Paralegal – Volunteer Lawyers Project

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here by April 19, 2019.

POSITION: Paralegal
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
REPORTS TO: Staff Attorney
UNIT: Multiple
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Sq., Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110 & 197 Friend St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Paralegal for various units and projects (Wills, Unemployment, Telephone Advice Panel, and DotHouse Clinic) will manage all aspects of the legal and administrative functions of the assigned units and projects and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.

VLP’s mission is to provide high quality, pro bono legal services in a broad range of civil matters to eligible residents of the greater Boston area, including “Metro-West”; to engage and support the efforts of the private bar in providing pro bono legal services in civil matters; and to engage in constructive collaboration with other legal services organizations.

Bilingual fluency is preferred. Fluency in English and Haitian Creole or Vietnamese (oral and written desired).

QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:
• Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certification program

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
• Heavy use of computer programs and applications
• Ability to stand for long periods of time
• Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer
• Ability to travel to various locations by public transportation

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
• Fluency in English
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in English
• Careful attention to detail
• Reliable and organized
• Customer service-oriented
• Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize and meet deadlines
• Compassionate and ability to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Ability to be flexible with a sense of initiative
• Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate information
• Ability to gather and present information
PREFERRED:
• Fluency in Haitian Creole or Vietnamese
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in a second language

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Develop a deep understanding of the substantive areas of law in the units
• Develop a basic understanding of the substantive areas of law in the organization
• Handle day-to-day administrative functions of the unit including: managing incoming referrals, data entry, client follow up, drafting documents, managing unit caseload
• Gather client and/or case information for new intakes, incoming referrals or ongoing cases.
• Schedule clients for Telephone Advice Panels and the DotHouse clinic
• Open new cases in database, scan all legal documents and eligibility forms
• Maintain client database with attorney/client case updates and/or other case information or updates
• Follow up with clients on cases after intake/clinic for possible referral and/or to obtain additional information
• Draft correspondence to clients
• Draft case referral memos and prepare for referral to pro bono attorneys, other agencies or clinical programs
• Prepare cases for supervisor review and closing
• Interpret and translate documents for clients and attorneys as needed, if fluency allows
• Supervise and train interns on various unit procedures and responsibilities
• Attend weekly legal clinics
• Provide back-up for intake and screening at legal clinics
• Conduct legal intake at the call center 2-3 days per week
• Attend weekly staff meetings (staff, supervisory, unit, committees, etc.)
• Transcribe information discussed at unit meeting
• Attend trainings as needed for professional development
• Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Staff Attorney – Housing Unit – Northeast Legal Aid

Northeast Legal Aid seeks a staff attorney for its Housing Unit. Experience in housing law or bilingual abilities (Spanish-English) helpful. NLA has offices in Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell. NLA provides services in multiple practice areas: housing, consumer, elder, public benefits, family and employment. Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Staff Attorney – Volunteer Lawyers Project

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here by April 14, 2019.

POSITION: Staff Attorney
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (w/ some evening trainings)
REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Esq. Legal Director
UNIT(S): Multiple
LOCATION: 197 Friend Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys and through our call center (aka Eastern Region Legal Intake).

Staff attorneys are committed to serving low-income clients and to working with the private bar to expand access to justice. The staff attorney will work primarily at our call center and will provide advice to clients by phone, online, and in person. The staff attorney will also provide back-up coverage at our legal clinics.

Fluency in a second language is preferred, specifically Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.

CRITERIA APPLICABLE
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
• Law degree from an accredited law school.
• Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
• 2-5 years in full-time law practice, including litigation.
• Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
• Prior work with organization serving low-income clients.
• Prior experience supervising legal work of others.
• Prior experience recruiting and supporting volunteers.
• Prior experience planning and conducting trainings or presentations.
• Prior experience with grant writing and reporting.

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
• Ability to use a computer several hours per day.
• Ability to communicate by telephone for 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.
• Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.

REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
• Excellent 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 private bar to recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys.
• Ability to supervise attorney, paralegal and intern staff.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to engage in critical thinking and problem solving.
• Ability to learn and apply federal eligibility requirements.
• Ability to quickly learn and effectively use case management system.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Maintaining expertise in two or more subject areas.
• Conducting intakes and evaluations of cases through the call center to determine if appropriate information, advice, or referral.
• Providing supervision to the legal advocates at call center.
• Participation in weekly call center staff meetings.
• Providing back up support to approximately two legal clinics each week.
• Reviewing cases for merit and alignment with priorities set by other agencies for potential referral.
• Providing back-up supervision to paralegals, interns, and pro bono attorneys while at clinics.
• Interacting with and recruiting volunteers from the private bar.
• Conducting occasional trainings for volunteers, often during evening hours.
• Preparing cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents.
• Assisting in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys.
• Answering substantive questions from staff members and pro bono attorneys.
• Monitoring pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation.
• Participation in legal aid coalitions and collaborations.
• Assisting with grant applications and reports.

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Staff Attorney – Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project/Family 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) seeks to hire an attorney to fill a permanent full time position in its Family Law Unit to provide family law legal services to and on behalf of victims/survivors of domestic violence in contested matters in the Probate and Family Courts in GBLS services area (Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties).

The attorney will handle a litigation caseload and will participate in legislative and administrative advocacy, community legal education, statewide advocacy networks, and developing and maintaining relationships with community organizations.

Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar with no more than five (5) years’ experience in family law and should have working knowledge of domestic violence law.

Bilingual capacity a plus. Must be able to drive to courts and events in other counties and parts of the state.

Salary is based on a union scale. GBLS offers a generous benefits package and a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: ATT-FLA when applying for this position. Deadline is March 26, 2019 or until position is filled.

Generalist Attorney – Family Law Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks to hire an attorney to fill a permanent full time position in its Family Law Unit. The attorney will work with a team that provides civil legal aid under a grant supporting the collaborative delivery of services to victims of crime across Massachusetts.

The Generalist Attorney will provide legal services in multiple areas of substantive law including but not limited to, landlord/tenant, public benefits, employment benefits, consumer law, and family law.

Employment requirements: Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar with no more than five (5) years’ experience. Bilingual capacity a plus. Must be able to drive to courts and events in other counties and parts of the state. Requires regular attendance at legal seminars and events with a state-wide coalition of legal services advocates.

Salary is based on a union scale. GBLS offers a generous benefits package and a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: CLAVC-GA when applying for this position. Deadline is March 25, 2019 or until position is filled.

Openings for AmeriCorps Advocates (36 positions)

AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-Massachusetts) is seeking 36 college and law school graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Advocates in 2019-2020. This is a full-time service position, requiring 1,700 hours over 46 weeks from September 9, 2019 to July 24, 2020.

Our AmeriCorps advocates serve at partner organizations throughout Massachusetts which provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. Our advocates are supervised by legal professionals throughout the year, and receive training on working with low-income clients, legal ethics, writing, as well as substantive legal issues in all of our practice areas. ALA-Massachusetts advocates are exposed to a wide range of legal activities including initial client contact and eligibility determinations, case development, legal research and writing, hearings and appeals. Our AmeriCorps advocates also have the opportunity to do education, outreach, and service projects in the community. Under federal rules, members cannot engage in political, union or religious activities while serving in an AmeriCorps program.

Housing is a primary focus for many of our partner organizations, but placements are made in a variety of civil law practice areas, including:
• Housing
• Immigration
• Access to Government Benefits
• Employment
• Education
• Income Maintenance
• Mental Health and Health Law
• Legal Problems of Elders
• Sealing of Criminal Records, and
• Family Law.

ALA-Massachusetts has been funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service since 2005. Since we first began, more than 300 AmeriCorps advocates have served 40,000 low-income clients in need of legal assistance. Last year, our AmeriCorps advocates provided legal assistance to 6,996 low-income families and individuals. We have a strong network of members and alumni who maintain connections throughout the service year and beyond.

The program is looking for potential advocates who have an interest in poverty law, a commitment to public service, and strong communications skills. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other foreign language speakers preferred. Because AmeriCorps Advocates have recurring access to vulnerable populations, selected candidates will have to pass a three-part criminal background check in order to serve.
In order to be eligible for ALA-Massachusetts, candidates must be:

• 17 years of age or over
• A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Advocate benefits for the 2019-2020 year include:
• A $26,000 taxable living stipend
• Health insurance
• A $6,095 education award upon completion of service
• The ability to place eligible student loans in forbearance with interest paid upon completion of service
• Child care assistance, if eligible
• Hands-on, supervised exposure to the practice of poverty law
• A national service experience.

ALA-Massachusetts is highly competitive and we receive far more applications to serve that we are able to select. Candidates willing to work in any region in Massachusetts will have a higher probability of being selected for interviews.

Go to https://www.ala-mass.org/how-to-apply to find out how to apply. Applications must be submitted online and must include a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Applications will be accepted starting in February, 2019 until the positions are filled. The program is dependent on a federal funding award made in June.

ALA-Massachusetts is an equal opportunity project, available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. The program is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service placements upon request.

AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts is a program of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a private non-profit law firm providing legal assistance to low-income clients in Southeast Massachusetts. ALA-Massachusetts is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and housed at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCCLS.

AmeriCorps Positions (4) – Greater Boston Legal Services

There are 4 AmeriCorps Opportunities available for lawyers, law students or aspiring law students to begin in September, 2019.

GBLS is the primary provider of free, non-criminal legal assistance in the Greater Boston area, assisting low-income individuals, families, and community-based organizations with a wide range of poverty law matters. Our staff work in the following specialized units to best address the problems faced by the people in our service area living in poverty: Asian Outreach, Elder, Health and Disability, Employment, Family, Consumer Rights, Housing, Immigration, Welfare, the Mass. Medicare Advocacy Project and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) & Re-entry Project. In addition, our Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services Office (CASLS) offers legal assistance in a number of these areas to residents of Cambridge, Somerville and surrounding towns. Placements are available in the Consumer Unit, Welfare Unit, Employment Unit and Cambridge and Somerville Office.

AmeriCorps members will serve as legal assistants under the direct supervision of an experienced GBLS legal professional, many of whom are considered national experts in their respective areas of poverty law. Their responsibilities may involve provision of advice, referrals, brief service, and direct representation of clients at administrative hearings; participation in community education and outreach activities, as well as other related work.

Terms/Benefits: Members making a one year service commitment, and who complete their 1,700 hour service commitment will receive: $26,000 taxable yearly living allowance (paid bi-weekly); a $6,095 education award (payable on completion of the service term); health insurance; day care assistance, if eligible; hands-on supervised exposure to the practice of law and the ability to place eligible student loans in forbearance with interest paid upon completion of service.

Eligibility/Qualifications: Members must be at least 17 years of age, be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. In addition, candidates must be college graduates with an interest in attending law school, attending law school at night, or a law school graduate with an interest in public service law. Proficiency in a non-English language desirable. Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree, JD’s encouraged to apply. Training will be provided.

Sponsorship: The AmeriCorps placements at GBLS are part of the Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program, run under the auspices of the South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. The program is funded through the Corporation for National Community and Service, and administered through the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

Interested individuals must complete and submit an application online at https://www.ala-mass.org/how-to-apply. A cover letter, resume and the signed application should be submitted to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources by email at jobs@gbls.org. Please use job code: “AmeriCorps” when applying. Cover letter should indicate unit of interest. For more information, please contact Ms. Marquez at (617) 603-1805.

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

Litigating Attorney Fellow – Center for Public Representation

The Center for Public Representation (CPR) is a national legal advocacy center that has been advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities who live in the community and in institutional settings, for over forty years. Its staff of eleven attorneys, a director of its Supported Decision-Making project, and two paralegals work in its Northampton, Newton and D.C. offices. CPR recently established a national policy program that primarily is located in its D.C. office. Through its systemic advocacy over the past four decades, CPR has been a major force in promoting community integration, self-determination and improvements in services for people with disabilities throughout the country.

CPR’s system reform agenda includes numerous litigation and policy initiatives implemented across the country that are designed to promote community integration, equal access, improved services, and new standards of care for persons with disabilities. The agenda, like CPR’s mission, focuses on supporting institutionalized and other persons with disabilities to return to, or remain in, their homes and communities and to be full and equal participants in all community activities. This agenda, which is periodically revised and updated, guides the CPR’s legal reform activities. A summary of the CPR’s systemic litigation agenda can be found at http://www.centerforpublicrep.org/litigation-and-major-cases/litigation.

CPR is a national support center, providing training and technical assistance to protection and advocacy (P&A) programs in each of the fifty states and territories under a contract with National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). It provides support on all institutional and community issues, systemic litigation, and P&A access and authority. With funding from the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), CPR also is a statewide backup center and provides technical assistance and support to public and private attorneys who represent people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. It co-counsels system reform cases with legal services and other public interest organizations to enforce the rights of persons with disabilities in Massachusetts.

CPR undertakes new systemic initiatives in collaboration with other public interest law firms, P&A agencies, legal services programs, and consumer advocacy organizations. In addition, CPR has created special partnerships with several large private firms that frequently co-counsel major class action cases.

CPR has a core of highly experienced senior attorneys who work, almost exclusively, on implementing this systemic agenda, creating new system reform initiatives, litigating complex disability rights cases, and designing new systems of care for persons with disabilities in the community. CPR is committed to developing a new generation of senior attorneys who can lead this agenda for at least the next decade. It seeks to recruit, train, mentor, and support several attorneys of various levels of experience to become the new leaders of CPR.

The Position
CPR seeks an attorney who will receive a two year fellowship to work on a range of system reform cases and policy initiatives designed to expand community living opportunities, improve service systems and supports, promote equal access, and redefine standards of care for persons with disabilities. The attorney will have the opportunity to be part of a team responsible for litigating complex civil rights cases, including both injunctive and damage actions. The attorney may have 0-5 years experience. The attorney should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities and have some familiarity with disability services and systems. The attorney will be part of CPR’s highly-experienced litigation team and will be offered ongoing mentoring by its directors.

The Salary and Benefits
Excellent salary, DOE. CPR offers a unique benefit package, and salaries commensurate with small private firms.

We value diversity, and we strongly encourage and welcome people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LBGQT community and people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply.

The position will most likely be located in the CPR’s Northampton office. Please send cover letter and resume to Cathy Costanzo, Center for Public Representation, 22 Green Street, Northampton, MA 01060, or by e-mail to info@cpr-ma.org, by March 31, 2019.

Senior Litigating Attorney – Center for Public Representation

The Center for Public Representation (CPR) is a national legal advocacy center that has been advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities who live in the community and in institutional settings, for over forty years. Its staff of eleven attorneys, a director of its Supported Decision-Making project, and two paralegals work in its Northampton, Newton and D.C. offices. CPR recently established a national policy program that primarily is located in its D.C. office. Through its systemic advocacy over the past four decades, CPR has been a major force in promoting community integration, self-determination and improvements in services for people with disabilities throughout the country.

CPR’s system reform agenda includes numerous litigation and policy initiatives implemented across the country that are designed to promote community integration, equal access, improved services, and new standards of care for persons with disabilities. The agenda, like CPR’s mission, focuses on supporting institutionalized and other persons with disabilities to return to, or remain in, their homes and communities and to be full and equal participants in all community activities. This agenda, which is periodically revised and updated, guides the CPR’s legal reform activities. A summary of the CPR’s systemic litigation agenda can be found at
http://www.centerforpublicrep.org/litigation-and-major-cases/litigation.

CPR is a national support center, providing training and technical assistance to protection and advocacy (P&A) programs in each of the fifty states and territories under a contract with National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). It provides support on all institutional and community issues, systemic litigation, and P&A access and authority.

With funding from the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), CPR also is a statewide backup center and provides technical assistance and support to public and private attorneys who represent people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. It co-counsels system reform cases with legal services and other public interest organizations to enforce the rights of persons with disabilities in Massachusetts.

CPR undertakes new systemic initiatives in collaboration with other public interest law firms, P&A agencies, legal services programs, and consumer advocacy organizations. In addition, CPR has created special partnerships with several large private firms that frequently co-counsel major class action cases.

CPR has a core of highly experienced senior attorneys who work, almost exclusively, on implementing this systemic agenda, creating new system reform initiatives, litigating complex disability rights cases, and designing new systems of care for persons with disabilities in the community. CPR is committed to developing a new generation of senior attorneys who can lead this agenda for at least the next decade. It seeks to recruit, train, mentor, and support several attorneys of various levels of experience to become the new leaders of CPR.

The Position
CPR seeks a senior litigating attorney to lead a number of system reform cases and policy initiatives designed to expand community living opportunities, improve service systems and supports, promote equal access, and redefine standards of care for persons with disabilities. The attorney will have the opportunity to initiate, develop, and try complex civil rights cases, including both injunctive and damage actions.

The attorney must have at least ten years experience with complex litigation in federal court, as well as an understanding of relevant disability and civil rights laws, including the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes (Americans with Disabilities Act, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Medicaid), and state laws. Experience in leading and/or assisting in the development, prosecution, and trial of complex litigation is essential. The attorney should be familiar with disability services and systems and have some experience in designing and implementing remedial orders in system reform litigation. The attorney will be part of CPR’s highly experienced litigation team and will be offered ongoing mentoring by its directors.

The Salary and Benefits
Excellent salary, DOE. CPR offers a unique benefit package, and salaries commensurate with small private firms.

We value diversity, and we strongly encourage and welcome people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LBGQT community and people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply.

The position will most likely be located in the CPR’s Northampton office. Please send cover letter and resume to Cathy Costanzo, Center for Public Representation, 22 Green Street, Northampton, MA 01060, or by e-mail to info@cpr-ma.org, by March 31, 2019.

Pro Bono Director – Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid (CLA), the free civil legal aid organization serving the low-income and elderly residents of Central and Western Massachusetts, has an exciting opportunity for a creative and visionary leader to oversee its pro bono operations. CLA seeks a Pro Bono Director who will have primary responsibility for building and maintaining a vibrant pro bono program at CLA and promoting the delivery of high-quality legal services by volunteer lawyers, law students, paralegals and other professionals in coordination with CLA attorneys and staff. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors. CLA has over 100 staff working across multiple offices, and a budget of $10 million.

The Pro Bono Director will be a member of CLA’s management team and will supervise CLA’s Pro Bono Coordinators. S/he will formulate CLA’s long-term programmatic and strategic pro bono goals and objectives; engage in communications and marketing for CLA’s pro bono programming; recruit private attorneys to participate in CLA’s pro bono programs; train, mentor, support and retain pro bono volunteers; participate in local and state pro bono committees; and administer and manage grants for pro bono services.

The Pro Bono Director will be based in CLA’s Worcester or Springfield office and will travel to the company’s other offices to meet with staff, volunteers, and key stakeholders.

Qualifications:
• Experience as a practicing attorney (minimum of three years preferred) and ability to practice law in Massachusetts.
• Demonstrates commitment to legal services for low-income people.
• Demonstrates understanding of private law firm and corporate pro bono culture.
• Experience supervising, training, and mentoring staff or volunteers (preferably pro bono lawyers).
• Demonstrates the ability and knowledge to develop and manage projects with a broad range of stakeholders.
• Demonstrates an understanding of the intersection between pro bono work and development.
• Excellent planning, organizational, verbal, and written communication skills. Excellent team-building and team leadership skills.
• Ability to learn and follow CLA’s case management protocols and pro bono-related grant compliance and reporting requirements.
• Ability and willingness to travel throughout CLA’s five-county service area.

Resume and cover letter to Eileen Messier, Human Resources Manager, at emessier@cla-ma.org or to Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. EOE.