Staff Attorney – Elder Law Unit – Northeast Legal Aid

Northeast Legal Aid seeks a staff attorney for its Elder Law Unit. Elder or housing law experience or bilingual abilities (Spanish) helpful. NLA has offices in Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell. NLA provides services in multiple practice areas: housing, consumer, elder, public benefits, family and employment. The Elder Law Attorney will work closely with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley under a Title III grant. The position includes community outreach and networking as well as litigation and administrative advocacy.

Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Paralegal Advocate – Project on Predatory Student Lending – Legal Services Center, Harvard Law School

The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks outstanding applicants for a Paralegal Advocate to start January 2019. The Project is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive environment and seeks to increase the diversity of people engaged in consumer law, and economic justice and consumer advocacy. Salary is commensurate with experience. Harvard offers generous benefits including paid time off and health insurance.

Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School’s Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending uses litigation and advocacy to make it legally and financially impossible for the predatory for-profit college industry to cheat students, and to relieve borrowers from fraudulent student loan debt. The for-profit college industry exploits the promise of higher education, and perpetrates a massive fraud on students who are trying to build a better life. It transfers billions of dollars of taxpayer funds intended to support higher education to corporate profits, leaving students and families poorer than they started. Rather than providing opportunity, the industry reinforces existing societal inequalities by specifically targeting people of color, women, immigrants, veterans, the unemployed, and first-generation college goers. The Project provides direct legal services to former students of for-profit colleges across the country, and has an active docket of high-impact cases. To learn more about the Project’s work, including our significant recent cases, please visit www.projectonpredatorystudentlending.org.

Role & Responsibilities: The Project’s two Paralegal Advocates are the face of the Project to our clients and potential clients. They are responsible for the Project’s screening, intake, and client relationships. The Paralegal Advocates counsel our clients on questions related to federal and private student loans from forprofit colleges, and work with Project attorneys on court filings, keep the Project’s paper and electronic records in order, and participate in other aspects of case management. The position is a six-month initial appointment with the possibility of renewal based on funding and Project need.

Skills & Experience: Three years of experience in legal support, office administration, client services or social services. Post-secondary education may count toward years of experience. Candidates must have exceptional listening skills, a strong ability to convey information orally and in writing, the demonstrated ability to thrive in a demanding, mission-driven environment, and a commitment to serving low-income communities. Special consideration will be given to applicants with proficiency in Spanish. Additionally, we seek candidates who:
– Are committed to and passionate about the Project’s mission, and working with its client base;
– Are highly proficient in Microsoft Office and adept at learning new technologies;
– Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and perform well under deadlines;
– Enjoy working collaboratively; and
– Are highly organized and detail-oriented.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted via Harvard’s Human Resources website: http://www.employment.harvard.edu/careers/findingajob/. Applicants should apply for the position designated as Paralegal Advocate, Harvard Law School (ID #47576BR), or click here.

Staff Attorney – Family Law Unit – Northeast Legal Aid

Northeast Legal Aid seeks to hire a staff attorney for its family law unit. Experience assisting survivors of domestic violence and bilingual (Spanish-English) helpful. NLA has offices in Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell. NLA provides free legal services in multiple practice areas: housing, consumer, elder, public benefits, family and employment. Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal opportunity employer.

Staff Attorney – Employment Unit – Central West Justice Center

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, seeks a staff attorney to work in its Employment Unit. The attorney will be based in CWJC’s Springfield, Massachusetts office and will travel as needed to assist clients throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts. The attorney will focus on handling unemployment cases and cases involving wage and hour issues, leave issues, and employment discrimination.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar, or eligible to sit for next Mass. Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience in unemployment compensation law and/or administrative agency advocacy strongly preferred. A demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities.

Please submit cover letter and resume to: emessier@cla-ma.org, or mail to Eileen Messier, HR Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. EOE.

Staff Attorney – Public Benefits – Central West Justice Center

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, seeks an attorney who will assist clients with cases involving public benefits issues, including TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP (food stamps), MassHealth, and Emergency Assistance shelter. The advocate will be based in CWJC’s Springfield office and will assist clients living in various parts of western Mass. In addition to handling cases, the advocate will engage in community outreach and education. Some grant reporting will be 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 a second language, especially Spanish, strongly preferred. Experience advocating for low-income clients seeking public benefits and/or other administrative agency advocacy experience, including law school clinical experience, strongly preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice, sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and commitment to working with low-income communities.

Please submit cover letter and resume to: emessier@cla-ma.org, or mail to Eileen Messier, HR Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. EOE.

Legal Services Housing/Benefits 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 Hyannis offices. The attorneys will work primarily in the areas of housing and public benefits, including social security disability and related benefits and as otherwise directed by the Executive Director and Hyannis 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. Fluency in a second language such as Spanish and or Portuguese preferred. The position will be open until filled.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. (Bi-Lingual Increment in Addition to Salary: Up to $1,500 Annually)

EXCELLENT BENEFITS: 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
Subject Line: HYLO Housing/Benefits Attorney

South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Staff Attorney – Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids, New Bedford – Health Law Advocates

An exciting opportunity to provide legal representation for at-risk children within a growing program of a leading non-profit, public interest law firm.

The Opportunity
HLA is a dynamic non-profit, public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income Massachusetts residents having difficulty accessing or paying for health care. Founded in 1996, HLA provides individual representation and advice for more than 700 clients annually. HLA also engages in system-wide litigation, public policy advocacy and educational programming to advance its goals.

HLA’s Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids (MHAP for Kids) diverts children with unmet mental health needs from the juvenile justice system and helps them access treatment. MHAP for Kids attorneys are embedded in Family Resource Centers where they help at-risk youth overcome barriers to treatment in school systems, state agencies, and the court system. A Boston University study of MHAP for Kids found that the program improves the health of children and their families. MHAP for Kids received state funds to continue this work in the Family Resource Centers in FY’18 and FY’19. HLA seeks to expand MHAP for Kids statewide.

Health Law Advocates (HLA) seeks a highly qualified, motivated lawyer with knowledge of the juvenile court, mental health and/or education systems to join the talented MHAP for Kids team as our Staff Attorney serving New Bedford. This attorney, like our attorneys serving in our MHAP for Kids offices in Lowell, Lynn and Boston, will advocate for children across the court, mental health and school systems to ensure that their mental health needs are met and their legal rights are protected. The Staff Attorney will advocate for up to 30 youth at a time.

The MHAP for Kids Staff Attorney: Responsibilities
The Staff Attorney will be a member of HLA’s MHAP for Kids team of talented advocates and report to the Director/ Managing Attorney. The
primary day-to-day responsibility of the position is to provide legal representation for youth with unmet mental health needs.

More specific activities include:
– Meeting with clients
– Conducting legal research and writing
– Analyzing education, medical and court records
– Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with staff of the host Family Resource Center operated by the United Way of Greater New Bedford.
– Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with state agencies, such as: DCF, DMH, DYS, as well as other stakeholders in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems
– Managing case files
– Promoting MHAP for Kids in the community
– Participating in program evaluation

The MHAP for Kids Staff Attorney: Qualifications
Minimum Requirements Include:
– Juris Doctor Degree
– 4+ years of relevant work experience
– Excellent communication skills, including oral advocacy and writing skills
– A strong understanding of the juvenile court
– A strong understanding of children’s mental health systems
– Strong advocacy skills

Other Preferred Qualifications:
– Track record of effectively collaborating with government and community-based service agencies
– Demonstrated cultural competence
– Proven ability to handle a substantial caseload
– Knowledge of the communities served by the New Bedford Family Resource Center
– Bilingual/Trilingual skills (English, Spanish and Portuguese)

Benefits
This position includes a robust benefits package including competitive salary (based on experience and other qualifications), comprehensive health insurance and a generous paid leave policy.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by email to jobs@hla-inc.org. Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Health Law Advocates is an AA/EO Employer. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

Education Attorney – Medical-Legal Partnership – Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts

The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (“CLCM”) is seeking a full-time staff attorney to provide educational legal assistance and related advocacy services to indigent and disabled children and youth served by the MGH-Chelsea Community Health Center.

Founded in 1977 and based in Lynn, the CLCM is a legal advocacy and resource center that provides a range of legal services to children, from newborns to 22 years, in education, child welfare, immigration, mental health and related substantive areas. It seeks to ensure access to justice and maximize opportunity for its clients, many of whom confront challenges in public schools and/or are caught up in the state’s human service systems.

General Responsibilities of MLP Education Attorney:

The successful candidate will (1) conduct intakes on and investigate education-based referrals by medical staff and area residents of MGH-Chelsea Community Health Center (2) represent children with disabilities in special education disputes, including advocating at Team meetings and in litigation before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals to ensure delivery of appropriate services, and/or combat disparate treatment and unjust discipline; (3) represent students in school exclusion and other discipline matters; and, (4) conduct advocacy around enrollment, ELL, homelessness/McKinney-Vento, language access, and other education issues confronting youth referred by the Community Health Center. The attorney also will engage in various non-case related activities including community outreach; training parents, attorneys, school and service providers on legal issues affecting children; task force/committee participation; and systems reform/policy work. She/he will work with staff of numerous youth-serving programs in the northeast region and Greater Boston.

Qualifications:
– Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar or licensed to practice law in Massachusetts
– Spanish language fluency required
– Familiarity with state and federal education and special education laws & regulations
– Strong organizational, communication and leadership skills
– Experience working with urban school and state human service systems
– Commitment to the legal needs of low income children, including immigrant populations
– Ability to work well with others in medical, educational and legal settings

Salary and benefits are competitive with legal services scales. To apply, send or e-mail a cover letter, resume and references to: Jay McManus, Children’s Law Center of MA, 298 Union Street, Lynn, MA 01901 or j.mcmanus@clcm.org. No phone calls, please.

CLCM is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace and encourages all applicants, regardless of age, race, national origin, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation to apply.

Development Director – Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts

The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (“CLCM”) is a private, not-for-profit legal advocacy and resource center for low-income children based in Lynn, with project offices in Chelsea and Lawrence. For more than 40 years, the CLCM has provided a range of legal assistance to some of the state’s most vulnerable children, with an emphasis on those in northeast Massachusetts and greater Boston. Substantive areas targeted by CLCM advocates include child welfare (abuse & neglect), education, immigration, juvenile justice, and mental health. It combines direct legal assistance with a number of advocacy initiatives, including trainings, technical assistance, outreach, and various policy-based endeavors designed to ensure equal justice and maximize opportunity for disadvantaged children and youth. The CLCM has an annual budget of just under $1 million annually. Please visit our website (www.clcm.org) for additional information. The CLCM seeks a full-time Development Director to spearhead all development activities at the agency. The Development Director, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board, will have the opportunity to build a comprehensive development effort both strategically and functionally.

Responsibilities:
– Provide leadership in conceiving and implementing a comprehensive development plan for the agency, including timeline and measurable outcomes
– Build/enhance annual fund/major gifts program through appeals and communications
– Identify, cultivate and steward relationships with key constituents; represent CLCM’s interests in the greater community
– Oversee public relations and marketing efforts across a variety of media channels
– Interact with individuals, the local community, civic organizations, corporations, foundations, and volunteers
– Work closely with the Executive Director, the Board and staff in identifying major gift prospects
– Identify foundation grant opportunities, perform grant/report writing, and oversee the tracking of proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
– Oversee management of data entry and gift processing
– Provide strategic development input to the Executive Director and Board
– Develop relationships with law firms and other similar legal entities
– Collaborate with Executive Director to foster Board development

Qualifications:
– BA required.
– 3-5+ years of experience in development/fundraising
– Excellent organizational, managerial, written and oral communication skills
– Strong social media skills
– Knowledge of the state’s legal aid and human services system a plus
– Commitment to disadvantaged children and families
– Knowledge of fundraising database platforms
– Ability to work independently as well as within a team
– Strong customer service skills required

The Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity in the workplace.
Qualified applicants should mail or E-Mail a resume and a cover letter to:
Jay McManus
Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
298 Union Street, 2nd Floor
Lynn, MA, 01901
j.mcmanus@clcm.org
No phone calls, please.

Full-time Attorney – Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) is a small, dynamic community-based agency that provides affordable mental health counseling and free legal services for low-income people throughout the Boston/Cambridge area. CLSACC seeks a Full-time Attorney to work in its Program for Global Human Rights and Resilience (CGHRR). S/he will report to the Legal Director.

Responsibilities include:
1. Provide legal assistance, including advice, brief service, legal representation, case consultation, in-depth intake, and referrals to eligible clients who are immigrant and refugee victims of crime in family law, immigration, housing, and disability cases.
2. Make referrals for clients as appropriate to CGHRR counseling staff and/or case manager for crisis intervention, safety planning, case management, therapy, and other services.
3. Collaborate with community-based social services and other legal services programs.
4. Collaborate with staff and provide consultation at Transition House.
5. Conduct community outreach to agencies serving immigrant victims of crime, including agencies that serve ethnically diverse populations.
6. Ensure that clients are aware of available services including victim compensation.
7. Collect required data and assist with the preparation of grant reports as needed.
8. Recruit, train, and supervise volunteer attorneys and law students to handle cases.

Qualifications/Competencies include:
1. Admitted to Massachusetts bar ** with 2 or more years of experience in family law.
2. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts.
3. Experience in immigration, housing and disability law preferred.
4. Experience representing low-income individuals and people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
5. Excellent writing, communication, oral advocacy and organizational skills.
6. Team player with an ability to multitask in a fast pace environment.
7. Bi-lingual highly desirable.

**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.

HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 35 hours/week. Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefit package, including health, life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance, vacation, personal, and sick time, 403(b) plan, Flexible Spending Plan, training and professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter addressing experience and interests relevant to the position, and 2) a resume, by e-mail to John Froio, Deputy Director, at jfroio@clsacc.org No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position is filled. For more information about CLSACC refer to our website: www.clsacc.org

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.