017
Bilingual Receptionist/Office Assistant – Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) is a community based agency that provides free legal
aid and affordable mental health counseling for low-income people throughout the Greater Boston/Cambridge area.
Reception duties: Answer phones; screen callers for eligibility for the Center’s services; relay messages to staff and
volunteers; refer callers to other service providers and keep track of referrals; greet clients and other visitors; collect and record counseling client fees; prepare, file and retrieve counseling clients’ folders; keep files of administrative and counseling forms; schedule room use; maintain computerized client data base; compile data and prepare reports as requested; provide interpretation services when necessary.
Office duties: Order office supplies; keep supplies areas organized; oversee postal needs including purchasing of stamps, and opening and sorting incoming mail and processing outgoing mail; maintain business equipment (copier, fax, printer, etc.); keep reception area neat and organized; supervise and schedule evening reception staff; assist volunteers with office equipment; provide assistance to the Accountant and Administrative Coordinator, as requested, perform additional tasks for the smooth functioning of the office as needed.
-Bilingual in Spanish and English required. Additional language skills a plus.
-Experience as a receptionist, office manager, or work in a fast paced office environment. Ability to multi-task is essential.
-Must be available to open office at 9:00 a.m. daily.
-Experience and comfort with computers, especially data entry and Microsoft Word and Excel, and some knowledge of working in a SharePoint environment.
-Sensitivity to people experiencing emotional distress. Experience and comfort working with people with low incomes, from diverse backgrounds, and with limited English proficiency.
Start Date: Immediately
Hours: 8:50 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 35 hours per week
SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary DOE Excellent fringe benefit package, including health, life and short & long disability
insurance, four weeks paid vacation, 403(b), and Flexible Spending Plan.
TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to: Debi Morrison, Community Legal Services And Counseling Center; One West Street; Cambridge, MA 02139. Fax: (617) 661-1011. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone inquires, please.
CLSACC is a Fair Employment Practices/Equal Employment Opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
AmeriCorps Advocate (3 positions) – Greater Boston Legal Services
Make a difference by becoming a member of AmeriCorps and being placed at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS). There are 3 AmeriCorps Opportunities available for lawyers, law students or aspiring law students to begin on September, 2018.
GBLS is the primary provider of free, non-criminal legal assistance in the Greater Boston area, assisting low-income individuals, families, and community-based organizations with a wide range of poverty law matters. Our staff work in the following specialized units to best address the problems faced by the people in our service area living in poverty: Asian Outreach, Elder, Health and Disability, Employment, Family, Consumer Rights, Housing, Immigration, Welfare, the Mass. Medicare Advocacy Project and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) & Re-entry Project. In addition, our Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services Office (CASLS) offers legal assistance in a number of these areas to residents of Cambridge, Somerville and surrounding towns. Placements are available in the Employment Unit, Welfare Unit and Cambridge and Somerville Office.
AmeriCorps members will serve as legal assistants under the direct supervision of an experienced GBLS legal professional, many of whom are considered national experts in their respective areas of poverty law. Their responsibilities may involve provision of advice, referrals, brief service, and direct representation of clients at administrative hearings; participation in community education and outreach activities, as well as other related work.
Terms/Benefits: Members making a one year service commitment, and who complete their 1,700 hour service commitment will receive: $21,500 taxable yearly living allowance (paid bi-weekly); a $5,920 education award (payable on completion of the service term); health insurance; day care assistance, if eligible; hands-on supervised exposure to the practice of law and the ability to place eligible student loans in forbearance with interest paid upon completion of service.
Eligibility/Qualifications: Members must be at least 18 years of age, be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. In addition, candidates must be college graduates with an interest in attending law school, attending law school at night, or a law school graduate with an interest in public service law. Proficiency in a non-English language desirable. Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree, JD’s encouraged to apply. Training will be provided.
Sponsorship: The AmeriCorps placements at GBLS are part of the Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program, run under the auspices of the South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. The program is funded through the Corporation for National Community and Service, and administered through the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Interested individuals must complete and submit an application online at www.ala-mass.org/applynow.htm A cover letter, resume and the signed application should be submitted to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at email@example.com. Please use job code: “AmeriCorps” when applying. Cover letter should indicate unit of interest. For more information, please contact Ms. Marquez at (617) 603-1805.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.
Long Term Temporary Attorney, Immigration Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please refer to Job Code: Imm-Att when applying for this position. Applications deadline: October 15, 2017 or until the position is filled.
Long-Term Temporary Staff Attorney, Housing Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
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 email@example.com Please refer to job code: HU-LTTATT when applying for this position. Deadline is October 18, 2017 or until position is filled.
Managing Attorney – Elder, Health & Disability Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a Managing Attorney to oversee the work of 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 promotes affordable housing for seniors, access to quality health care for all, and access to SSI income for children and adults. 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 to improve 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.
GBLS seeks a manager with strong leadership skills and the demonstrated ability to effectively supervise a large diverse unit. The manager will also carry an active caseload. The manager will be responsible for ensuring that reporting requirements on all of the unit’s grants are met and assisting in obtaining new grants. The manager must provide and encourage leadership in the substantive legal work, impact litigation, and legislative and administrative advocacy; maintain relationships with community groups, and oversee community education activities; and will participate in the GBLS leadership team and the management group on program wide policy issues.
Qualifications should include: over 5 years of legal services or similar advocacy experience; strong and demonstrated commitment to poverty issues, experience litigating complex cases; experience representing clients at all administrative appeal levels and in federal court in either Social Security or Medicare cases; experience in systemic legislative and administrative advocacy; the ability to mentor, supervise and co-counsel effectively and in a collaborative manner that provides opportunities for growth and professional development. Prior management, supervision or administrative experience is required.
Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing qualifications for the job including legal work and/or experience in related area to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Please refer to Job Code: EHD-MA. Deadline for application is December 18, 2017 or until position is filled.
Associate Director – Northeast Legal Aid
Northeast Legal Aid, which provides free legal aid to the indigent and the elderly, seeks to add a new Associate Director. Northeast Legal Aid has offices in Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn, MA. Experience in grant writing or legal aid work helpful. Eight or more years as an attorney required. Send cover letter, resume and two references to email@example.com. Equal opportunity employer.
Staff Attorney, Housing Unit – Northeast Legal Aid
Northeast Legal Aid (NLA), with offices in Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell, MA, provides free legal aid to indigent and to elderly clients. NLA seeks a staff attorney for its Housing Unit. Fluency in Spanish is helpful. Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. NLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Attorney Fellowship – Prisoners’ Legal Services
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) is pleased to announce the availability of a two year in-house fellowship for an experienced attorney.
PLS is a nonprofit public interest law firm founded in 1972 that provides free legal services to individuals incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons and jails. The core mission of PLS is to protect the human and civil rights of Massachusetts prisoners. With a small and dynamic staff which includes fifteen attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, we engage in individual and class action litigation; provide direct administrative advocacy relating to incarceration and parole; initiate and support legislation to reform the correctional system, and work with the media and community organizations to educate the public about criminal justice issues.
PLS priority areas include medical and mental health care, staff use of excessive force, reform of solitary confinement, and redressing unlawful conditions of confinement. Recent litigation has focused on PLS priority areas and discrimination against prisoners with disabilities. More detailed information is available at www.plsma.org.
•All phases of affirmative litigation concerning prison and jail conditions, including factual investigation, discovery, document review, written and oral advocacy, settlement and trial practice, and enforcement and compliance monitoring.
•Client representation and advocacy with prisons, jails and other state agencies.
•Visits to, telephone contact and correspondence with clients.
•Policy advocacy on issues affecting incarcerated person
•Admission to (or eligibility to become a member of) the Massachusetts bar.
•A minimum of four years litigation experience, one year of which may be a judicial clerkship, that must include a combination of significant experience conducting depositions, examining witnesses, motion practice, or engaging in oral arguments at the trial or appellate level.
•Excellent analytical, legal research, and writing skills.
•Excellent verbal communication skills; bilingual skills in Spanish, American Sign Language, or other language preferred, but not essential.
•Ability to manage a high volume of cases and other matters.
•Collegiality and an ability to work both independently and as a part of teams, which may include co-workers, pro bono lawyers, and other organizations.
The fellowship is available for a two-year term. Compensation includes a competitive salary, plus generous benefits. To be considered for the fellowship, please submit the following materials:
•Legal writing sample
•List of three references and their contact information
Please send all documents attached to a single email to email@example.com with the subject line “Attorney Fellowship Application.” No phone inquiries, please.
People of color, LGBTQI individuals, formerly incarcerated and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Executive Director – Prisoners’ Legal Services
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization into the exciting next chapter of its distinguished history.
PLS is a nonprofit public interest law firm founded in 1972 that provides free legal services to individuals incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons and jails. The core mission of PLS is to protect the human and civil rights of Massachusetts prisoners. PLS priority areas include ensuring provision of medical and mental health care, addressing excessive force, reforming solitary confinement, and redressing unlawful conditions of confinement. More detailed information is available at PLSMA.org.
With a small staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, we engage in individual and class action litigation; provide direct administrative advocacy regarding incarceration and parole; initiate and support legislation to promote the civil and human rights of incarcerated individuals and their families; and, work with the media and community organizations to educate the public about criminal justice issues.
PLS is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency with a dynamic staff of fifteen attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, and a diverse Board of Directors consisting of attorneys, community leaders, medical professionals, researchers, clients, and former clients.
The Executive Director of PLS has ultimate responsibility for the programmatic performance, financial strength, and administrative functioning of the organization. The right leader for the organization will successfully engage, motivate and excite members of the staff and board, as well as a broad range of other supporters. Key responsibilities include the following:
•Develop and expand the financial resources of PLS and ensure rigorous, consistent financial and administrative oversight to maintain the long-term financial and institutional security of the organization. This includes grant writing and reporting, fundraising, annual audit and tax filings;
•Provide strong leadership of the staff, encouraging and supporting independence and creativity while assuring rigorous accountability;
•Support and participate in major or complex litigation to address systemic issues that affect PLS’s clients;
•Represent PLS in its external relations with the legislature, the courts, and other government entities;
•Serve as an effective spokesperson for the organization with the media and in the larger community;
•Work cooperatively with other institutions and organizations to achieve shared goals relating to criminal justice reform.
PLS seeks an Executive Director with at least 10 years of experience as an attorney or a record of demonstrated success as a manager in the nonprofit social justice community. Experience and attributes that will help the Executive Director succeed include:
•A clear and compelling commitment to the work and mission of PLS;
•Mature, independent, flexible with strong interpersonal skills;
•Prior experience in management, administration, or leadership in a non-profit legal or human services program;
•History of creative and demonstrated leadership in policy work and a substantive expertise in legal issues affecting prisoners and their families;
•Significant commitment, skills, and experience in mentoring and training legal staff; possess strong leadership skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others;
•Record of effective media relations;
•Excellent oral and written communication skills;
•Bilingual skills in Spanish, American Sign Language, or other language common in the prison system preferred;
•Prior experience with low-income prisoners and their families, and a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a diverse clientele and staff;
Please submit a letter expressing your interest, a current resume, a writing sample, and a list of three references to: PLSExecutiveDirectorApplication@swglegal.com. Please submit applications by email only (no phone calls, please).
People of color, LGBT individuals, formerly incarcerated people and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Posting Date: February 1, 2018.
Paralegal – Prisoners’ Legal Services
Prisoners Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding part time paralegal to concentrate on working to combat staff-on-prisoner assault in Massachusetts jails and prisons. This position will work through PLS’ excessive force projects to deter staff-on-prisoner assaults, advocate for impacted prisoners, support PLS’ efforts to provide legal services to these prisoners and increase community awareness of this problem. The paralegal will meet with injured prisoners, usually within 72 hours of report, to interview and photograph injuries, collect documents and give legal advice about the clients’ rights. After the prison visit, this position will conduct follow-up advocacy, primarily regarding preservation of evidence and any unmet medical needs from the assault. In those cases that meet the criteria to be considered for litigation, the paralegal will also investigate the prisoners’ claims by gathering records generated by the prison or jail in relation to the incident, as well as conducting witness interviews. With supervision, the paralegal and other PLS staff will evaluate completed investigations to determine whether there is sufficient proof to merit litigation. Meritorious cases are litigated, when resources allow, by PLS attorneys or, if possible, are referred to private attorneys. This position is three-fifths time and will share responsibilities with another paralegal, who is two-fifths time. Both project paralegals are supervised by a senior PLS staff member.
Must be comfortable having frequent contact with prisoner clients through visits, telephone and letter, and advocating for their needs. (Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply).
-Excellent organizational, administrative, writing and communication skills are required.
-Travel to Massachusetts prisons and jails is required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a car.
-Ability to work cooperatively with a team is required.
-Ability to speak and write in Spanish strongly preferred.
-Bicultural, bilingual candidates and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Experience working with and advocating for marginalized populations preferred.
-Attention to detail required.
-Applicants will be asked to demonstrate professional writing skills by drafting a letter at the time of the interview.
Benefits and Salary
PLS offers salary competitive with the legal services field and commensurate with experience. PLS provides a comprehensive benefits package, including family medical and dental coverage which are pro-rated for this part-time position. Flex time or other alternative arrangements considered. PLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to Al Troisi at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or mail inquiries please.
Director of Legal Programs – Rosie’s Place
Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, whom we refer to as “guests”, offers emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Founded in 1974, Rosie’s Place welcomes each guest with respect and unconditional love. Rosie’s Place accepts no government funds, and relies instead on committed volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work.
Starting in 2014, the legal program has been part of Rosie’s Place’s core services. Each week, the program hosts free walk-in clinics regarding CORI, housing law, immigration law, family law, and consumer debt. Our program is unique from other legal services because we do not screen women based on income, need, household size, etc. If women have a legal issue, they are able to directly speak with an attorney.
In addition to our legal clinics, the program is responsible for developing and hosting Know-Your-Rights presentations on a variety of legal topics for advocates and guests. We believe in providing our services in a holistic and nonjudgmental manner and often collaborate with other internal programs to ensure that guests’ needs are met in other areas including emergency services, advocacy, and mental health counseling.
-Conduct legal intake at our main site, 889 Harrison Ave. and at our satellite location at Franklin Field located at 145 Ames Street Dorchester, MA 02124.
-Serve as the agency’s main point of contact for legal questions; provide appropriate advice and referrals to legal issues ranging from emergency shelter denial to child support issues.
-Collaboratively work with attorneys from legal aid agencies such as Greater Boston Legal Services and Irish International Immigrant Center; manage the Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with partner agencies.
-Serve as a mentor and supervisor to a legal advocate who provides administrative and advocacy support to the legal program. Work with volunteers and interns as available.
-Manage all data collection and report for the legal program’s activities; complete all agency and program reporting in a timely manager including quarterly Board reports and evaluation reports.
-Collaboratively work with other internal programs to identify legal issues and create solutions to guests’ needs.
-Develop and host trainings and materials for community advocates and guests.
-Carry out all other tasks and duties as assigned.
-J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
-Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts strongly preferred.
-A minimum of 5 years experience in non-profit or pro bono legal work, with demonstrated experience in project management and staff supervision.
-Knowledge of issues that poor and homeless women face including housing, homelessness prevention, hunger, welfare rights, and substance abuse treatment.
-Ability to speak Spanish in addition to English preferred.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
Job is performed in an office environment. Day-to-day work includes paper and computer work as well as interaction with staff, guests, and volunteers. The position may require travel between facilities or community locations.
Reports to: VP of Internal Programs and Planning
Staff Attorney, Hyannis Office – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, seeks to hire a full time staff attorney, admitted to practice or eligible for admission in Massachusetts, to work from its Hyannis office. The attorney will work primarily in the areas of housing and public benefits, and as otherwise directed by the Executive Director and Hyannis Managing Attorney. Staff attorneys must work as directed on particular grants; cooperate and assist with the timely preparation of grant reports; and engage in outreach and community education. The attorney will manage a substantial caseload of individual cases, along with special projects, and engage in impact advocacy. Experience is preferred. Fluency in a second language such as Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole also preferred. The position will be open until filled. For full consideration please apply by December 22, 2017.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to: JMarcotte@SCCLS.org Subject Line: SCCLS Hyannis Office Attorney
South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Supervising Attorney, Immigration – South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS) and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, (Justice Center), the primary provider of free civil legal aid to low income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod & the Islands, seeks a Supervising Attorney-Immigration. Position will be located in Brockton.
Our organization seeks an experienced attorney to coordinate and supervise the advocacy of our five attorney Immigration staff. Reporting to the Program Manager of the Justice Center, the Supervising Attorney will work with the organization’s leadership team, a talented advocacy staff, an engaged statewide advocacy community to strategically provide critical legal services to the immigrant community of the region. The Supervising Attorney will have an excellent opportunity to contribute to the strategic growth of the organization and its advocacy and to creatively address the problems facing the region’s immigrant communities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working with the Program Manager, the Supervising Attorney will:
-Maintain a small and strategic caseload.
-Carry out an articulated strategic advocacy vision for the delivery of services to our immigrant community.
-Effectively engage with the organization’s leadership team, advocacy staff, community groups and organizations, and the statewide justice community to develop and manage strategic initiatives, community needs assessments, and to respond to emerging trends and changing policies affecting the immigrant community.
-Develop and promote systems for providing effective systemic litigation, appellate work, and policy advocacy.
-Develop, support, and oversee the litigation, appellate work, and policy advocacy of immigration staff.
-Develop and promote training programs to enhance staff skills with respect to: litigation, appellate advocacy, policy advocacy, communications strategies, and substantive issues affecting the immigrant communities in the region.
-Assist in developing/revising standards of practice for the immigration staff and ensure adherence to program and case handling standards, funder requirements and the highest professional standards using regular case review and other techniques in conjunction with the Program Manager.
-Ensure advocacy staff is actively engaged with other program advocates, local community groups and organizations, and the statewide advocacy community to address legal issues confronting our diverse and low income communities.
-Effectively mentor and act as a resource to immigration staff regarding their advocacy efforts.
-Support the Program Manager with case assignments as needed.
-Assist the Program Manager with Staff Work Plans, Evaluations, and other management responsibilities including but not limited to providing the Program Manager or Executive Director with all relevant information about program operations and the consequences of possible courses of action to be taken.
-The Supervising Attorney will be obligated to recommend discipline when she/he becomes aware of actions that may warrant same as determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and support the Program Manager with any discipline imposed.
-Work with appropriate staff to pursue new funding opportunities, prepare grant applications and reports, and monitor compliance.
-Other responsibilities as assigned by the Program Manager or Executive Director.
Qualifications and Experience
-Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, or able to seek admission.
-Five to seven years of experience as a practicing attorney and a substantive expertise in immigration law issues.
-Significant experience with advocacy in a variety of forums including federal, state, and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and/or legislative bodies.
-Strong leadership and mentoring skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others.
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
-Demonstrated creativity in identifying and pursuing legal issues on behalf the immigrant community.
-Experience working with community groups, organizations, and advocacy groups and utilizing communications strategies to address issues affecting immigrants and their communities.
-Demonstrated ability to identify and respond to emerging issues and changing policies affecting immigrants.
-Fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, Arabic or Haitian Creole desirable.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply no later than December 31, 2017. Please submit a letter expressing your qualifications and interest in the position.
Include a resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references.
Our goal is to make a final decision by January 19, 2018. Materials and any questions should be submitted to Jeanne Marcotte at JMarcotte@SCCLS.org Subject Line: Supervising Attorney Immigration.
The salary for the position is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Benefits include medical, dental, long and short term disability, life insurance, loan repayment, bilingual stipend, a 403b retirement plan, and generous leave.
SCCLS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. If assistance is needed to participate in the pre-employment process, please inform SCCLS.
Staff Attorney(s), Expanding Immigration Project – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income clients in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, seeks attorney(s), admitted to practice in Massachusetts, to provide quality representation to clients in immigration and other matters. The attorney(s) will serve clients in our region, including those being held in ICE detention facilities, and work from our subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM) in Brockton. The attorney(s) will manage a substantial number of individual cases, along with special projects, and engage in impact advocacy. Immigration Experience preferred. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or other language spoken by our diverse immigrant community required.
APPLY by resume & cover letter to: Jmarcotte@SCCLS.org
FOR FULL CONSIDERATION, apply by February 23, 2018
SUBJECT LINE: JCSM Immigration Attorney
SCCLS/JCSM is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Temporary Secretary – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, seeks to hire a full time temporary Secretary, to work from its Justice Center located in Brockton for one year. The person selected will need to be able to meet clients and others who come to the office, learn to work in our law office case management system, answer phones, support the work of multiple attorneys, and as otherwise directed by the Program Manager of the Justice Center. Non-profit experience is preferred. Fluency in a second language such as Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole also preferred. The position will be open until filled. For full consideration please apply by January 31, 2018.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
Subject Line: Temporary Secretary JCSM
South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts are Equal Opportunity Employers.