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NOTE: MLAC is not involved in the hiring at legal aid programs. Please follow the application instructions provided for each position.
Legal Aid Program and Related Openings
If you work for a legal aid program in Massachusetts and would like to post a job on behalf of your organization, please contact Catherine Rizos at email@example.com.
• Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Attorney – Central West Justice Center
• AmeriCorps Legal Assitant (two positions) – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellows (two positions) – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Staff Attorney (Elder, Health, and Disability) – Greater Boston Legal Services
• AmeriCorps Advocates (multiple positions) – Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
• Staff Attorney, Immigration – MetroWest Legal Services
• SNAP/Benefits Advocate – Jewish Family & Children’s Service
• Staff Attorney – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
• Staff Attorneys: HIV/AIDS Law Project (2 positions) – Community Legal Aid
• Coordinating Attorney- Housing – Community Legal Aid
Central West Justice Center, an affiliate of Community Legal Aid, seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide legal assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in housing, employment, immigration, and other matters. The attorney will be based in Worcester or Springfield and will engage in outreach and education activities around the state and handle cases for workers. The attorney will also serve as a statewide resource for other legal aid programs and community partners on farmworker issues. The attorney will be responsible for some grant writing and reporting.
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitled to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Fluency in Spanish required. Access to reliable transportation and travel to remote areas of Massachusetts, sometimes after normal business hours, required. Prior experience working with farmworkers and familiarity with the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act preferred. Salary is based on a scale commensurate with experience. CWJC offers a liberal fringe benefits package.
Submit cover letter and resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Eileen Messier, HR Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. EOE.
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 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.
Greater Boston Legal Services, Inc. (GBLS) will sponsor a limited number of applicants for two national fellowship programs: Equal Justice Works and the Skadden Fellowship Program. Both programs require applicants to develop a proposed project with a sponsoring legal agency. Selections for the fellowships are made by the national programs and not by GBLS. Because of the time needed to develop projects acceptable to GBLS and the applicants, interested persons should contact GBLS as soon as possible. Earlier applicants will have an advantage.
GBLS is the oldest and largest legal services program in New England. Throughout its history, GBLS has been committed to providing aggressive high-quality civil legal services to as many poor people as possible. The people who seek our assistance most often are women and children who need protection from abuse; families and elderly who face eviction from their homes; the homeless who have been denied temporary or permanent shelter; and single parents who have been inappropriately refused welfare, food stamps, or medical benefits. GBLS also provides assistance to client groups such as the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, and the tenants of the Boston Housing Authority.
GBLS’ main office, located at 197 Friend Street in downtown Boston, houses the administrative staff and the following specialized units: Family, Elderly, Health & Disability, Mass. Medicare Advocacy Project, Housing, Immigration, Harvard Immigration Clinic, Employment, CORI & Re-entry Project, Welfare, Asian Outreach and Consumer Rights. GBLS’ Cambridge office consists of advocate teams comprised of Family, Housing, Elder, Income, Mental Health & Disability Rights.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicap-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Interested individuals must submit a cover letter and resume to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Fellowship Opportunities”. Please include in your cover letter a proposed project and indicate unit of interest. For more information contact: Ms Marquez, at (617) 603-1805.
EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The goals of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program are to serve under represented communities; create new public interest law positions; select a diverse group of highly qualified fellows; and develop future leaders in public interest law.
Terms: Salary provided for two full years, loan repayment assistance, national training programs; fringe benefits to be paid by GBLS.
Eligibility: Must be a third-year law student, a recent graduate from an Equal Justice Works law school or an experienced attorney who is committed to public interest law. Please check the website: www.equaljusticeworks.org for a list of current law school members.
Application procedure: The application and instructions are available online at www.equaljusticeworks.org. In addition to submitting an application and other related information, applicants should develop, in conjunction with GBLS, a new project to benefit under represented communities. Applications must be submitted online through the Equal Justice Works website at www.equaljusticeworks.org. Hard copies or email copies of the application will not be accepted.
Application and Selection Timetable:
GBLS deadline: July 17, 2017
EJW Application deadline: September 27, 2017
Interviews Begin for Selected Candidates: November 2017*
Interviews continued; fellowships are offered on a rolling basis: December 2017 – April 2018
Fellows commence work: September 2018*
*date to be determined
For more information on the EJW Fellowship Program please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org.
SKADDEN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The goal of the Skadden Fellowship Program is to provide support to 2018 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work at an organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, or those deprived of their civil or human rights.
Terms: Salary and fringe benefits provided for two full years.
Eligibility: 2018 law school graduates or outgoing law clerks who are not receiving any other fellowship or prize monies for the Skadden Fellowship duration are eligible. The worthiness of the proposed project’s goals as well as the applicant’s competency, character, and commitment will be considered by the grant making panel.
Application procedure: Applicants should submit an application, a proposed project, and additional information in conjunction with GBLS, the sponsoring organization. Applications can be found online at www.skaddenfellowships.org.
Application and Selection Timetable:
GBLS deadline: July 17, 2017
Application deadline: September 18, 2017
Finalists notified: November 17, 2017
Fellows commence work: September 2018*
*date to be determined
For more information on the Skadden Fellowship Program, please go to www.skaddenfellowships.org.
The Elder, Health and Disability Unit (EHDU) at Greater Boston Legal Services seek a staff attorney. 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. Our 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 attorney will primarily staff the School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project, representing low-income students in school discipline and related special education cases, as well as engaging in policy advocacy and systemic litigation. Responsibilities include: Partnering with student organizers to achieve organizers’ goals related to school discipline and school-based rights; conducting intensive outreach efforts with mental health care providers, attorneys in other practice areas, social workers, homeless shelter staffs, etc; managing an active caseload of at least 25 full representation cases plus additional advice and brief service matters; collaborating with legal services, civil rights organizations, and child-focused organizations across the state to advocate for policy changes; advocating for the interests of low-income students of color and students with disabilities across state agencies, school districts, and school associations; maintaining up-to-date knowledge and skills in education law and other poverty law substantive areas as needed and relevant; and performing other work of the Unit as needed.
Requirements: Admission to the Massachusetts Bar or comity; 2-4 years of experience in school discipline, special education, or related education work; Excellent writing, research, and organization; Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and antipoverty legal work; Culturally competent and able to respectfully serve clients of color with a wide range of experiences, abilities, and backgrounds; Experience effectively collaborating with community organizers and community groups, ideally student organizers and youth groups. Bi-lingual ability in a language commonly spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred but not required.
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 a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at email@example.com. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is April 24, 2017 or until the position is filled.
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.
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
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SNAP/Benefits Advocate (Advocate) position is housed within the JF&CS Bet Tzedek Legal Services program. The Advocate assists low-income clients in accessing and maximizing safety net benefits. The Advocate conducts comprehensive intake, determines eligibility, provides occasional application assistance, and conducts follow up and advocacy to achieve positive results. The Advocate will focus on SNAP (food stamp) benefits and will have knowledge and understanding of a broad range of other federal and state benefits, including TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children), EAEDC (Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children), EA (Emergency Assistance), Utilities, SSI/SSDI, Housing and/or Healthcare.
The Advocate will work closely with the Director of JF&CS Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Senior SNAP/ Benefits Advocate and the Legal Case Coordinator. The Advocate will also work closely with other programs at JF&CS and its community partner agencies. This is a full-time position.
Essential Job Functions:
• Provide comprehensive telephone screening to assess eligibility for public benefits and complexities of SNAP denials, terminations or reductions.
• Assist in application process with emphasis on complex cases (LEP, immigrant status, self-employed income, etc).
• Counsel clients and colleagues about the application process, including compilation of verification material and maximization of benefits.
• Research applicable laws & regulations regarding benefits matters.
• Advocate with government agencies on behalf of clients who receive adverse determination and file appeals, as appropriate.
• Assist clients at home and/or other community settings, when needed.
• Train colleagues on eligibility requirements, application process and procedures.
• Collaborate with colleagues at community partner agencies to provide training and consultation on cases, including occasional site visits to partner agencies.
• Maintain accurate database of client records including data collection and database entry.
• Attend trainings and community meetings, as relevant to the job function.
• Related administrative functions and other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in law, social work or related field.
• Preference given to applicants with direct experience in SNAP or DTA-related experience, client intake and assessment experience, and/or low-income population work.
• Must have excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Applicant should be a self-starter and able to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Training provided as appropriate.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (excel, word, outlook) and using web based systems is required.
To apply, visit the Jewish Family & Children’s Service website.
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 staff attorney to work in its Family Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Worcester office and will assist individuals with cases involving family law matters including divorce, child support, visitation, and custody. It is anticipated that 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-writing and 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 strongly preferred. Prior family law experience, particularly with survivors of domestic violence, also strongly preferred.
Submit cover letter and resumes to: email@example.com, or mail to Eileen Messier, Human Resources Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Community Legal Aid (CLA), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Central and Western Massachusetts, seeks two attorneys to assist residents of western Massachusetts with civil legal issues related to their HIV/AIDS status. Each position is temporary for a period of one year, but is subject to extension if funding is secured. The areas of practice for this project include eviction defense; access to affordable housing, healthcare and benefits programs; family law matters; and estate planning issues. The attorneys will be based in CLA’s Springfield or Northampton office and will travel throughout western Mass. to meet with clients and attend hearings and meetings. In addition to handling cases for clients, the attorneys will conduct community outreach and education and will support a panel of private volunteer lawyers assisting the project’s clients. The attorneys will also assist in the preparation of periodic grant reports.
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule is required. Experience in one or more areas of civil poverty law and experience working with vulnerable populations strongly preferred. Spanish proficiency preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important. Ideal candidate would have experience working with the project’s target population.
Please submit cover letter and resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Eileen Messier, Human Resources Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Community Legal Aid (CLA), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Central and Western Massachusetts, seeks a Coordinating Attorney to assist with the coordination of the work done by the its housing unit. The Attorney will be based in one of CLA’s western Mass. offices. The attorney’s work will focus on eviction defense, affordable housing programs, and fair housing. The attorney will: mentor staff in connection with casework and other projects; provide consultation and advice at the request of other staff members; co-counsel major projects and cases with other staff; review cases completed by other advocates prior to case closure; and assist with grant-writing, reporting, and other projects related to the coordination of the unit’s work.
QUALIFICATIONS: At least five years practicing law, with at least two years in legal services or comparable public interest work; substantial experience in eviction defense and other landlord-tenant and housing law; litigation experience in complex cases and/or significant experience coordinating special projects; self-motivated, imaginative and aggressive in identifying, responding to and pursuing legal issues on behalf of CLA’s clients; and capable of providing effective mentoring and consultation.
Resumes to: Eileen Messier, Human Resources Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. or email@example.com Equal Opportunity Employer.