Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors.
CLA seeks a Senior Supervising Attorney (SSA) to join its talented, dynamic management team. The SSA will oversee the work of and directly supervise the advocates in one or more of the following practice areas: (1) education law for at-risk students, (2) employment law for low-wage workers, and/or (3) disability benefits. The education law work that the SSA will focus on will include IEPs and Section 504 Plans, discipline including suspensions and expulsions, and language access rights. The employment law work that the SSA will focus on will include unemployment benefits, wage and hour issues, leave issues, and employment discrimination matters. The disability work that the SSA will focus on will include SSI, SSDI, and SSP.
The SSA’s duties will include co-counseling cases; editing pleadings and briefs; preparing advocates for and observing them in court; and engaging in regular case reviews. The SSA will also participate in coordinating the training of staff; work with CLA’s Managing Attorneys in conducting annual performance reviews; and assist in writing grant applications and reports.
The SSA will be based in CLA’s Springfield or Worcester office. The position will require some travel to CLA’s offices across central and western Massachusetts to support and build relationships with staff in person.
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Must have at least five years of experience as an attorney, with significant experience in at least one of the core areas that are the subject of this posting. Experience with low-income populations; ability to work collaboratively; and strong supervision and communication skills required. The candidate should be an independent thinker and have the ability to calmly and thoughtfully support staff who work in a high-stakes, fast-paced environment which can often be stressful for advocates.
Salary DOE. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.
Please submit cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. In your cover letter, please indicate your area(s) of substantive law expertise, an explanation of your interest in a supervisory position, and your office of preference. CLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. CLA encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.