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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. Job postings will be removed on the stated application deadline, if no deadline is listed, 60 days from the original posting date.
AmeriCorps Advocate (multiple positions) - AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts
AmeriCorps Advocate (multiple 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.
Director of Strategic Litigation - Committee for Public Counsel Services
Director of Strategic Litigation – Committee for Public Counsel Services
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to: (1) ensuring that CPCS staff members represent a broad range of human difference and experience; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS’s leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a Director of its newly created Strategic Litigation Unit. CPCS zealously seeks justice for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry matters. The Strategic Litigation Director will play an essential leadership role in the agency’s pursuit of systemic and institutional reform and will be responsible for leading CPCS litigation efforts in areas which involve systemic issues affecting a broad class of CPCS clients in all practice areas (e.g. challenges to statutes such as those involving privileged records, preventive detention, and the sex offender registry). The Director will report directly to the Chief Counsel and will regularly meet and consult with the Deputy Chiefs and Directors of all CPCS divisions to jointly identify systemic issues affecting a broad range of clients throughout the agency. The Director may supervise a small dedicated staff as well as attorneys assigned to other CPCS units.
The Director’s work is at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels; and in state as well as federal court. It also may involve both criminal and civil litigation. Depending upon the matter at issue, the Director may serve as lead counsel, co-counsel, consultant, amicus curiae, or provide technical support.
In addition to the duties described above, the Director’s responsibilities will include:
– Meeting on a regular basis, and occasionally on an urgent basis, with members of the CPCS Senior Management Team to discuss issues of systemic importance that may be suitable to address through strategic litigation or policy advocacy;
– Working with members of the Senior Management Team to develop, prioritize, and manage a list of issues that provide substantial barriers to justice for CPCS clients;
– Consulting on a regular basis with CPCS trial and appellate staff and private vendor attorneys in order to identify and discuss issues of systemic importance that may be suitable to address through litigation;
– Meeting on a regular basis with the Directors and Attorneys-in-Charge of the appellate units to identify and discuss issues;
– Initiating and prosecuting litigation to address issues of systemic importance;
– Working with attorneys at private law firms and other organizations to undertake or assist with impact litigation;
– Developing relationships with other agencies, both in Massachusetts and in other states, that pursue impact litigation;
– Responding to or participating in appropriate class action litigation brought by others;
– Producing legal research and writing for the Deputy Chiefs and Directors of other CPCS units and advisory memoranda for staff and private vendor attorneys on issues of systemic importance;
– Partnering with the other appellate units and the Training Department to train private vendor and staff attorneys on how to develop and litigate challenges to various matters of systemic impact; Supervising staff attorneys who are assigned to the Strategic Litigation Unit on a permanent or ad hoc basis; and
– Drafting requests for, and assisting with the production of, amicus briefs, as needed.
Candidates must be driven to seek sustainable systemic reform on behalf of CPCS clients. Candidates must possess an advocacy imagination unrestrained by traditional litigation approaches. Candidates must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts and have a minimum of seven years of experience as an attorney, with significant and broad experience as both a trial and appellate practitioner. Admission to, or eligibility for admission to, the trial bar of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts also is required. In addition, candidates must have excellent litigation, writing, and oral presentation skills, and exceptional organizational ability and interpersonal skills.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with substantial poverty law experience or those who have demonstrated their commitment to the representation of indigent clients. Strong preference will also be given to candidates with substantial experience in constitutional, civil rights, class action or other impact litigation.
This position will require travel; candidates must have access to reliable transportation throughout the state.
Applicants must submit (1) a résumé, (2) a statement of interest (which includes a specific description of the applicant’s qualifications)and (3) a writing sample of 10-15 pages, which has not been edited by anyone other than the applicant.
The position will be posted until filled; preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to April 20, 2018.
Please apply via the following link: https://careers-publiccounsel.icims.com/jobs/1602/director-of-strategic-litigation/job
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at email@example.com
Development Associate - Community Legal Aid
Development Associate – Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid (CLA) seeks a Development Associate to work in its Worcester office.
Organization: Community Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts.
Position: The Development Associate is a hands-on, fast-paced and multi-faceted position that will support CLA’s annual strategic development plan, designed to build and enhance all donor communications and experiences, and to structure and prioritize solicitation activities. The Development Associate will report to the Development Director, and will work closely with the Executive Director, the Grants Manager, and volunteers, as well with staff attorneys and advocates to build client stories and key messages. The position will involve occasional travel to the counties of western Massachusetts.
• Maintain donor database (Salesforce.com), ensuring data accuracy and system integrity. Serve as point-person for database management, customization and upkeep.
• Process timely gift acknowledgement letters, manage gift processing and assist with financial reconciliations.
• Configure and manage database query and reporting; understand and recommend best practices as result of analysis.
• Assist in the production and mailing of appeals, newsletters, and annual reports.
• Help develop and implement multi-faceted communications plans, which include message development, website, advocacy, and social media, to educate, motivate, and influence target audiences.
• Help plan and execute donor cultivation, celebration, and solicitation events.
• Assist with prospect research for funder and donor cultivation and stewardship.
• Fundraising and communications experience.
• Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
• Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills and is very detail-oriented.
• Demonstrated ability to be entrusted with sensitive information.
• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a team.
• Experience with database management (Salesforce preferred) and dedication to data integrity, systems and upkeep.
• Experience in digital communications, social media campaigns, and CMS and web management is highly valued.
• Interest in implementing new systems and strategies to strengthen the organization.
• Understanding of and commitment to CLA’s social justice mission.
Salary DOE. CLA offers a liberal fringe benefits package. EOE.
To apply, please click on the following link: https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/30969-9917.html
A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and in CLA’s work;
– Your current resume;
– One writing sample (short); and
– The names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references.
If you would like to apply by mail, our address is:
Community Legal Aid
405 Main Street
Worcester MA 01608
Posted January 8, 2018
Litigation Director - Community Legal Aid
Litigation Director – Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid (CLA), the free civil legal aid organization serving the low-income and elderly residents of Central and Western Massachusetts, has an exciting leadership position for an experienced attorney to serve as its Litigation Director. CLA’s advocacy team handles over 5,000 cases a year in a wide variety of areas, including housing, domestic relations, public benefits, education, and immigration. In addition to direct legal representation, CLA works in close partnership on special projects and training opportunities with service providers, medical practitioners, community groups, and private attorneys. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors. CLA has approximately 100 staff working across multiple offices, and a budget of $9.3 million.
The Litigation Director will be an integral part of CLA’s Management Team and will:
• Coordinate, support, supervise, and participate in major or complex litigation to address systemic issues that affect CLA’s clients;
• Act as a catalyst for the identification of issues that affect CLA’s clients and the development of litigation and/or advocacy strategies to address them.
• Work with other management and supervisory staff to help develop the litigation skills of CLA lawyers;
• Review and edit advocates’ written advocacy, including submissions to courts and administrative agencies; and
• Engender a culture of raising and pursuing attorney fee-shifting claims.
1. Must be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts or eligible for admission to the bar at the time of hiring.
2. Must have at least ten years of litigation experience, preferably significant experience litigating complex civil cases in state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate levels. Experience as lead counsel is required.
3. History of creative and high impact advocacy, demonstrated leadership in litigation, and substantive expertise in legal issues affecting low-income people.
4. Demonstrated ability to work across multiple substantive areas of law.
5. Significant commitment, skills, and experience in mentoring and training less-experienced attorneys; should also possess strong leadership skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others.
6. Should have proficiency using technology in litigation.
7. Prior experience with low-income populations, and a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a diverse clientele and staff, is preferred.
8. The Litigation Director will be based in one of CLA’s offices in Worcester, Springfield, Northampton or Pittsfield, but will travel among all of those offices to meet with staff in person.
Please submit a letter expressing your interest and a current resume at the link below:
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Staff Attorney - Family Law Unit - Community Legal Aid
Staff Attorney – Family Law Unit – Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA), the free civil legal services provider for low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts, seeks a staff attorney to work in its Family Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Worcester office and will assist clients with cases involving family law matters including divorce, child support, visitation, and custody. It is anticipated that most of the attorney’s clients will be survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. The attorney will have significant client contact and will assume an active caseload while continuing to accept new cases. The attorney will also engage in community outreach and education, and will work closely with community partners including domestic violence service providers. Some grant-reporting activities are required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Massachusetts Bar, or eligible to sit for next Massachusetts Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Massachusetts practice rule. Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Arabic strongly preferred. Prior family law experience, particularly with survivors of domestic violence, also strongly preferred.
Please submit cover letter and resume to this link:https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/30031-11833.html. If you are unable to submit your resume electronically please send your resume to: Eileen Messier, Human Resources Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. EOE.
Posted to MLAC website 7/31/18.
Part-time Staff Attorney - Housing - Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Part-time Staff Attorney – Housing – Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC), a community-based agency providing free legal services and affordable psychological counseling for low-income people, seeks an experienced part-time attorney (14 hours per week) to handle housing cases.
– Coordinating CLSACC’s involvement with the Lawyer for the Day program for Eastern Division – Middlesex Session – Cambridge of the Massachusetts Housing Court.
– Representing clients in judicial and administrative proceedings involving evictions, access to public and subsidized housing, and termination of housing subsidies.
– Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer attorneys to handle cases.
– Participating in coalitions and task forces; working with community-based and legal service organizations; conducting outreach and community legal education.
– Admitted to Massachusetts bar (or a bar of another state**).
– Experience representing low-income people in court and administrative proceedings.
– Experience representing low-income people in housing cases required.
– Experience working with and/or representing a broad range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes.
– Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills. Strong computer skills.
– Bilingual preferred.
**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must be eligible to practice as a foreign lawyer under SJC Rule 3.04 and become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.
Salary/Benefits: Commensurate with Experience.
Please note that this position is a grant based position that is funded through June 2019.
To Apply: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume to John Froio, Deputy Director, CLSACC, Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive full consideration submit your application materials by August 24th, 2018.
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.
Posted on the MLAC website 8/7/18.
Immigration Fellow - Equal Justice America - Greater Boston Legal Services
Immigration Fellow – Equal Justice America – Greater Boston Legal Services
Since 1993, Equal Justice America has provided opportunities for law students and lawyers to work with legal aid programs across the country.
For more than 100 years, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in the Greater Boston area. Each year GBLS’s attorneys, staff, and volunteers help resolve legal problems, including immigration, domestic violence, consumer fraud, unfair evictions, and juvenile expungements.
Equal Justice America (EJA) is funding a two-year fellow from Harvard Law School to be responsible for representing 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, as well as other immigration matters before the USCIS, EOIR and federal and state courts. In addition, the fellow will assist in coordinating pro-bono representation; conduct outreach to various community based organizations and attend trainings and maintain up-to-date knowledge of current legal issues surrounding immigration law.
The Fellow will also work closely with GBLS Immigration advocates by collaborating on inter-practice group projects, which could involve shared outreach or legal casework, or developing new strategies for servicing our common clients. The Fellow will be required to provide detailed quarterly reports to Equal Justice America and to blog on at least a weekly basis about their work for EJA’s website.
Qualifications: Applicants must have graduated with a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School by May 2017, but no later than May 2018; must be a member of the Massachusetts Bar or sit for the Massachusetts Bar Exam no later than July 2018; have a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues affecting GBLS clients; strong oral and writing skills; and team-centered work experience. Prior work experience with matters of immigration law is a plus. Fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole or another language spoken by GBLS’s clients is highly desirable. The successful applicant will be collegial, well-organized, and demonstrate a commitment to working with people living in poverty in Greater Boston’s’ large and diverse immigrant community.
Salary and benefits: Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental insurance for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.
To Apply: Candidates should email a resume, cover letter describing any prior public interest legal work and a writing sample to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at email@example.com. Please refer to Job Code: IMM/EJA Fellow. The deadline for applications is February 2, 2019 or until position is filled. The position will begin fall 2019 and will end fall 2021.
Paralegal - Elder, Health & Disability Unit - Greater Boston Legal Services
Paralegal – Elder, Health & Disability 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) 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. Half of the paralegal’s time will involve working with victims of crime, including supporting low-income students in school discipline and special education cases under the direction of the SPPI attorney. The other half of the work will involve client representation in Social Security matters and other work of the unit.
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, negotiation with school officials and agency staff, 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 with young people of color 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-para, when applying for this position. Deadline: August 20, 2018 or until the position is filled.
Posted on MLAC website 8/7/18.
Staff Attorney - Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services office - Greater Boston Legal Services
Staff Attorney – Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services office – Greater Boston Legal Services
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.
GBLS has an opening for a staff attorney at its Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) office which serves Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, and Winchester.
The staff attorney’s responsibilities will include the full range of housing and state and federal public benefits work at CASLS. The housing work will include representing tenants facing eviction in local district and housing courts and may include representing individual tenants facing Section 8 terminations and tenant groups seeking to preserve the affordability of their housing. The staff attorney will also handle some EA shelter terminations/denials, SSI/SSDI hearings, and denials and terminations of SNAP, EAEDC, TAFDC, and MassHealth. The responsibilities may involve administrative advocacy and legislative work on housing and/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) and/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 email@example.com. Please refer to Job Code: CASLS-Atty when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by August 20, 2018.
Posted on MLAC website 8/7/18.
Health Starts at Home Project Attorney - Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Health Starts at Home Project Attorney – Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Position Background and Description
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), a nationally-recognized nonprofit statewide poverty law and policy center, seeks an attorney with a background in housing law and family homelessness issues to direct the legal component of a health/early education/legal project that is currently underway.
MLRI’s mission is to advance economic, racial, and social justice through legal action, advocacy, coalition building, and community outreach. MLRI is cross-substantive and specializes in largescale legal initiatives and systemic reforms that address the root causes of poverty, remove barriers to opportunity, and create a path to economic stability and mobility for low-income individuals, families and communities. For 50 years, MLRI’s advocacy has been responsible for groundbreaking laws, policies and court decisions that have advanced the legal, economic and social rights of low-income people in Massachusetts. MLRI also serves as the statewide poverty law support center for the Massachusetts civil legal services delivery system, providing expertise and support to local legal aid programs and also to a large number of local and statewide social service agencies, health care and human service providers, and community based organizations that serve low income people.
About the Opportunity
In 2017, MLRI, Boston Children’s Hospital, Horizons for Homeless Children, and others, with a Health Starts at Home (HSAH) grant from The Boston Foundation (TBF), partnered to develop and launch an integrated, care-coordinated project (called “Mortar Between the Bricks”) to stabilize families with children who are experiencing housing insecurity and/or homelessness. Along with child physical and psychosocial care provided by Children’s Hospital Primary Care at Martha Eliot Health Center, the Project partners are working together to provide housing stability, child development assessment and access to early education, and wraparound stabilization services and supports to participating low income families. This is a research project that is being evaluated by Health Resources in Action and the Urban Institute. Legal intervention is a key component of this project. This is an exciting opportunity for an attorney interested in housing and health policy and research around the social determinants of health.
The HSAH Attorney will continue to coordinate the Project’s legal team and legal advocacy. Responsibilities include providing housing and Emergency Shelter (EA) legal advice and counsel to Boston Children’s Hospital families, social work and medical staff who work with housing insecure and homeless families; case investigation; drafting legal documents; representation of clients in court and administrative proceedings; filing affirmative litigation and appeals when appropriate; referring cases as appropriate to project partners. In addition, the attorney will work with Project partners to develop and provide shelter- and housing-related legal trainings to provider partners, and trainings (e.g., “know your rights”) to empower housing insecure and homeless families. Although the key focus of the position is to help families achieve housing stability or access to shelter, the HSAH Attorney will be cross-substantive in nature; it is expected that he/she and will often work with families, in collaboration with Project legal team partners, on a broad range of legal issues (including, e.g., public benefits). The Attorney may also work on MLRI’s statewide housing and homelessness advocacy.
Desired Background & Qualifications
– J.D. and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts
– Minimum 3 years post-law school legal experience, with litigation experience
– Experience in housing law and policy (e.g., public and subsidized housing issues, landlord tenant issues, eviction defense, foreclosures)
– Experience or knowledge of issues, services and supports for very low income and homeless families in Massachusetts.
– Experience or knowledge working with Massachusetts housing and public benefits programs and agencies that serve low income people is strongly preferred
– Excellent writing and legal research skills
– Technology savvy (including ability to work with databases)
– Ability to identify complex cross-substantive legal issues
– Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
– Strong organizational skills and the ability to lead and coordinate a team of partners
– Ability to work collaboratively as a team member, yet independently to execute the responsibilities of the job
– Commitment to MLRI’s mission to serve low-income and vulnerable populations
– Spanish-speaking candidate preferred
Position is full-time, though part-time employment may be negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.
Qualified applicants must electronically submit the following: 1) cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, 2) resume, 3) one short writing sample, 4) three professional references.
Electronically submit application materials to HSAHAtty@mlri.org with “HSAH Project Attorney” in the subject line. No telephone calls please.
Applications will be reviewed as received & interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates should submit applications as early as possible.
Application Deadline: As soon as possible / until position is filled
Note: Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis; interested & qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (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 gender identity or expression. MLRI strives for racial and ethnic diversity because it is critical both to achieving MLRI’s mission and to operating in a way that is consistent with MLRI’s organizational values. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Date Posted: March 26, 2018
Digital Content & Operations Assistant - National Consumer Law Center
Digital Content & Operations Assistant – National Consumer Law Center
The National Consumer Law Center is seeking a Digital Content & Operations Assistant in our Boston headquarters. The Operations and Technical Assistant will provide administrative and technical support to attorneys and other staff. This is a full time position.
Founded in 1969, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is a nonprofit, public interest advocacy organization that seeks to build economic security and family wealth for low-income and other economically disadvantaged Americans. NCLC is a leading source of legal and public policy expertise on consumer issues for lawyers, federal and state policymakers, consumer advocates, journalists, and front-line service providers. For more information, please see our website at https://www.nclc.org/
– Uploading website content (pages, articles, graphics, PDFs, video/audio files)
– Designing, editing, and production of documents and reports in digital and print format
– Designing PowerPoint presentations, user guides, and various internal and external communications
– Creating complex spreadsheets, charts, diagrams, and infographics
– Provide assistance with email marketing (Constant Contact) and CRM database
– Creating fill-in forms in Adobe Acrobat, surveys in SurveyMonkey, Doodle scheduling
– Helping users with software problems
– Bachelor’s degree OR
– Equivalent combination of education and work experience.
– One year of related professional experience required; two years of related experience preferred
– Experience with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or similar content management platforms
– Extensive experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
– Knowledge of HTML.
– Must enjoy working as part of a team, be willing to change with the needs of the work environment or take on additional responsibilities
– Excellent verbal and communications skills
– Strong attention to detail
– Ability to identify and troubleshoot problems with office applications
Email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject Line: Digital Content & Operations Assistant. No phone calls, please.
Position open until filled but applications are encouraged by June 10, 2018.
Salary and benefits: $39,000-$47,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience.
NCLC offers an outstanding benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, a retirement savings opportunity, and generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, and 3 weeks of vacation per year.
The National Consumer Law Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors.
Public Interest Consumer Attorney - Boston or Washington, DC - National Consumer Law Center
Public Interest Consumer Attorney – Boston or Washington, DC – National Consumer Law Center
The National Consumer Law Center is seeking an experienced attorney to work for economic justice for low-income and other disadvantaged communities. As a member of NCLC’s advocacy staff, the attorney will develop and implement strategies that help promote financial stability and asset preservation and combat exploitive practices. The position includes research and writing as well as policy and systemic advocacy at both the national and state levels. Some travel is required for meetings, presentations, and conferences. We will consider applicants for NCLC’s main office in Boston or our branch office in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1969, the National Consumer Law Center® (NCLC) is a nonprofit, public interest advocacy organization that seeks to build economic security and family wealth for low-income and other economically disadvantaged Americans. NCLC is a leading source of legal and public policy expertise on consumer issues for lawyers, federal and state policymakers, consumer advocates, journalists, and front-line service providers. For more information, please see our website at www.nclc.org.
– Minimum of five years of relevant experience as an attorney (post-graduate legal internships and clerkships count towards this requirement).
– Excellent writing and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to analyze and write about complex legal and public policy issues.
– Outstanding communication and advocacy skills.
– The ability to think creatively, be strategic, and exercise good judgment.
– The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
– A demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of disadvantaged individuals and communities.
– Experience in consumer law issues is strongly preferred but not required. Examples include credit reporting, banking and payment systems, fintech, highcost small loans, credit cards, car sales and financing, debt collection, criminal justice debt, arbitration, mortgage lending and foreclosures, bankruptcy, student loans, and credit discrimination.
– Research and write on consumer issues for NCLC legal practice manuals and other publications, as well as shorter policy briefs;
– Write and present regulatory and legislative comments and testimony; meet with and respond to requests from policymakers, other advocacy organizations, industry groups, and the media;
– Provide legal and technical support to private and civil legal aid lawyers, consumer advocates, and government officials;
– Lead workshops and training sessions for lawyers and advocates;
– Develop proactive communication strategies to promote policy goals;
– Develop and manage advocacy projects;
– Contribute to fundraising efforts by obtaining grants and contracts;
– Supervise law students on projects.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is highly competitive with other public interest organizations and is commensurate with experience. NCLC offers an outstanding benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, a retirement savings opportunity, and generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, and 4 weeks of vacation per year.
To apply, email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com Subject Line: Consumer Attorney. No phone calls, please. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The National Consumer Law Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors.
Posted on MLAC website 8/9/18.
Staff Attorney - Immigration Unit - Northeast Justice Center
Staff Attorney – Immigration Unit – Northeast Justice Center
Northeast Justice Center, a subsidiary of Northeast Legal Aid, seeks a staff attorney for its Immigration Unit. Bilingual (Spanish-English) strongly preferred. NJC provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly individuals in Northern Middlesex and Essex counties with offices in Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell. NJC provides services in the following practice areas: elder, immigration, housing, consumer protection, employment, public benefits and foreclosure prevention. Please send a resume and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Equal opportunity employer.
Staff Attorney - Northeast Justice Center
Staff Attorney – Northeast Justice Center
Northeast Justice Center, a subsidiary of Northeast Legal Aid, seeks a staff lawyer to represent victims of crime in a variety of cases including immigration, housing and other matters. Please send a resume, two references and a cover letter to email@example.com. NJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted on MLAC Website 7/3/18.
Paralegal - Brutality Project - Prisoners’ Legal Services
Paralegal – Brutality Project – Prisoners’ Legal Services
General Position Description
Prisoners Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding full-time paralegal to concentrate on working to combat staff-on-prisoner assault in Massachusetts jails and prisons. PLS has two intersecting projects that focus on this problem, the Prison Brutality Project and Rapid Response to Brutality Project. This paralegal will work through those projects to deter staff-on-prisoner assaults, to advocate for impacted prisoners, and to support PLS’s 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 them, collect documents and give legal advice about the client’s rights. After the visit, the paralegal 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. 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, the cases are referred to private attorneys.
This position is full-time and supervised by a senior paralegal and an attorney.
Responsibilities for this position may include:
– Take telephone calls and read mail reporting staff assaults on prisoners,
– Review and evaluate reported incidents to determine if they warrant investigation;
– Meet with and interview prisoner clients who have been assaulted by staff at state prisons and county jails in Massachusetts, including photographing their injuries;
– Investigate new and ongoing staff assault intakes, tracking all investigations and ensuring they are completed in as timely a manner as possible;
– Advocate for prisoners in new and ongoing guard assault cases;
– Visit and interview prisoner witnesses to assaults at prisons or jails;
– Counsel and advise clients about their legal rights relating to the assault and keep clients apprised about developments in their case;
– Create and maintain client files and keep databases updated for all staff assault cases;
– Track all brutality litigation within the PLS office and referred out to private counsel;
– Assist in planning regular brutality meetings, prepare and present summaries of investigated cases at brutality meetings for litigation consideration, take minutes, and complete all necessary follow up as assigned;
– Conduct legal research, work on brutality focused projects, assist in brutality litigation/casework, and assist in brutality case referrals, as assigned;
– Assist in supervising student interns and volunteers on brutality work;
– Assist in improving systems and standard operating procedures;
– Participate in monthly PLS staff meetings and regular supervision meetings
– Work cooperatively with prisoner clients, PLS brutality team members, and private counsel
– Compile statistics for brutality grant writing and reporting
– All other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director or supervisors
– 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).
– Organizational and administrative 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.
– Bi-cultural, 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 a very competitive salary within the legal services field and commensurate with experience. PLS provides a comprehensive benefits package, including family medical and dental coverage. 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.
People of color, LGBTQI individuals, formerly incarcerated and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Posted on MLAC website 8/3/18.
Staff Attorney - South Coastal Counties Legal Services
Staff Attorney – 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 full time staff attorneys, admitted to practice or eligible for admission in Massachusetts, to work from its Bristol County and Hyannis offices. The attorneys will work primarily in the areas of public benefits, including social security disability and related benefits and as otherwise directed by the Executive Director and 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 attorneys will manage a substantial caseload of individual cases, along with special projects, and engage in impact advocacy. Experience assisting clients with SSI/SSDI claims is preferred. Fluency in a second language such as Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole also preferred. To receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply no later than August 17, 2018.
Commensurate with experience. (Bi-Lingual Increment in Addition to Salary: Up to $1,500 Annually)
Medical, dental, long/short term disability, life insurance, loan repayment for attorneys, bilingual stipend, a 403b retirement plan, and generous leave.
Apply by resume and cover letter to: Jmarcotte@SCCLS.org
South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Posted on MLAC website 7/23/18.
Supervising Attorney - Intake, Advice and Referral - South Coastal Counties Legal Services
Supervising Attorney – Intake, Advice and Referral – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), the primary provider of free civil legal aid to low income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod & the Islands, seeks an experienced attorney to supervise the Intake, Advice and Referral component of the organization. The Supervising Attorney will be located in our Fall River office.
The Supervising Attorney will work with the organization’s leadership team, a talented advocacy staff, an engaged statewide advocacy community, and volunteers to ensure access to critical legal services for the poorest and most vulnerable residents of the region. This is a new position in the organization and the Supervising Attorney will have an excellent opportunity to contribute to its strategic growth.
Duties and Responsibilities
– Develop, promote and evaluate systems and protocols for providing effective intake, advice and referral services for the region
– Supervise the work, training and professional development of dedicated intake staff, and the provision of Intake, Advice and Referral Services throughout the program
– Provide excellent Intake, Advice and Referral Services to a diverse client community
– Plan and implement outreach efforts to stakeholders to ensure access to SCCLS services, including the development of materials promoting the program, as well as substantive educational materials
– Effectively utilize the Case Management System, and other technological tools, for supervision and evaluation
– Work with SCCLS’ Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator, as appropriate, to use volunteers to further SCCLS’ advocacy goals
– Assist in the pursuit of new funding opportunities, reporting to funders, and with grant compliance issues.
Qualifications and Experience
– Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, or able to seek admission.
– Five to ten years of experience as a practicing attorney with a substantive expertise in poverty law issues, such as housing, public benefits, family, and consumer
– Demonstrated commitment to serving low income families, elders and people with disabilities
– Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills
– Ability to think creatively about new approaches to delivering, reporting on and evaluating Intake, Advice and Referral Services
– Proficiency in MS Office Suite and knowledge of case management systems preferred
– Fluency in languages commonly spoken by the residents of our region desirable (e.g. Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, Haitian Creole etc.).
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 June 11, 2018. Please submit a letter expressing your qualifications and interest in the position. Include a resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references.
Materials and any questions should be submitted to:
Jeanne Marcotte at Jmarcotte@SCCLS.org.
Subject Line: Supervising Attorney – Intake
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, student 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.