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• AmeriCorps Legal Assitant (two positions) – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Staff Attorney, Immigration – MetroWest Legal Services
• AmeriCorps Advocates (multiple positions) – Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
Make a difference by becoming a member of AmeriCorps and being placed at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)
There are two AmeriCorps opportunities available for lawyers, law students or aspiring law students to begin in September 2017
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 Housing Unit and our Cambridge and Somerville Office (CASLS).
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 $5,815 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 submit a cover letter, resume and a signed application which may be downloaded at www.mlassp.org to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) seeks a long-term temporary staff attorney for a period of one year. The attorney will represent clients in a variety of immigration matters including VAWA self-petitions, “U” and “T” visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other immigration matters before the USCIS and EOIR. The attorney will conduct outreach and trainings to immigrant communities residing in the MWLS service area. Qualifications: MWLS is looking for an attorney with 1-3 years of experience in relevant immigration law; experience working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence, strong writing and oral advocacy skills, and strong administrative skills. Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Send or email cover letter and resume by March 30, 2017 to:
Immigration Attorney Search
MetroWest Legal Services
63 Fountain Street, Suite 304
Framingham, MA 01702
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-Massachusetts) is seeking 32 college and law school graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Advocates in 2017-2018. This is a full-time service position, requiring 1,700 hours over 46 weeks from September 11, 2017 to July 27, 2018.
Our AmeriCorps advocates serve at partner organizations throughout Massachusetts which provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. Our advocates are closely supervised by legal professionals throughout the year, and receive in-depth 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
• Income Maintenance
• Mental Health and Health Law
• Legal Problems of Elders
• Sealing of Criminal Records, and
• Family Law.
ALA-Massachusetts has been funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service since 2005. Since we first began, almost 250 AmeriCorps advocates have served 35,000 low-income clients in need of legal assistance. Last year, our AmeriCorps advocates provided legal assistance to more than 4,000 low-income families and individuals. We have a strong network of members and alumni who maintain connections throughout the service year and beyond.
ALA-Massachusetts is looking for potential advocates who have an interest in poverty law, a commitment to public service, and strong communications skills. Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Vietnamese, and other foreign language speakers preferred. Candidates willing to work in any region in Massachusetts will have a higher probability of being selected for interviews. 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 2017-2018 year include:
• A $21,500 taxable living stipend
• Health insurance
• A $5,815 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.
Go to http://www.ala-mass.org/applynow.htm to find out how to apply for the 2017- 2018 program year. Applications must be submitted online and must include a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Applications will be accepted starting in February, 2017 until the positions are filled.
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. 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. Formerly known as the Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self Sufficiency Program (MLASSP), the project has been in operation since 2005.