POSITION: Staff Attorney- Family Law and Guardianship
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (w/ some evening trainings)
*This position is hybrid that also requires in person attendance to weekly Family Law and Guardianship clinics in Boston and Woburn.
REPORTS TO: Geraldine Gruvis-Pizarro, Esq., Supervising Attorney
UNIT(S): Family Law and Guardianship
LOCATION: Volunteer Lawyers Project, 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110
STATUS: Exempt, Full Time
SALARY: Starting at $60,000. Commensurate with experience.
This application will remain open until the position has been filled.
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. We are seeking a full-time staff attorney with a dedicated commitment to the communities and people we serve to work in our family law and guardianship units.
VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. Our ideal candidate is respectful of an inclusive work environment. Fluency in a second language is strongly preferred, specifically Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a significant percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.
- Law degree from an accredited law school.
- Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar
REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITITES/SKILLS:
- 1-3 years in full-time family law and guardianship practice, including litigation
- Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
- Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with staff at outside organizations
- Ability to effectively engage with the private bar to recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys
- Ability to use a computer several hours per day
- Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
- Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in Greater Boston
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Maintain updated substantive knowledge in family law and guardianship law
- Attend weekly unit case review meetings
- Effectively and efficiently handle a small caseload
- Provide substantive family law and guardianship supervision at weekly clinics, including answering questions and reviewing advice and drafts of documents and closing cases
- Supervise and mentor interns and pro bono attorneys
- Review cases for merit and alignment with priorities
- Conduct training for volunteers, often during evening hours
- Prepare cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents
- Assist in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys
- Monitor pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation
- Other responsibilities as needed
VLP is committed to a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, genetics, disability, age, military or veteran status.