Staff Attorney, Consumer & Bankruptcy – VLP

POSITION: Staff Attorney – Consumer & Bankruptcy

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch

REPORTS TO: Natasha Lewis, Supervising Attorney Economic Fairness Unit

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA * hybrid

SALARY:  Starting at $70,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience

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This application will remain open until the position has been filled.


SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Consumer and Bankruptcy Staff Attorney will represent clients in civil and small claims debt collection cases and in bankruptcy cases, mentor pro bono attorneys, and supervise interns who support the Consumer and Bankruptcy units. The Staff Attorney will conduct training, answer substantive questions from volunteers, identify appropriate referrals as well as participate in weekly Consumer Small Claims clinics and a monthly Bankruptcy clinic as well as rotate as an on-call attorney at our call center.

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:

  • Law degree from an accredited law school
  • Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar
  • One or more years of substantive experience as a practicing attorney

PREFERRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:

  • Experience with Legal Server case management software
  • Experience with Consumer and Bankruptcy law
  • Prior experience serving low-income populations and communities

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to absorb and retain new information quickly
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to excel working independently and within a team
  • Ability to learn and navigate computer, case management software, and phone systems
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to various client situations and changes in program procedures
  • Ability to manage stress and identify self-care as needed
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve quickly
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone, by computer, and in person

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Represent clients in civil and small claims debt collection cases at various District Courts and provide supervision at Consumer Debt Collection Clinics (shared with another staff attorney)
  • Represent clients in bankruptcy cases and mentor pro bono attorneys (shared with staff attorney)
  • Identify appropriate cases for referral to pro bono attorneys
  • Train and mentor pro bono attorneys in consumer and bankruptcy law
  • Other program duties as assigned

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

Supervising Attorney of Family Law & Guardianship Units – VLP

POSITION: Supervising Attorney of Family Law & Guardianship Units  

DAYS/HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm  

REPORTS TO: Geraldine Gruvis-Pizarro, Esq. Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono 

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110 * Hybrid 

SALARY: $97,850  

SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys.    

The Family Law and Guardianship unit at VLP is one of the busiest units at VLP. The supervising attorney will provide oversight and support in substantive law and general litigation practice. A clearly defined substantive supervisory structure will elevate the skills of the attorneys in the Family Law and Guardianship unit and improve the consistency, accuracy, and depth of the advice and mentoring given to both VLP staff and pro bono attorneys, to better serve our clients and community.   The supervising attorney will also rotate as an on-call attorney at our call center.  

VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff.    

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:    

  • Law degree from an accredited law school   
  • Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar   

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:   

  • 7+ years in full-time family law and/or guardianship law, including litigation.    
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills  
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with staff at outside organizations 
  • Ability to effectively engage with the private bar to recruit, train, and mentor volunteer attorneys 
  • Ability to use a computer several hours per day 
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer  
  • Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in Greater Boston  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: 

  • Maintain expertise in family law and guardianship law  
  • Lead weekly unit case reviews and provide oversight on follow-through  
  • Effectively and efficiently handle a small caseload  
  • Supervise weekly family law and guardianship clinics  
  • Provide substantive family law and guardianship supervision at clinics and as needed to unit staff attorneys, including answering questions and reviewing advice and drafts of documents and closing cases  
  • Develop training for staff on family law and guardianship and general litigation  
  • Supervise staff attorneys in the Family Law & Guardianship unit and the DotHouse Unit, including reviewing and approving time for payroll, approving time-off requests, and approving training requests  
  • Provide oversight of the DotHouse Unit  
  • Supervise and mentor paralegals, interns, and pro bono attorneys  
  • Review cases for merit and alignment with priorities  
  • Recruit and maintain relationships with volunteers from the private bar  
  • Conduct training for volunteers, often during evening hours  
  • Prepare cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents  
  • Assist in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys  
  • Monitor pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation  
  • Participation in legal aid coalitions and collaborations  
  • Assist with grant applications and reports  
  • Other responsibilities as needed  

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.  

Economic Justice Attorney – MLRI

The Opportunity: The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) seeks a dynamic and creative attorney to contribute to MLRI’s legislative and administrative advocacy and impact litigation to improve and protect access to critical safety net programs, including but not limited to SNAP and cash assistance. The attorney will join MLRI’s Economic Justice team – a collaborative team of four experienced and respected advocates. This is an opportunity to make a major contribution to economic justice work in Massachusetts.

About MLRI: Founded in 1968, MLRI is a nonprofit poverty law and policy center. MLRI’s advocacy and leadership advances economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities through:

  • State and federal legislative advocacy
  • Administrative advocacy with state and federal agencies and administrations
  • Litigation
  • Coalition building and community lawyering
  • Other strategies to address laws, policies and practices that harm low-income people

MLRI’s advocacy strives to incorporate a racial equity lens and a community-driven framework that values the voices and experiences of people with lived experience of poverty and economic and racial injustice.

MLRI is also the statewide poverty law support center in the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system. Our advocates provide substantive expertise and technical assistance to frontline legal aid field programs and many other organizations that serve low-income people and communities in Massachusetts. For more information see MLRI.org.

About Our Economic Justice Practice: Economic Justice advocates are SNAP and cash benefit experts and respected leaders in Massachusetts and nationally. A few examples of MLRI’s work:

  • Leadership. MLRI’s Economic Justice Unit leads the statewide SNAP Coalition, co-leads numerous legislative campaigns, participates in national advocacy conversations, and pursues changes directly with state and federal policy makers.
  • Legislation. In collaboration with partner organizations, MLRI secured repeal of the state’s welfare “family cap” and the first increases in cash benefit grants in over 20 years, restored state-funded SNAP for lawfully present immigrants, prohibited “school meal shaming” practices, and required the state to provide a “common application” for Medicaid and SNAP benefits.
  • Litigation. Since 2014, MLRI has obtained class-wide prospective relief and nearly $20 million in back benefits for over 47,000 low-income households in three SNAP lawsuits.
  • Policy advocacy. MLRI’s successful work to reduce red tape and simplify access has made it easier to apply for benefits, streamlined enrollment for working families, older adults, and college students, and made it simpler for eligible families to stay connected to SNAP.

Over the last decade, MLRI has continued to expand in size, reach and impact. Currently, our annual operating budget is more than $7.5 million and we have 37 staff members. Since 2011 MLRI has been led by Georgia Katsoulomitis, the second executive director in the organization’s 56-year history.

Responsibilities:
Work closely and collaboratively with the Economic Justice unit to:

  • Identify, develop, and implement legislative and administrative advocacy and litigation strategies to improve and protect safety net programs in Massachusetts.
  • Provide legal and technical support to legislators, policymakers, local legal services programs, other advocacy and community organizations on safety net issues.
  • Help build and lead coalitions of community and grassroots organizations.
  • Respond to and work with media on SNAP, cash benefits, and other poverty law issues.
  • Develop and lead workshops and training events for lawyers and community advocates.
  • Write amicus briefs, regulatory comments, reports, policy briefs and advocacy manuals as well as shorter advocacy and educational materials and practical information for advocates, policymakers, clients, community members and other key stakeholders.
  • Represent MLRI policy interests in public forums, including legislative and rulemaking hearings and on statewide task forces.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. and licensed (or eligible to become licensed) to practice law in Massachusetts.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience, which could include a combination of legal aid experience, administrative law experience, impact litigation experience, legislative experience, and/or policy advocacy with state and/or federal administrative agencies.
  • Commitment to MLRI’s mission to serve low-income and vulnerable populations and to advance an anti-racist, community-driven advocacy agenda.
  • Outstanding writing, legal research, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to develop and lead litigation and statewide policy advocacy initiatives.
  • Ability to think creatively, be strategic, and exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to work confidently and carefully, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships outside of MLRI.
  • Ability to flourish in a fast paced, non-bureaucratic work culture that values creative solutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with or on behalf of people and communities in poverty.
  • Knowledge, whether personal or professional, of safety net public benefits programs, especially in Massachusetts.
  • Experience with a practice area that intersects with safety net programs such as child support, subsidized child care, child welfare, or unemployment compensation.
  • Experience organizing or participating in coalitions of community and grassroots organizations.

Salary and Benefits:

  • MLRI offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. MLRI provides a very generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan employer contribution of 5%, as well as vacation, holiday, winter recess 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 annual salary range for a staff attorney with 0-9 years of experience is: $70,000-85,000 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 and is committed to a fair and equitable workplace that promotes work-life balance.

Applications:

  • To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample to: humanresources@mlri.org
  • Application materials will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis; interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit application materials promptly.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

MLRI is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having an inclusive culture and a staff, board, and volunteers with 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, women and non-binary people, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with lived experience of poverty, and people from other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Staff Attorney, Consumer Litigation Unit – NLA

Northeast Legal Aid is hiring a Staff Attorney for its Consumer/Affirmative Litigation Unit. Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer seeking diverse candidates.

NLA offers excellent benefits: Entry level salary $71,000; Free Dental and Life Insurance; 99% employer paid Health Insurance; 401K match; generous leave time; hybrid work environment; Professional Development training opportunities; Student Loan Repayment Program and more!

Staff Attorney, Family Law Unit – NLA

Northeast Legal Aid is hiring a Staff Attorney for its Family Law Unit. Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer seeking diverse candidates.

NLA offers excellent benefits: Entry level salary $71,000; Free Dental and Life Insurance; 99% employer paid Health Insurance; 401K match; generous leave time; hybrid work environment; Professional Development training opportunities; Student Loan Repayment Program and more!

Disability Rights Advocate or Staff Attorney – DLC

The Disability Law Center (DLC) has an immediate opening for a Disability Rights Advocate or Staff Attorney. DLC is the federally mandated non-profit Protection and Advocacy agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DLC’s core mission is to promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.

DLC staff of attorneys and advocates take an intersectional approach to disability advocacy. Disability discrimination often intersects with discrimination by race, gender, and age, and compounds socio-economic inequities.  DLC prioritizes its work to make change on these multiple fronts through individual and systemic advocacy, by monitoring places where persons with disabilities live or receive services, investigating allegations of abuse and neglect; conducting outreach and training; and engaging in legislative and administrative advocacy.

Position: Disability Rights Advocate OR Staff Attorney

Reports To: Supervising Attorney

Location: Hybrid – combination of remote and in-office work in Boston or Northampton

Wage Class: Non-exempt for Disability Rights Advocate; Exempt for Staff Attorney

Union Classification: Eligible

Starting Salary: Up to $69,000, depending upon level of experience.

Responsible For: The successful applicant can be an advocate or entry-level attorney who will engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the applicant will monitor facilities that provide care, treatment, and services for persons who have developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other disabilities, and will conduct investigations in such facilities where there may be probable cause of abuse or neglect. The successful applicant will use the information gathered through monitoring and investigations to assist DLC in shaping and engaging in systemic advocacy. In addition, the successful applicant will work on distinct issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in facilities or in the community and provide individual advocacy, technical assistance, consultation, and outreach and training to clients, family members, and other advocacy organizations.

Specific Duties

Commensurate with the experience, education and qualifications of the successful applicant, the job duties shall include some or all of the following:

  • Monitor conditions through onsite visits to community residences, long term care facilities, and other congregate settings that provide care, treatment, and services for persons with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other disabilities.
  • Identify situations through monitoring and investigation that require further advocacy, investigation, or other services.
  • Investigate complaints of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities by: reviewing relevant medical, other investigating agency, and service provider records; interviewing individuals with disabilities, family members and guardians, and service providers; and documenting investigative observations.
  • Draft memoranda and investigative summaries, findings, and reports.
  • Maintain an active caseload of individual cases, as assigned, involving issues such as human rights and civil rights violations, ISP appeals, discharge planning, community integration, supported employment, Medicaid services, and restraint and seclusion in schools.
  • Analyze statutes, regulations, agency policies/procedures and proposed legislation.
  • Develop and maintain thorough knowledge of appropriate community resources for clients.
  • Provide short-term information and referral for persons with disabilities.
  • Conduct outreach and develop and maintain effective working relationships with service providers, public and private organizations, other agencies, and the community at large, including unserved and underserved populations.
  • Prepare training materials and deliver presentations, trainings, and workshops on subjects pertinent to persons with disabilities, their families, service providers and the community.
  • Comply with agency policies and procedures concerning maintaining complete and accurate records of monitoring, investigation, and advocacy activities in DLC’s database and maintaining confidential records.
  • Assist in the planning and development of DLC’s focus areas.
  • Develop and implement case strategies; engage in negotiation, mediation and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings in consultation with the Director of Litigation and/or the Director of Advocacy (if an attorney)
  • Perform any other duties, as assigned.

Required Attributes:

  • Professionalism and sound ethical judgment.
  • Ability to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the individualized needs of persons with disabilities.
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and collaboratively.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage time spent conducting multiple tasks with long-term and short-term objectives.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Commonwealth.

Other Desired Attributes:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in ASL, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Mandarin, or another non-English language preferred.
  • Experience working with people with developmental disabilities, including people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, and their families and advocates.
  • Experience conducting investigations.

Education and/or Work Experience Required

The successful applicant must meet one or more of the following minimum experience requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with experience (3+ years) in advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities;
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in human services area, with at least 3 years of direct experience working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or with mental health issues; or
  • A comparable combination of educational and work experience.

OR

  • A Juris Doctorate and ability to practice law in Massachusetts (current MA bar admission or immediate ability to be admitted to MA bar required), with up to 3 years of legal experience.

Compensation:

Starting salary is based on DLC’s collectively bargained salary scale based upon years of experience. DLC has a very generous benefits package. For details, please visit Careers at DLC.

To Apply:

Applications received by June 23, 2024 will be prioritized for consideration, then will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Fill out the form here.

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.

Staff Attorney, Housing Unit – GBLS (2 Job Openings)

Greater Boston Legal Services 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 (GBLS) seeks two attorneys to join its Housing Unit as part of its new Neighborhood-Based Eviction Defense Project in partnership with the City of Chelsea.

As this new project begins its operations, the attorneys will work together with local community organizations, La Colaborativa, The Neighborhood Developers (TND), and other groups and City agencies, to develop impact legal work and community lawyering and to implement innovative anti-displacement and housing stabilization strategies across the city.

Responsibilities include: Representing tenants in Housing Court in Chelsea and Boston, staffing Lawyer for the Day programs in court, Staffing housing clinics in several locations in Chelsea, advising tenants and community partners on various legal housing matters, and conducting community trainings. The attorneys will also be required to maintain regular communications with various interested groups and agencies. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.

This position is based in our Boston office and 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: Admission to, or comity with, the Massachusetts Bar, or those sitting for July 2024 Bar Exam. 0 to 5 years of experience is preferred. Prior housing law and/or trial experience is preferred. Fluency in Spanish is strongly desired. Attorneys with lived experience of displacement or gentrification are encouraged to apply.

Salary is based on a union scale with a starting salary of $72,000 for an attorney with no experience to approximately $79,500 for an attorney with 5 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-ATT when applying for this position. Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis after April 22, 2024.

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

Supervising Attorney, Employment Unit

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors.

CLA seeks a Senior Supervising Attorney (SSA) to join its dynamic management team. The SSA will oversee the work of and directly supervise the attorneys in CLA’s Employment Unit, which currently includes 6 attorneys. The unit assists low-wage workers with unemployment cases and cases involving wage and hour issues, leave issues, and employment discrimination. The unit also conducts regular community outreach and education. CLA advocates in other units spend a portion of their time on employment law matters and the SSA will provide support to those advocates as needed.

The SSA’s duties will include co-counseling cases; editing pleadings and briefs; preparing advocates for and observing them in court and in outreach activities; and engaging in regular case reviews. The SSA will also participate in coordinating the training of staff; work with CLA’s Managing Attorneys in conducting annual performance reviews; and assist in writing grant applications and reports.

The SSA will be based in CLA’s Springfield or Worcester office. The position will require some travel to CLA’s offices across central and western Massachusetts to support and build relationships with staff in person.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Must have at least five years of experience as an attorney, with significant experience in employment law. Ability to work collaboratively and strong supervision and communication skills required. The candidate should be an independent thinker and have the ability to calmly and thoughtfully support advocates who work in a high-stakes, fast-paced environment which can often be stressful.

COMPENSATION: 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can email your submit cover letter and resume to: avaughan@cla-ma.org, or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. In your cover letter, please include an explanation of your interest in a supervisory position and your office of preference.

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

Supervising Attorney, Education Unit

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors.

CLA seeks a Senior Supervising Attorney (SSA) to join its dynamic management team. The SSA will oversee the work of and directly supervise the advocates in CLA’s Education Unit, which currently includes 6 advocates. The unit assists at-risk students with cases involving Individualized Education Programs, school discipline (including suspensions and expulsions), language access, and other issues specifically affecting low-income students. The unit also assists children with disabilities seeking to obtain or maintain SSI benefits, with a focus on cases at the reconsideration and appeal levels. The unit also conducts regular community outreach and education.

The SSA’s duties will include co-counseling cases; editing pleadings and briefs; preparing advocates for and observing them in court and in outreach activities; and engaging in regular case reviews. The SSA will also participate in coordinating the training of staff; work with CLA’s Managing Attorneys in conducting annual performance reviews; and assist in writing grant applications and reports.

The SSA will be based in CLA’s Springfield or Worcester office. The position will require some travel to CLA’s offices across central and western Massachusetts to support and build relationships with staff in person.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Must have at least five years of experience as an attorney, with significant experience in education law. Experience litigating children’s SSI cases a plus. Ability to work collaboratively and strong supervision and communication skills required. The candidate should be an independent thinker and have the ability to calmly and thoughtfully support advocates who work in a high-stakes, fast-paced environment which can often be stressful.

COMPENSATION: 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit your cover letter and resume online on our website. 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, Massachusetts 01608. In your cover letter, please include an explanation of your interest in a supervisory position and your office of preference.

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