Intake and Pro Bono Coordinator – Veterans Legal Clinic – Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

Position Available: The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School (LSC) seeks to hire a Veterans Intake & Pro Bono Coordinator to work in the Veterans Legal Clinic. The Clinic—through which Harvard Law students receive hands-on lawyering opportunities—provides direct legal representation to low-income disabled veterans and their families. The Clinic maintains a diverse docket of cases, including appeals involving federal and state veterans benefits, discharge upgrade and correction of military records cases, and estate planning matters. The Clinic practices before agencies, in state and federal court, and before Department of Defense tribunals. Many of the Clinic’s cases raise cutting-edge issues involving the rights of disabled veterans. The Veterans Intake & Pro Bono Coordinator will work closely with clients and Clinic attorneys and will have various responsibilities, including conducting initial client intake phone calls and meetings; screening cases for eligibility; gathering and organizing client documents; maintaining case files; liaising with pro bono attorneys, referral organizations, and other third parties; helping to manage the Clinic’s docket; maintaining the Clinic’s case management system; contributing to community outreach and engagement efforts; and providing administrative support in other respects to the Clinic’s mission. The position represents a unique opportunity to join Harvard Law School’s clinical program, to work in a dynamic public interest and clinical teaching law office, to serve the veterans community, and to develop administrative and advocacy skills. Salary is commensurate with experience. LSC will work with the successful candidate to identify an appropriate weekly work schedule that is mutually agreeable. There are no particular pre-determined days or times.

Minimum Requirements: At least one year relevant experience and a strong commitment to serving the veterans community. Additional qualifications can be found here.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted via Harvard’s Human Resources website. The posting and online application portal can be found here.

About the Veterans Legal Clinic: Founded in 2012 at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, the Veterans Legal Clinic provides pro bono legal assistance to veterans and their families. Our goal is to protect the legal rights of the veterans community through determined, passionate, and effective advocacy. In addition to representing individual clients, the Clinic also pursues broader initiatives to improve the systems that serve the veterans community. To learn more about the Clinic, please visit here.

About the Legal Services Center: Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in the City of Boston, the Legal Services Center is a community-based clinical law program of Harvard Law School. Through five clinical offerings—Family Law/Domestic Violence Clinic, Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, Housing Clinic, Veterans Legal Clinic, and Federal Tax Clinic—and numerous pro bono initiatives we provide essential legal services to low-income residents of Greater Boston and in some instances, where cases present important law reform opportunities, to clients outside our service area. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical needs of the community. Since 1979, we have engaged in cutting-edge litigation and legal strategies to improve the lives of individual clients, to seek systemic change for the communities we serve, and to provide law students with a singular opportunity to develop fundamental lawyering skills within a public interest law setting. To these ends, we actively partner with a diverse array of organizations, including healthcare and social service providers and advocacy groups, and continually adapt our practice areas to meet the changing legal needs of our client communities. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, and pursue with passion our twin goals of teaching law students and advocating for clients. To learn more about LSC, please visit here.

Part-Time Housing Staff Attorney – De Novo Center for Justice and Healing

De Novo, a community-based agency providing free legal services and affordable psychological counseling for low-income people, seeks an experienced attorney (14-17 hours per week) to handle housing cases.

Responsibilities include:
– Coordinating and staffing De Novo’s Lawyer for the Day Clinic at the Eastern Division – Middlesex Session of the Massachusetts Housing Court. This session occurs every Friday morning at Cambridge District Court. Provide legal assistance, including advice, brief service, legal representation, case consultation, in-depth intake, and referrals to clients in judicial and administrative proceedings involving evictions, access to public and subsidized housing, and termination of housing subsidies.
– Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer attorneys to handle cases.
– Participating in coalitions and task forces; working with community-based and legal service organizations; conducting outreach and community legal education.

Qualifications/Competencies include:
– Admitted to Massachusetts bar (or a bar of another state**).
– Experience representing low-income people in court and administrative proceedings.
– Experience representing low-income people in housing cases strongly preferred.
– Experience working with and/or representing a broad range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes.
– Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills. Strong computer skills.
– Bilingual preferred.

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must be eligible to practice as a foreign lawyer under SJC Rule 3.04 and become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Commensurate with Experience. Generous benefits included.

To Apply: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law and resume to John Froio, Deputy Director, De Novo, Email address: jfroio@denovo.org. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

CLSACC is a Fair Employment Practices/Equal Employment Opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Legal Aid Staff Attorney for Medical-Legal Partnership

Northeast Legal Aid (NLA) seeks an attorney to staff a new medical-legal partnership based in Lawrence, MA. Preferred candidates will be bilingual (Spanish-English) with multiple years legal aid experience. NLA provides free legal assistance to low income and elderly clients. Please email a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Paralegal – Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) is hiring a paralegal to collaborate with existing staff to propel the work of the office in defending the rights of persons with mental health concerns. MHLAC is a state agency of the Supreme Judicial Court. Created by the legislature in 1973, it offers free legal assistance to poor people with mental health challenges throughout the Commonwealth, handling 2500 requests for legal assistance annually. In order to maximize the impact derived from limited resources, MHLAC’s employs its experienced and talented staff to identify and pursue issues faced by significant numbers of clients in common, often in cooperation with other advocacy organizations or community groups. Approaches to solving client problems depend on the issue itself and the best strategy for accomplishing results. Tactics include class-based, targeted individual litigation, and community lawyering, as well as legislative, administrative, and public advocacy. MHLAC serves as a statewide resource on mental health law and policy. It generates legal and policy materials, testifies on proposed laws and regulations, and has a long history of providing educational and training programs for public counsel, legal services attorneys, social workers, judges, and the general public.

Position Type: Staff/Full-time, state benefits eligible
Salary Range: $47,795 to $72,477, commensurate with experience and qualifications
Office Location: 24 School Street, Suite 804, Boston, MA 02108
Agency Website: www.mhlac.org
Applications received after July 17, 2019 may or may not be considered.

Qualifications and Experience:
We seek persons with a demonstrated commitment, and the necessary skills, to do high quality advocacy in the pursuit of justice for people with mental health disabilities. More specifically:
– A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required;
– Experience in the delivery of legal services to indigent persons is strongly preferred;
– Knowledge of and/or experience in the mental health care delivery system is helpful;
– Prior experience of working in law offices is helpful.

Skills and Abilities:
– Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with clients and co-workers in a team environment;
– A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job;
– Able to work under pressure, managing multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities;
– Proficient writing, communication and time-management skills;
– Strong technology skills;
– Strong attention to detail;
– Strong interpersonal communication skills;
– Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
– Good judgment and able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion;
– Ability to communicate in Spanish or another language common among potential MHLAC clients strongly preferred.

Duties:
– Work with attorneys in the pursuit of litigation efforts, including conducting formal discovery, processing and maintaining factual information obtained in discovery in formats allowing for ready access as needed, and communicating with class representatives and class members in the course of class litigation;
– Travel to meet with clients and client groups throughout the Commonwealth as necessary to provide representation, collect information, strategize and assist in resolving client community concerns, and to provide information to clients;
– Provide informal legal advocacy to leverage services that enable clients to remain autonomous in community settings and out of hospitals, jails and prisons;
– Field requests from legal advocates and attorneys in Massachusetts seeking technical assistance in cases they are handling for MHLAC eligible clients and provide assistance in cooperation with MHLAC attorneys;
– Attend trainings and other conferences and events relevant to MHLAC priorities in order to stay up to date on mental health law;
– Provide backup assistance in responding to requests for assistance (“intake”) from potential clients;
– Assist in advocacy as needed to address the evolving needs of MHLAC’s client population.

References and writing samples will be requested of finalists.
A criminal background check will be completed for selected candidate.

How to Apply:
By July 17, 2019, please submit resume and cover letter indicating the position you are applying for via email at hiring@mhlac.org or by mail to:

Hiring Committee
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
24 School Street, Suite 804
Boston, MA 02108

The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds to apply, including those who may require reasonable accommodations on account of disabilities. Please contact Director of Operations Abigail Selter at (617)338-2345, ext.143, with any questions regarding the position and requirements.

Office Manager – Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) is hiring an Office Manager responsible for the day‐to‐day services and operations of our Boston‐based office. At the direction of the Director of Operations and/or the Fiscal Assistant, the Office Manager supervises office operations and facilities (including, but not limited to, the maintenance of office systems and organization of the physical plant, as necessary). The Office Manager also answers phones and directs calls, assists in the receipt and processing of requests for legal assistance from prospective clients, performs clerical/secretarial functions, and assists in the planning and execution of office activities, MHLAC training events, Board meetings, and occasional staff social events.

MHLAC is a state agency of the Supreme Judicial Court. Created by the legislature in 1973, it offers free legal assistance to poor people with mental health challenges throughout the Commonwealth, handling 2,500 requests for legal assistance annually. In order to maximize the impact derived from limited resources, MHLAC’s employs its experienced and talented staff to identify and pursue issues faced by significant numbers of clients in common, often in cooperation with other advocacy organizations or community groups. Approaches to solving client problems depend on the issue itself and the best strategy for accomplishing results. Tactics include class‐based, targeted individual litigation, and community lawyering, as well as legislative, administrative, and public advocacy. MHLAC serves as a statewide resource on mental health law and policy. It generates legal and policy materials, testifies on proposed laws and regulations, and has a long history of providing educational and training programs for public counsel, legal services attorneys, social workers, judges, and the general public.

Position Type: Staff/Full‐time, state benefits eligible
Salary Range: $47,795 to $72,477, commensurate with experience and qualifications
Office Location: 24 School Street, Suite 804, Boston, MA 02108
Agency Website: www.mhlac.org
Applications received after July 17, 2019 may or may not be considered.

Qualifications and Experience:
We seek persons with a demonstrated commitment, and the necessary skills, to assist staff advocates to do high quality advocacy in the pursuit of justice for people with mental health disabilities. More specifically:
– A Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) is preferred;
– Experience in working in or administering a law office strongly preferred:
– Experience in taking in and processing requests for legal assistance (intake) strongly preferred;
– Experience with complex work management computer applications and in the provision of technical assistance/computer troubleshooting preferred.

Skills and Abilities:
– Strong organizational skills;
– Strong technology skills;
– Strong attention to detail;
– Good judgment;
– Strong interpersonal communication skills;
– Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
– Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others;
– Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion;
– Able to work under pressure;
– Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities;
– A self‐starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job;
– Accurate proofreader;
– Ability to communicate in Spanish or another language common among potential MHLAC clients preferred.

Duties:
– Responsible for the day‐to‐day administrative functions;
– Assists the Intake Department in taking information from clients who call for legal assistance, recording the information in the office case management system, and responding;
– Provides confidential assistance to the Executive Director and Director of Operations;
– Manages general services by scheduling, allocating and monitoring work and oversees the purchasing of office supplies, equipment inventory and maintenance;
– Oversees the file room, mail, main phone, kitchen area, photocopying areas, maintenance and housekeeping;
– Responds to employee requests/complaints and communicates related issues best handled by
building engineering. Performs follow‐up functions to ensure problem resolution;
– Works collaboratively with the management team;
– Assists staff in clerical tasks as needed;
– Respond to persons who call the office or walk in;
– Determines steps for problem resolution and escalates to manager when issue needs to be resolved at a senior level;
– Supports training events and is the lead contact for event management;
– Has appropriate working knowledge of technology infrastructure and assists in troubleshooting;
– Other related duties, as assigned.

References and computer skill evaluation will be asked of finalists.
A criminal background check will be completed for selected candidate.

How to Apply:
By July 17, 2019, please submit resume and cover letter indicating the position you are applying for via email at hiring@mhlac.org or by mail to:

Hiring Committee
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
24 School Street, Suite 804
Boston, MA 02108

The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds to apply, including those who may require reasonable accommodations on account of disabilities. Please contact Director of Operations, Abigail Selter at (617)338‐2345, ext.143, with any questions regarding the position and requirements.

Paralegal – Employment Law Unit – 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 (GBLS) has a position for a paralegal position in the AOP/Employment Law Unit to represent low wage workers including Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients with unemployment insurance (UI) cases and to oversee the unit’s hiring and supervision of student interns and volunteers handling these cases.

Job duties include overseeing the representation of a high volume of clients in UI cases at the Department of Unemployment Assistance and the Board of Review. This involves reviewing UI intakes on a daily basis to determine which cases should be referred and which should be handled in-house — including identifying those cases that are important for the unit’s systemic advocacy goals. The paralegal is also expected to handle his/her own UI caseload under the supervision of a Senior Attorney. The paralegal’s responsibilities also include hiring law interns including reviewing all resumes, interviewing candidates, attending job fairs, writing letters for funding support, and assisting in evaluations of students’ work. Once students are hired, the paralegal will be required to train students and volunteers in unit protocols including file maintenance and intakes, disseminate training materials, ensure a wide-range of advocacy opportunities, and oversee work assignments.

Qualifications:

The paralegal should have: 1) experience in representing clients in adversarial (2 party) administrative hearings; 2) experience with and/or commitment to working with LEP low-income clients; 3) excellent writing skills; and 4) supervision skills. Bilingual ability in Spanish is preferred but skills in other languages are also highly valued.

Salary is based on union scale. GBLS provides a generous benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating the reason for interest in this position, and resume to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EMP- PARALEGAL Application deadline: July 8, 2019 or until position is filled.

Bilingual Legal Advocate – Volunteer Lawyers Project

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here.

DAYS/HOURS: Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM
REPORTS TO: Chris Neighbours, Supervisor
UNIT: Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) of the Volunteer Lawyers Project
LOCATION: 197 Friend St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
SALARY: Starting at $36,000 commensurate with experience

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. Eastern Region Legal Intake is a project of VLP that provides callers with information, advice, and referrals; screens clients for legal aid eligibility; and conducts intakes in legal aid priority cases.

This is a permanent, full-time staff position on the intake phone line.

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:
– Bachelor’s Degree
– Bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin or Cantonese.
PREFERRED:
– Prior experience working in legal aid, the court system or a law office that handles civil cases.
– Prior experience with an organization serving low-income populations.
– Prior experience working with victims of crimes.

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
REQUIRED:
– Microsoft Office Suite
PREFERRED:
– Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Housing, Family Law, Benefits and Consumer

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
– Ability to conduct legal analysis and apply the law to client’s case facts under the supervision of attorneys
– Ability to utilize case management supervision to deliver information and legal advice accurately under the supervision of attorneys
– Strong writing skills
– Ability to learn and retain information quickly
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Strong organizational skills
– Ability to meet deadlines
– Ability to work independently
– Ability to learn and use case management software and phone systems

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
– Heavy use of computer and phone
– Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
– Conduct intakes and provide legal information and referrals over the intake line.
– Coordinate and manage Advice Panels (scheduling volunteer attorneys to call and advise clients)
– Staff VLP court based clinics
– Update changes to Intake Priorities and Questionnaires
– Conduct community outreach
– General administrative work such as data gathering, scanning and filing
– Other duties as determined by Program needs

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here.

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Staff Attorney – Racial Justice Re-Entry Project – Community Legal Aid

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 a diverse staff of over 100 dedicated and talented people working collaboratively across multiple community-based offices in our service area.

CLA seeks an experienced attorney who will spearhead CLA’s racial justice re-entry project for individuals coming out of incarceration. The Staff Attorney will work out of CLA’s Worcester or Springfield office beginning in the summer of 2019 and will use systemic advocacy and other strategies to ameliorate the adverse civil impacts of criminal records on communities of color. The Staff Attorney will provide legal assistance to individuals who need help sealing, expunging, or correcting their criminal records; have been denied or terminated from affordable housing or public benefits programs; face custody or visitation impediments when trying to build or re-establish family relationships; or face barriers to economic stability due to the imposition of fees and fines. The Staff Attorney will also provide know-your-rights trainings to community members and the groups and agencies assisting them in CLA’s service area.

CLA has an active Diversity and Equity Committee that focuses on community engagement, internal organizational structures, and racial justice advocacy. It is hoped that the Staff Attorney will be an active participant in the Committee’s work.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. At least five years experience as an attorney strongly preferred. Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish, preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice, sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and commitment to working with low-income communities. Access to reliable transportation required.

Resumes to: Eileen Messier, HR Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608, or email emessier@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.

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.