Housing Staff Attorney – MLRI

Deadline for Submission:
Application materials will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis; this is a fast-track hire and qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.

The Position:
MLRI seeks an experienced, dynamic, and strategic attorney with a background in housing law and policy to join its Housing Practice Group and advocate on behalf of low-income and marginalized people statewide.

Primary Responsibilities:
Coordinate and co-lead statewide advocacy on the Emergency Assistance family shelter system and other related programs, including legislative and administrative advocacy and trainings. Coordinate and oversee development and updating of community legal education on housing and homelessness topics. These priorities may change based on the experience and qualifications of the applicant.

Ongoing Responsibilities:
Together with the Housing Practice Group (HPG), coordinate and facilitate statewide housing coalitions; provide technical support for legal services advocates and community groups on housing and homelessness issues; provide analysis and public comment on housing-related state legislation, budget, and policy; lead ongoing efforts with housing legal services advocates on court reform; and work with HPG to take on specific advocacy and other projects as they arise.

About MLRI:
Founded in 1968, MLRI is a nationally recognized nonprofit poverty law and policy center that provides statewide advocacy and leadership in advancing laws, policies, and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. We pursue systems change through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, community lawyering, and other strategies that address systemic harm to low-income people. MLRI’s approach is based on a racial justice and anti-racist framework and uses community-driven and collective impact strategies to advance high impact change. MLRI also serves as the statewide multi-issue poverty law support center for the civil legal aid delivery system; our advocates provide substantive expertise and technical assistance and support to frontline legal aid field programs and advocates and to many serving low-income people.

MLRI’s housing advocates have played a significant role in advancing systemic solutions and policy reforms that achieve housing justice, prevent displacement, empower communities, prevent eviction and homelessness, and preserve housing affordable to lowest income residents. We work in multiple forms through multiple strategies in areas including homeless prevention, public and subsidized housing, tenants’ rights, fair housing, and housing preservation, gentrification and displacement.

Desired Experience & Qualifications:

  • J.D. and licensed (or eligible to become licensed) to practice law in Massachusetts.
  • Minimum 5 years legal experience preferred.
  • Experience or background in housing law and policy including shelter and emergency assistance issues and landlord-tenant issues.
  • Demonstrated litigation and/or policy advocacy experience.
  • Project management experience is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with clients, client groups, community-based organizations and coalitions.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, strategic thinker, creative, and collaborative.
  • Commitment to MLRI’s mission to serve low-income and vulnerable populations and to advance an anti-racist, community-driven advocacy agenda.

Salary and Benefits:

  • MLRI offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment that emphasizes work-life balance.
  • MLRI provides a very generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan employer contribution of 5% after 6 months of employment, as well as vacation, holiday, and family leave.
  • MLRI’s Staff Attorney salaries are based on salary scale range and are commensurate with skills and years of relevant post-JD attorney experience. For example, the approximate salary range for a staff attorney with 0-9 years of experience is: $70,000-105,000 depending on applicant level of experience. Internal equity considerations and average salary of the peer range will be reviewed and taken into consideration.
  • MLRI is currently operating on a hybrid schedule.

How to Apply:
Please email the following required application materials: 1) a cover letter outlining interest, experience and qualifications for the position, 2) a resume, and 3) 1-2 legal writing samples to humanresources@mlri.org. Please note that all required application materials must be submitted in order to be considered for the position. No phone calls please.

MLRI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
MLRI is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a staff, board, and volunteers from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with lived experience of poverty and/or racism, and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Staff Attorney – VLS

Position Overview:

The staff attorney provides direct legal services to veterans on a broad range of civil legal issues to further VLS’s mission of helping Massachusetts veterans overcome adversity by providing free civil legal aid that honors their service, promotes well-being, and responds to their distinctive needs. The staff attorney is supervised by the Colonel Ruby W. Linn Managing Attorney.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Diversity strengthens VLS and enhances the fulfillment of its mission. Individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences, for example, those who identify as people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation Philosophy:

VLS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to attract and retain top talent and to promote the well-being and professional development of its team members, all of whom help advance the organization’s mission. VLS provides compensation information in its job postings to ensure transparency and efficient use of applicants’ time. Employee compensation is evaluated annually and is informed by data from peer organizations, the industry, individual employee performance, organizational impact, and organizational financial standing. Compensation adjustments may include cost of living increases, increases due to comparability data, merit increases, promotions, or bonus payments.

VLS is proud of its comprehensive benefits package for qualified employees, which includes health, dental, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account, state Paid Family Medical Leave contributions (employee’s portion covered), generous 401K employer match, student loan repayment assistance, partial phone reimbursement, continuing education opportunities, a generous sick, personal, vacation, and holiday schedule including paid time off between December 24th and January 1st and half days on Fridays in the summer. To promote team member resilience, following three years of employment VLS also provides two additional personal days per year.

Compensation and Culture:

The position is a 35-40 hour per week hybrid position with a salary range of $72,000 – $76,000 annually, depending on experience (this range represents 0 – 4 years’ experience). This position is eligible for the benefits described above, subject to waiting periods for certain benefits as may be required. VLS offers a congenial working environment and is committed to promoting work/life balance and well-being for its team members who have dedicated their careers to improving veterans’ lives.

Hybrid Work:

VLS currently offers a hybrid work arrangement for its team members. Applicants should anticipate one required in-office day weekly and to come to the office or other locations as needed for meetings or other tasks. Team members may choose to work from home or the office for the remainder of the week. The staff attorney position requires in-person attendance at VLS’s legal clinics at partner sites. The VLS office is located near North Station in Boston, convenient to the orange and green lines and commuter rail. While this is not a fully remote position, VLS strives to balance the convenience of remote work with the benefits of coming together to promote team cohesion. VLS continually evaluates organizational and team members’ needs and may modify its hybrid policy in the future.

Primary tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Meeting directly with prospective and current clients at off-site legal clinics;
  • Recommending appropriate level of assistance to be provided on each matter;
  • Advising and representing clients including in court and agency hearings;
  • Managing own caseload including developing case strategy and legal theories and preparation of pleadings and motions that are integrated into overall case plan and strategy;
  • Identifying and preparing cases for pro bono assignment;
  • Supervising volunteers at legal clinics and in the VLS office;
  • Collaborating with other legal services providers to address issues that impact veterans;
  • Performing outreach to veterans and service providers to help those populations to timely identify and address common legal issues.

Secondary tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Representing VLS at various events including bar association events (which may include occasional evening work) or continuing legal education panels;
  • Assist the Co-Executive Director or Managing Attorney with public policy initiatives in support of VLS’s client population;
  • Assisting with or performing own administrative tasks;
  • Training other team members and volunteers;
  • Assisting with data collection and sharing client stories for grant reporting and communications.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • A J.D.;
  • Admission to the Massachusetts bar;
  • Experience as a practicing attorney, including courtroom experience and experience drafting a variety of pleadings and motions (relevant experience prior to admission to the bar may be considered);
  • Strong written and oral communication with attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Highly organized, reliable, and flexible with strong multi-tasking and prioritization abilities;
  • Ability to meet with clients and work effectively in a variety of environments, such as community housing developments, social services providers, shelters, and Dept. of Veterans Affairs hospitals;
  • Ability to work productively and effectively independently;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and G-Suite, with ability and willingness to learn additional online tools, applications, and technologies;
  • Self-starter with a positive, can-do attitude who will work well independently as well as part of a team;
  • Professional and highly ethical with strict adherence to client confidentiality;
  • Courteous demeanor with excellent judgment and strong sense of humor;
  • Sensitivity to the circumstances of individuals facing financial, health, and other challenges;
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of individuals, including clients, law students, volunteers, attorneys, board members, and funders;
  • Willingness to participate as part of a team effort and assist with reasonable tasks as needed in fulfillment of VLS’s mission;
  • Ability to adapt effectively to ongoing changes in work environment and willingness to find creative solutions to unexpected challenges; and
  • Excitement for VLS’s mission

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience working at or volunteering with a non-profit legal aid organization;
  • Experience or familiarity with family law matters, such as custody/parenting time, child support, and divorce;
  • Experience or familiarity with housing matters;
  • Experience or familiarity with discharge upgrade cases and veterans’ benefits matters at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Experience with Salesforce and PowerPoint.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resumé to StaffAttorneyPosition@veteranslegalservices.org. VLS is unable to respond to phone or social media inquiries. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Senior Attorney, Housing Unit – GBLS

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Accessible Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Greater Boston Legal Services seeks a litigation attorney with 10 years of experience or more to work in the Housing Unit, focusing on representing tenants at risk of eviction.

The threat of homelessness places unbearable stress on individuals and families in our community and rapid development is causing widespread displacement. The Senior Attorney, working as part of the GBLS Housing Unit, will use individual cases to promote systemic change.

The Senior Attorney will supervise staff attorneys, paralegals, interns, and volunteers. This position will also involve direct representation of clients in housing cases, including interviews, factual investigation, research and analysis of law, written and oral legal arguments, evidentiary hearings and trials, negotiation with opposing counsel, as well as preparation for and handling of administrative hearings. The position may also include some of the full range of activities of the Housing Unit, including support for tenants who live in public and subsidized housing, helping tenant organizations preserve affordable housing, shelter advocacy, legislative and administrative advocacy projects, impact litigation, and any other work of the Housing Unit. Should funding for this position change, the attorney may be required to assume work in a different area of law within GBLS.

Qualifications: At least 10 years of experience and admission to the Massachusetts Bar or comity. Trial experience is required, preferably with jury trials. Must have demonstrated experience providing effective supervision and consultation. Experience in housing law is preferred. Written and oral fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole or another language spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred. Attorneys with lived experience of displacement or gentrification are encouraged to apply.

Salary is based on a union scale with a starting salary of $92,000 for an attorney with ten years of experience, with increases for additional years of experience. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys, and generous PTO leave.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to the Human Resources Department via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: HU-SR-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline for application is February 29, 2023, or until the position is filled.

GBLS values diversity and encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Housing Attorneys – JCSM

The Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM), a subsidiary of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elder residents, seeks to hire Housing Attorneys to work with a robust and dynamic housing unit located in downtown Brockton, MA. The housing unit provides high quality direct representation to individuals in summary process (eviction) proceedings, challenges to public and subsidized housing denials, and termination of housing benefits matters. In addition to direct representation, the housing unit engages in systemic advocacy, community outreach and education, and staffs the Lawyer for the Day Program in the Metro South Housing Court.

The Organization: SCCLS and its subsidiary the JCSM, with a staff of nearly 80 and 4 offices in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Hyannis, is the principal provider of free, civil legal aid to low-income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Southeastern MA is geographically diverse and an excellent place to live. SCCLS’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy. The organization prioritizes legal services in: housing, public benefits, elder law, domestic relations, employment, education, immigration, and consumer matters.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide high quality zealous legal representation, counsel and/or referrals;
  • Participate in, or conduct, community education and outreach;
  • Participate in team meetings; identify and participate in impact advocacy projects;
  • Engage in continuous learning in housing law;
  • Participate in other program activities to further organizational goals and mission.

Competencies/Qualifications:

  • Admitted in MA, eligible for admission in MA, or sitting for the July 2024 bar exam;
  • Demonstrated commitment or experience working with diverse communities, including experience representing clients who may have experienced poverty, trauma or discrimination;
  • Strong organizational, time management and case management skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team; ability to be flexible and adapt to client situations and changing program conditions;
  • Proficiency or ability to learn legal case management systems, Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Fluency in a language reflecting our client populations preferred (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer);
  • Prior housing law experience preferred.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries and commensurate with experience. Multi-lingual annual increment to base salary may be added for demonstrated language skills. Generous benefits and leave offered.

Apply: For full consideration, submit: letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references by March 1, 2024 to LThelin@sccls.org with subject: Housing BR. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. We welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized.

Staff Attorney, Employment Law

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 Mass. 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 seeks a staff attorney to work in its Employment Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Springfield or Greenfield office. The attorney will focus on handling unemployment cases and cases involving wage and hour issues, leave issues, and employment discrimination. In addition to representing individual clients, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education, and will work closely with community partners.

QUALIFICATIONS: Third year law students, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Fluency in Spanish preferred, as is experience in poverty or employment law. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. 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. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to: Alicia Vaughan, HR Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, or email avaughan@cla-ma.org. The cover letter should specify which office(s) the applicant is willing to work in.

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.

Legal Aid Deputy Litigation Director – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA), the free civil legal aid organization serving the low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts, seeks an experienced attorney to serve as its Deputy Litigation Director. CLA’s advocacy team handles over 8,000 cases a year in a wide variety of areas, including housing, domestic relations, public benefits, employment, re-entry, and education. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors. CLA has over 150 staff working across multiple offices.

The Deputy Litigation Director will be a part of CLA’s management team and will:

  • Help the Litigation Director coordinate, support, and supervise major litigation and appeals, and co-counsel or otherwise participate directly in those efforts;
  • Help identify systemic issues that affect CLA’s clients, and help develop litigation and/or other advocacy strategies to address them;
  • Work with other supervisory staff to help develop the litigation skills of CLA’s advocates;
  • Review and edit advocates’ written advocacy, including submissions to courts and agencies;
  • Help advocates prepare for oral arguments, including participating in moots;
  • Help support CLA’s DEI advocacy subcommittee that strives to advance and build capacity for racial justice advocacy;
  • Engender a culture of raising and pursuing attorney fee-shifting claims; and
  • Help develop and maintain a litigation docket that summarizes potential and pending litigation and applicable statutes of limitations.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts or eligible for admission to the bar at the time of hiring.
  • At least five years of litigation experience, preferably significant experience litigating complex civil cases in state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate levels.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and an ability to work with frequent deadlines.
  • History of creative and high-impact advocacy and substantive expertise in legal issues affecting low-income people.
  • Substantial experience mentoring and training other advocates.
  • Ability to facilitate collaboration and build and sustain productive and respectful working relationships with others.
  • Prior experience with low-income populations and a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a diverse clientele and staff are preferred.

The Deputy Litigation Director 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.

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 a cover letter and resume to: Alicia Vaughan, HR Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, or email avaughan@cla-ma.org. In your cover letter, please indicate your area(s) of substantive law expertise and litigation experience, an explanation of your interest in this 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.

Legal Aid Staff Attorney, Fair Housing – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA), the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Western and Central Massachusetts, seeks an attorney to join an enthusiastic, skillful team to work on housing discrimination matters. 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 seeks a fair housing attorney to work in its Worcester office. The attorney will raise housing discrimination claims on behalf of tenants filing affirmative cases, defending against evictions, and seeking to access or maintain public and subsidized housing. The attorney will regularly participate in CLA’s housing court lawyer-for-the day program. The attorney will also assist in the preparation of periodic grant reports.

QUALIFICATIONS: Recent law school graduates and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Experience in fair housing and/or landlord-tenant work strongly preferred. Fluency in another language preferred, as is demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. 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); loan repayment assistance; and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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.

Legal Aid Staff Attorney, Family Preservation Project – CLA

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 partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks an attorney who will be part of a team launching a new project in central Massachusetts to help parents who are involved with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). The goal of the Family Preservation Project (FPP) is to ensure that families get the help they need addressing issues of concern to DCF so that DCF does not remove the children from their home. This project aims to keep children safe with their families, minimize the emotional trauma caused by removal, and allow the foster care system to focus its resources on children who truly need its protection.

The attorney will be a member of CLA’s interdisciplinary advocacy team and will work with a case manager and parent advocate to assist parents in the community. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Worcester office and will provide legal assistance in a variety of core poverty-law areas, which may include eviction defense, access to benefits programs, education law, and family law. The attorney’s work, along with that of the rest of the team, will focus on addressing the issues that are leading DCF to maintain an open case on the family with the threat of removal of the children from the home. The goal of the attorney’s work is to provide legal interventions that will stabilize the family so that DCF closes its case without removing the children.

QUALIFICATIONS: Recent law school graduates and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Prior experience in one or more core poverty-law practice areas preferred, as is prior experience with child welfare law. Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and decision-making skills. Committed to serving the needs of a diverse client base.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. 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); law school loan repayment assistance; and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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.

Legal Aid Staff Attorney, Crimmigration – CWJC

Central West Justice Center (CWJC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid (CLA). Together, these two programs have over 150 staff providing a full range of civil legal services to the low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CWJC’s core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

CWJC seeks an attorney to provide legal assistance to individuals facing various legal barriers as a result of a criminal record. This includes representation in criminal record sealing and expungement proceedings; representation in appeals of public and subsidized housing and/or employment denials due to criminal records; advising clients on immigration consequences of criminal records; representation of clients with criminal records in affirmative or defensive immigration cases; referring clients for post-conviction relief; advising and representing clients facing other civil consequences of the criminal court system; and connecting clients with sustainable community support. In addition to representing individual clients, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners. The attorney will work in CWJC’s Immigration Unit and will be based in CWJC’s Springfield office.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred, as is prior experience in immigration law and/or criminal and civil consequence law and demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. 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); law school loan repayment assistance; and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online. Alternatively, you can email your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

CWJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. CWJC encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Staff Attorney, Elder Law – CLA

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 Mass. 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 seeks a staff attorney to work in its Elder Law Unit. The staff attorney will be based in CLA’s Fitchburg office and will assist individuals who are at least 60 years old with legal matters that affect their health, safety, and well-being. The attorney will help clients seeking to obtain or maintain SNAP, SSDI, SSI, SSP, and other benefits. The attorney will also assist clients seeking safety from abuse and exploitation. The attorney will also represent clients of any age seeking access to, or preservation of, Medicare benefits. The attorney will have significant client contact and will assume an active caseload while continuing to accept new cases. The attorney will engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners including elder service agencies. Some grant-writing and grant-reporting required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Candidates should have sensitivity to the unique challenges facing elders. Prior elder law experience, particularly with low-income clients, strongly preferred. Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish, preferred. Prior experience with administrative agency advocacy and hearings is helpful. Access to reliable transportation and willingness to conduct elder home visits on occasion is required.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. 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); law school loan repayment assistance; and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online. Alternatively, you can email your cover letter and resume to: Alicia Vaughan, HR Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, or email avaughan@cla-ma.org.

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.