Staff Attorney – Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids – Health Law Advocates

Staff Attorney
Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids – Holyoke

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 Holyoke and surrounding areas. This attorney, like our attorneys serving in our MHAP for Kids offices in Boston, Lowell, Lynn, and New Bedford 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 Enlace de Familias
• 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 Holyoke Family Resource Center
• Bilingual skills (English and Spanish)

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 – 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.

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, juvenile justice, immigration, mental health and related substantive areas. It seeks to ensure 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 Education Attorney:

The successful candidate will (1) 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; (2) represent students in school exclusion and other discipline matters; and, (3) engage in advocacy around enrollment, ELL, homelessness/McKinney-Vento, and education rights of system-involved youth. The education attorney also will engage in community outreach; training parents, attorneys and service providers; task force/committee participation; and, systems reform work designed to enhance the agency’s direct service efforts. The attorney also will be responsible for working with the agency’s intake staff, and training and mentoring Pro Bono attorneys. He/she will work closely with CLCM’s project offices in Chelsea and Lawrence, staff of legal aid programs across the state, and 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 proficiency or fluency strongly preferred
– Experience in and familiarity with state and federal education and special education laws
– Excellent organizational, communication and leadership skills
– Experience working with urban school and state human service systems
– Commitment to the legal needs of students with disabilities and low-income children, including immigrant populations

Salary and benefits are competitive with legal services scales. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and references to: Jay McManus, Children’s Law Center of MA, 298 Union Street, Lynn, MA 01901, or E-Mail same to j.mcmanus@clcm.org No phone calls, please. The posting will remain open until the job is filled.

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.

Full-Time Immigration Attorney – Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts

The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM) is seeking a full-time staff attorney to provide immigration legal assistance and related advocacy services to indigent children and youth, primarily in northeast Massachusetts and Greater Boston.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1977 and based in Lynn, MA the CLCM is a legal advocacy and resource center that provides a range of 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 are victims of trauma, are homeless, and/or suffer the effects of poverty.

THE POSITION: Our immigration advocacy focuses primarily on special immigrant juvenile, asylum, DACA, U-Visas and related relief for children, most of them from Central America. The attorney will be expected to partner on all aspects of our agency’s immigration advocacy with our current immigration counsel and other CLCM staff. The position is based in Lynn, MA and calls for 40 hours per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Responsibilities include:
1. Engage in a range of legal advocacy measures with the CLCM’s existing immigration counsel in service to immigrant children
2. Provide legal advice and counsel on immigration issues to CLCM clients
3. Provide legal representation in immigration matters before USCIS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, EOIR, and state Juvenile and Probate & Family Courts
4. Train, mentor, and supervise interns and students working on immigration and related matters
5. Participate in community outreach events and know-your-rights trainings
6. Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers
7. Assist agency staff on immigration-related intakes and brief service matters
8. Otherwise assist agency staff counsel as deemed necessary to further the CLCM’s mission.

Qualifications:

1. J.D. or LLM degree with admission to the Massachusetts state bar.
2. One to three years of experience in immigration law.
3. Commitment to serving low-income populations and communities of color.
4. Experience representing low-income individuals and people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
5. Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.
6. Team player with an ability to multitask in a fast paced environment.
7. Ability to speak fluent Spanish.

HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 40 hours weekly. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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 Jacklyn Gurany at j.gurany@clcm.org or mail to Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, 298 Union Street, 2nd Flr., Lynn, MA 01901. No phone calls please.
Applications accepted until position is filled. For more information about CLCM refer to our website: www.clcm.org.

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.

Staff Attorney – Cambridge and Somerville Office – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an AA/EO accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.

GBLS has an opening for a staff attorney at its Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) office which serves Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, and Winchester. The anticipated start date is the end of July 2019.

The staff attorney’s responsibilities will include the full range of housing and state and federal public benefits work at CASLS. The housing work will include representing tenants facing eviction in local district and housing courts, representing tenants facing Section 8 terminations, and representing tenant groups seeking to preserve the affordability of their housing. The staff attorney will also handle some EA shelter terminations/denials, SSI/SSDI hearings, and denials and terminations of SNAP, EAEDC, TAFDC, and MassHealth. The responsibilities will involve administrative advocacy and maybe legislative work on housing and/or public benefits issues.

Qualifications: Candidate must be admitted to the Mass. Bar with between 3 and 10 years of legal experience. Knowledge of housing law is required and some eviction trial/motion experience is preferred. Experience in federal (SSI/SSDI) and/or state benefits (TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP, EA shelter, MassHealth) is required. Fluency in Spanish or Haitian/Creole is preferred but not required.

Salary is based on a union scale. Generous benefits package. Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: CASLS-Atty when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by May 20, 2019.

Part-Time Paralegal – Asian Outreach Program – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an AA/EO/accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.

Greater Boston Legal Services is looking to hire a part-time (60%) paralegal to work in the Asian Outreach Program.

The Asian Outreach Program provides bilingual and bicultural legal services and support for movement building to Asian Americans and Asian immigrants seeking access to justice. Asian Outreach uses a community lawyering model to work with clients and grassroots organizations to advocate for the legal rights of indigent and Asian immigrant communities. We believe that understanding the role of the community is critical to the partnership between the legal and community arms of any movement. Under the supervision of an attorney, case handlers may provide legal counsel and guidance, but clients often know the needs of their community best and can be their own fiercest advocate. Our model enables us to respond to the day-to-day needs of the Asian American community and inspires our broader work against systemic inequality and oppression.

The paralegal will conduct community outreach and intake, provide community legal education, collaborate with existing community partners and foster new relationships with grassroots groups, represent individual clients in administrative proceedings, and support grassroots groups. The paralegal will be a generalist, providing legal assistance in substantive law areas such as housing, employment, family, immigration, and public benefits.

GBLS is looking for a paralegal who is bilingual in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese fluency is required; additional dialects are welcome). An understanding of Asian/Asian American history and culture, and experience working with Asian immigrant communities is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working with low-income immigrants with limited-English proficiency are required.

Salary is based on union scale. GBLS provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance. Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing any prior public interest legal work and/or experience working with the Asian immigrant community to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to job code: AOP-Para when applying for this position. Deadline is May 20, 2019 or until position is filled.

Legal Aid Staff Attorney – Northeast Justice Center

Northeast Legal Aid’s subsidiary, the Northeast Justice Center, seeks a staff attorney to provide free legal aid to victims of crime. NLA and NJC have offices in Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell and provide services in multiple practice areas. Prior litigation experience helpful. Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Legal Clinic Manager – Lawyers Clearinghouse

Lawyers Clearinghouse is seeking a Legal Clinic Manager. The Legal Clinic Manager will oversee the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless program, which facilitates the delivery of pro bono legal services to homeless and very low-income people at Boston-area shelter locations. This is a full-time position with generous benefits.

The mission of the Lawyers Clearinghouse is to improve the lives of people facing social and economic hardship by engaging the legal community in pro bono service to nonprofit organizations and their homeless and low-income clients. We are a small, vibrant pro bono legal services organization located in downtown Boston.

The Legal Clinic Manager will oversee and manage the legal clinic program; work closely with law firms and in-house legal departments to recruit private attorneys to participate; ensure that volunteers have needed training and support; and assist in formulating programmatic and strategic pro bono goals and objectives.

Qualifications:
• Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.
• Commitment to legal services for low-income people.
• Experience practicing in a poverty law area, such as housing, is preferred.
• Experience supervising, training, and mentoring volunteers.
• Strong familiarity of private law firm and corporate pro bono culture.
• Excellent project management and communication skills.
• Ability to work independently and creatively, and as a member of a team.
• Flexibility and sense of humor.
• Bilingual preferred.

Lawyers Clearinghouse is committed to assembling a diverse staff. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Maribeth Perry, Executive Director of the Lawyers Clearinghouse, at mperry@lawyersclearinghouse.org.

Full Time Staff Attorneys – South Coastal Counties Legal Services

South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS), a growing legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and older residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, is hiring full time staff attorneys, admitted to practice or eligible for admission in Massachusetts, to work from its Bristol (Fall River and New Bedford) and Barnstable (Hyannis) County offices. The following positions currently are available at SCCLS:

Elder Attorney to represent older residents of Bristol County in a wide variety of civil matters including public benefits, housing, unemployment, consumer and health care related matters. The attorney will be located in our Bristol County offices.

Benefits Attorneys to represent clients with public benefits issues including social security disability and related benefits. The attorneys will be located in our Bristol County and in our Hyannis office.

Housing and Public Benefits Attorneys to represent eligible clients in housing and public benefits cases from our Hyannis office. Staff attorneys must provide quality legal representation; work as directed on particular grants; cooperate and assist with the timely preparation of grant reports; and engage in outreach and community education.

Staff attorneys must provide quality legal representation; work as directed on particular grants; cooperate and assist with the timely preparation of grant reports; and engage in outreach and community education. Attorneys will manage a substantial caseload of individual cases, along with special projects, and engage in impact advocacy. Experience is preferred. Fluency in a second language such as Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole also preferred.

These positions will be open until filled. For full consideration please apply by May 22, 2019.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

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: Please specify the position(s) you are interested in.

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

Staff Attorney – Immigration – MetroWest Legal Services

MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) seeks a full-time staff attorney to primarily represent undocumented immigrant youth in a variety of immigration matters including, but not limited to, petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-Visas and applications for asylum before the USCIS and EOIR. Qualified candidates will have 1-3 years of experience in relevant immigration law; experience working with immigrants, strong writing and oral advocacy skills, and strong administrative skills. Applicants should have a demonstrated experience working in the public interest or legal aid environment, be passionate about achieving justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income clients, and be a creative team-player committed to securing lasting results for immigrant clients. In addition, qualified candidates should have excellent organizational skills, time management and record keeping skills, including the ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines. Ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese is required. Admission to the Massachusetts State Bar is required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered.

To apply: Please send cover letter including salary requirements and resume to bsoule@mwlegal.org or by regular mail to

MetroWest Legal Services
63 Fountain Street, Suite 304
Framingham, MA 01702.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Staff Attorney – Asian Outreach Program – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an AA/EO/accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.

Greater Boston Legal Services is hiring a full-time attorney to work in the Asian Outreach Program.

The Asian Outreach Program provides bilingual and bicultural legal services and support for movement building to Asian Americans and Asian immigrants seeking access to justice. Asian Outreach uses a community lawyering model to work with clients and grassroots organizations to advocate for the legal rights of indigent and Asian immigrant communities. We believe that understanding the role of lawyers is critical to the partnership between the legal and community arms of any movement. Community lawyers may provide legal counsel and guidance, but clients often know the needs of their community best and can be their own fiercest advocate. Our model enables us to respond to the day-to-day needs of the Asian American community and inspires our broader work against systemic inequality and oppression.

The attorney will engage in community lawyering by collaborating closely with existing partners and fostering new relationships with grassroots groups. The attorney will also conduct and coordinate outreach/intake activities, provide community legal education, represent individual clients and groups of clients in administrative and court proceedings, and represent and advise community-based client groups. The attorney will be a generalist and will provide legal assistance among various areas of law, particularly housing, family law for victims of violence, immigration, and employment. The attorney may also be required to supervise law students and paralegals.

GBLS is looking for an attorney admitted to the Massachusetts bar or comity with no more than five years of experience; who is bilingual in Cantonese and Mandarin, or another Asian language and has experience working with Asian communities. The position will require working closely with the Asian American community to determine community priorities. An understanding of Asian American history and culture as well as experience working with Asian American community groups is preferred, in addition to strong interpersonal skills and commitment to working with low-income immigrants.

Salary is based on union scale. GBLS provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates should submit letter of interest, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to job code: AOP-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is April 26, 2019 or until position is filled.