Paralegal – COVID Eviction Legal Help Project

The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project is accepting applications for Paralegal positions to provide legal support to staff attorneys representing income eligible tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction due to the impact of COVID-19. These are grant-funded positions through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project was formed to expand the capacity of existing legal aid organizations in Massachusetts to respond to the increased eviction filings expected with the lifting of the Massachusetts eviction moratorium. Teams of non-lawyer advocates and lawyers will be hired by local legal aid programs and guided by a supervising attorney to provide support and legal representation at different stages of the eviction process. Paralegals will be an integral part of this statewide initiative.

SUMMARY OF THE PARALEGAL POSITION

Under the oversight of a supervising attorney, the paralegal shall perform his/her duties within the parameters of the project to which he/she is assigned in accordance with the project’s guidelines and priorities.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
– Become knowledgeable with substantive areas of practice.
– Screen and interview prospective clients, assess client eligibility under existing program income and geographic guidelines and program/unit priorities.
– Make referrals to other agencies, as appropriate.
– Record client information using computerized record-keeping systems consistent with program needs and policies.
– Triage cases and identify imminent or urgent deadlines.
– Assist with tracking deadlines and court events, and monitor court dockets.
– Under the oversight of an attorney, provide simple legal information or self-help packets.
– Under the supervision of an attorney, provide legal advice and assist clients in completing legal pleadings, court forms, and other litigation-related paperwork.
– Under the oversight of an attorney, assist tenants to connect with financial assistance for rental arrearages and other stabilization resources.
– Under the oversight of an attorney, draft correspondence to clients, the court, and opposing party
– Attend and participate in scheduled meetings where client eligibility, advice, information and referrals are reviewed.
– Participate in trainings and engage in community education and outreach, including targeted outreach to identified households facing eviction
– Provide administrative support to lawyers to prepare cases for court events.
– Perform such other duties as assigned consistent with the provision of quality client services.

BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
– Paralegal studies/Certificate or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
– Ability to relate to professionals as well as community groups and individuals.
– Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
– Capacity to identify and analyze legal and other problems.
– Ability to do basic word processing for own needs and perform data entry.
– Demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to working for low-income people.
– Experience working with interpreters or fluency in language(s) in addition to English preferred.

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive, depending on experience.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter in PDF to hiring@mlac.org. Positions are available at six legal aid organizations across the state: Greater Boston Legal Services, Community Legal Aid, De Novo Center for Justice and Healing, MetroWest Legal Services, Northeast Legal Aid, and South Coastal Counties Legal Services.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please put the job title in the subject line of your email, and, in your cover letter, please mention where you saw this posting. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. No phone calls, please.

Intake Worker – COVID Eviction Legal Help Project

The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project is accepting applications for Intake Worker positions to provide administrative support to staff attorneys representing income eligible tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction due to the impact of COVID-19. These are grant-funded positions through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project was formed to expand the capacity of existing legal aid organizations in Massachusetts to respond to the increased eviction filings expected with the lifting of the Massachusetts eviction moratorium. Teams of non-lawyer advocates and lawyers will be hired by local legal aid programs and guided by a supervising attorney to provide support and legal representation at different stages of the eviction process. Intake workers will be an integral part of this statewide initiative.

SUMMARY OF THE INTAKE WORKER POSITION

Under the oversight of a supervising attorney, the intake worker shall provide a range of client screening and administrative tasks that promote effective client practices.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
– Client intake (screen applicants for eligibility for services).
– Explain intake and related procedures to potential and current clients and ensure compliance with standard procedures.
– Enter all relevant information into the agency client database.
– Conduct a conflict-of-interest check on all potential clients.
– Set up necessary client files, and forward intake and related information on to the appropriate attorney or paralegal for follow-up action.
– Provide face-to-face and phone translation services for clients as needed.
– Translate letters, documents, etc. as needed.
– Answer and transfer telephone calls.
– Attend and participate in project team meetings.
– Work collaboratively with others on the project team to promote effective communication, coordination and teamwork.
– Perform other duties as needed consistent with the provision of quality client services.

BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
– High school degree or equivalency.
– Capacity to identify and analyze legal and other problems.
– Ability to do word processing, spreadsheet and data entry.
– Demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to working for low-income people.
– Experience working with interpreters, or fluency in language(s) in addition to English strongly preferred.
– Good telephone and reception skills.

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive, depending on experience.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter in PDF to hiring@mlac.org. Positions are available at six legal aid organizations across the state: Greater Boston Legal Services, Community Legal Aid, De Novo Center for Justice and Healing, MetroWest Legal Services, Northeast Legal Aid, and South Coastal Counties Legal Services.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please put the job title in the subject line of your email, and, in your cover letter, please mention where you saw this posting. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. No phone calls, please.

Staff Attorney – COVID Eviction Legal Help Project

The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project is accepting applications for Staff Attorney positions to provide legal support and representation to income eligible tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction due to the impact of COVID-19. This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2021. Extension of an additional nine months of employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project was formed to expand the capacity of existing legal aid organizations in Massachusetts to respond to the increased evictions with the lifting of the Massachusetts eviction moratorium. Teams of non-lawyer advocates and lawyers will be hired by local legal aid programs and guided by a supervising attorney to provide support and legal representation at different stages of the eviction process. Staff attorneys will be an integral part of this statewide initiative.

SUMMARY OF THE STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION

The Staff Attorney reports to a supervising attorney, and is tasked with providing legal information, assistance, and representation of tenants facing eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
– Represent tenants in eviction cases including: interviewing clients and assessing, researching, strategizing, and negotiating cases; preparing pleadings or other documents; representing clients in court, at administrative proceedings, and in other forums as necessary; and closing cases.
– Completion of administrative tasks in accordance with the policies as provided.
– Attend and participate in all meetings related to this project, as appropriate.
– As directed, engage in community outreach activities, including presentations to stakeholders.
– Work collaboratively with others on project team to promote effective communication, coordination and teamwork.
– Perform other duties as needed, consistent with the provision of quality client service.
– Fulfill grant requirements and obligations, including data reporting.

BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
– J.D. required.
– Must be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or provisionally hired pending October 2020 bar results.
– Experience in landlord-tenant law strongly preferred.
– A demonstrated sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and commitment to working with low-income people.
– Strong legal writing skills, including the ability to write briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.
– Strong collaborative, organizational skills and computer skills.
– Strong oral advocacy and negotiation skills.
– Able to represent clients effectively.
– Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all client information.
– Ability to work and communicate effectively with staff, clients, members of the bar, and the local community.
– Experience working with interpreters or fluency in language(s) in addition to English preferred.

Compensation, including benefits, is competitive, depending on experience.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter in PDF to hiring@mlac.org. Positions are available at six legal aid organizations across the state: Greater Boston Legal Services, Community Legal Aid, De Novo Center for Justice and Healing, MetroWest Legal Services, Northeast Legal Aid, and South Coastal Counties Legal Services.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please put the job title in the subject line of your email, and, in your cover letter, please mention where you saw this posting. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. No phone calls, please.