Temporary Housing Staff Attorney, HILA Tenant – VLP

POSITION: Temporary Housing Staff Attorney – HILA Tenant 

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

REPORTS TO: Lead Housing Attorney 

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt  

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110 and Remote* 

SALARY/WAGES: Starting at $60,000 commensurate with experience 
*Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19 

   

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

SUMMARY OF POSITION:    

Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) seeks a Temporary Staff Attorney for a special project addressing COVID-19 related evictions. The staff attorney work in VLP’s housing unit to represent tenants facing eviction as a result of COVID-19. The staff attorney will mentor pro bono attorneys, supervise interns who support the housing unit, and identify appropriate referrals as well as staff and supervise volunteers at weekly Lawyer for the Day and Answer & Discovery clinics. The staff attorney may also plan and conduct trainings and perform outreach. 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.   

The Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has engaged the Volunteer Lawyers Project to participate in a coordinated legal services delivery system to deliver free legal assistance to income eligible tenants and owner occupant landlords facing eviction issues due to COVID-19. The Project seeks to ensure that legal assistance is available to all who are eligible. 

The Project will provide referrals, legal information, assistance and limited legal representation in all sittings of the Massachusetts Housing Court to preserve or achieve housing stability. The initiative will serve tenants in the greater Boston areas and income eligible owner-occupied landlords of up to a 3-family home in a statewide. The Project will provide legal assistance statewide to low-income tenants and owner-occupants who are at 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level in COVID-related eviction cases. Through the Project, trained staff and pro bono attorneys will help owner occupants and tenants as they navigate the eviction process. 

  This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2024. 

  REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:   

  • Law degree from an accredited law school 
  • Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar 
  • Experience in Landlord/Tenant law and Summary Process 

PREFERRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:   

  • Experience with Legal Server case management software 
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and serving low-income populations and communities 
  • Supervision experience 
  • Fluency in Spanish 

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  
  • Strong data entry and typing skills  
  • 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 
  • Ability to use a computer several hours per day   

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: 

  • Represent clients in housing cases in various courts 
  • Staff VLP housing clinics 
  • Identify appropriate cases for referral to pro bono attorneys 
  • Recruit, train, and mentor interns and pro bono attorneys in housing cases 
  • 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.

Temporary Housing Bilingual Paralegal (Landlord), COVID Project – VLP

POSITION: Temporary Housing Bilingual Paralegal (Landlord) – COVID Project

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

REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney

LOCATION: Remote and 7 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110*

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

SALARY/WAGES: $49,862

 *Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

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

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is seeking a temporary bilingual paralegal to manage aspects of the legal and administrative functions for a Statewide Project related to COVID-19 evictions. Fluency in both English and Spanish languages is required. However, we encourage those interested to apply who are versed in other languages (oral and written), specifically those who speak Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.

The Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has engaged the Volunteer Lawyers Project to participate in a coordinated legal services delivery system to deliver free legal assistance to income eligible tenants and owner occupant landlords facing eviction issues due to COVID-19. The Project seeks to ensure that legal assistance is available to all who are eligible.

The Project will provide referrals, legal information, assistance and limited legal representation in all sittings of the Massachusetts Housing Court to preserve or achieve housing stability. The initiative will serve tenants in the greater Boston areas and income eligible owner-occupied landlords of up to a 3-family home in a statewide. The Project will provide legal assistance statewide to low-income tenants and owner-occupants who are at 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level in COVID-related eviction cases. Through the Project, trained staff and pro bono attorneys will help owner occupants and tenants as they navigate the eviction process.

This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2024

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certification program
  • 1-3 years of direct paralegal or program management experience preferred

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Ability to commute/travel to and from courthouse locations and/or office, as needed
  • Heavy use of computer programs and applications
  • Ability to sit for long periods
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish (oral required and written desired/preferred)
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in English and Spanish
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Reliable and organized
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Ability to independently 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
  • Proficiency in use 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
  • Ability to independently manage caseloads of rental assistance cases
  • Ability to independently manage and oversee large projects

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Develop a deep understanding of housing and landlord/tenant Law
  • Manage all aspects of case management, coordination of clinics, communication with partners, clients, volunteers, interviewing of clients and fact gathering.
  • Handle day-to-day administrative functions of the project, including but not limited to:
    • Intake and screening for eligibility;
    • Managing incoming referrals, data entry, client follow up, drafting documents;
    • Managing caseload;
    • Attending meetings and trainings; and
    • Collaborating closely with other members of the project
  • Perform other duties as needed or as directed

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 Housing and Appeals – VLP

POSITION: Supervising Attorney Housing and Appeals 

DAYS/HOURS:   8:30 – 4:30, Monday – Friday plus occasional evening trainings / events 

REPORTS TO: Managing Director  

UNIT(S): Housing and Appeals  

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110 and Remote* 

SALARY: $95,000.00 

 *Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

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

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.   

The Housing Unit is the largest unit at VLP.  The Supervising Attorney will provide general oversight to the Housing and Appeals units, substantive supervision at in-person and remote legal clinics as well as for staff LAR and full-rep cases and provide mentoring and supervision to pro bono attorneys.  The supervision and support provided will elevate the skills of the Housing unit and improve the consistency, accuracy, and depth of the advice and mentoring given to both VLP staff as well as to our pro bono attorneys, to better serve our clients and community.   

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:  

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

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/ABILITIES/SKILLS:  

  • 7+ years in full-time housing law, including litigation
  • Proficiency in use of 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 private bar to recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys  

 REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:  

  • 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

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE/ EXPERIENCE / ABILITIES/SKILLS:  

  • Experience with Massachusetts appellate procedure 
  • Bilingual in a second language, preferably Spanish   

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Maintain expertise in housing law 
  • Lead weekly unit case reviews and provide oversight on follow-through 
  • Supervise weekly housing clinics 
  • Supervise the Appeals Clinic, including attending the Appeals Clinic and closing Appeals Clinic cases 
  • Provide substantive housing supervision at clinic and as needed to housing unit staff attorneys, including answering questions and reviewing advice and drafts of documents 
  • Develop trainings for staff on housing law and litigation 
  • 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 trainings 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. 

Bilingual Paralegal, Family Law and Guardianship – VLP

POSITION: Bilingual Paralegal – Family Law and Guardianship

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

REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney  

LOCATION: Remote and 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110*

STATUS: Full-time, Non-Exempt

SALARY: $52,015

*Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

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This position requires fluency in English and Spanish. Please be advised that selected candidates will be required to take a Spanish Language Proficiency exam.

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

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Family Law and Guardianship unit paralegal supports our busy team working on Family law and Guardianship issues including legal clinics and Call Center support.  The paralegal will manage both legal and administrative functions of these units, including meeting and following up with staff and clients, communicating with other members of the team internally and externally, providing support to the call center on a rotating basis, and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.  The paralegal will manage various court-based clinics both on a virtual platform and in-person clinics located in Boston (Suffolk Probate and Family Court) and Woburn (Middlesex Probate and Family Court).


REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE: 
 

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certification program
  • Fluency in Spanish and English – oral and written              

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • Heavy use of computer programs and applications
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
  • Ability to travel to various locations in Greater Boston
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Ability to collect and present information
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Reliable and organized
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Compassionate and able to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Zoom
  • Ability to be flexible and work independently
  • Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate and interpret information
  • Able to learn new computer software and systems quickly

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the organization’s programs and projects and substantive areas of law, especially those substantive areas of law in which you will be assisting clients
  • Develop a deep understanding of the abuse prevention law in MA (Chapter 209A), the legal standard and the court process for obtaining an abuse prevention order
  • Handle day-to-day case management administrative functions
  • Attend weekly legal clinics and case review meetings
  • Transcribe/document case updates and next action steps during meetings for cases
  • Provide intake support at the call center twice per month.
  • Attend weekly meetings and transcribe information discussed at legal unit meetings
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development
  • Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission

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.

Bilingual Paralegal, Consumer and Bankruptcy – VLP

POSITION: Bilingual Paralegal – Consumer Bankruptcy

DAYS/HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, 35 hours per week (with 1 evening clinic)

REPORTS TO: Staff Attorney – Consumer & Bankruptcy

UNIT: Bankruptcy and Consumer

STATUS: Full-time, Non-exempt
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110 and Remote*

SALARY: $52,015

*Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

Click here to apply!

This position requires fluency in English and Spanish. Please be advised that selected candidates will be required to take a Spanish Language Proficiency exam.

This position will remain open until filled. 

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) represents low-income people in the Greater Boston area on a variety of civil legal problems, including housing, consumer issues, and family law matters. Many cases are referred to volunteer private attorneys who handle the cases with VLP providing training and ongoing support. This role supports the organization’s attorneys as well as the pro bono panel in all aspects of the legal and administrative functions of the unit, case management for the unit, and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization. Must be motivated and committed to public interest work and access to justice.

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

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

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

REQUIRED:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, database and web content management systems, and
  • collaborative project tools.
  • Ability to effectively engage with the private bar in recruiting and retaining volunteer attorneys.
  • Paralegal experience at Volunteer Lawyers Project

PREFERRED:

  • Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Bankruptcy and Consumer

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Ability to use a computer and phone for several hours a day
  • Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in the Greater Boston area

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and have the ability to be detail oriented.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and staff at outside organizations.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, be reliable and flexible.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

Bankruptcy Paralegal Duties

  • Develop and maintain the administrative support for screening new cases to ensure client eligibility for VLP services and completion of files for screening by staff attorneys in a timely manner
  • Draft case referral memos to be reviewed by staff attorney
  • Provide the main telephone support for fielding questions from clients seeking to file bankruptcy.
  • Follow up with clients on cases after clinics that need further assistance or representation.
  • Provide administrative and technical support for volunteer attorneys during the duration of their bankruptcy case.
  • Assist with the recruitment of attorneys who will accept bankruptcy cases.
  • Report to supervisor when bankruptcy intakes and referrals need to be adjusted.
  • Organize and compile reports on intake and referral statistics.
  • Schedule clients and attorneys and intern volunteers for monthly bankruptcy clinics.
  • Set up monthly bankruptcy clinics in the office or at DotHouse.
  • Conduct intake of new clients at the Bankruptcy clinics to ensure eligibility; collect required documentation for bankruptcy cases and assist with obtaining credit reports
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development.
  • Maintain Bankruptcy case reports
  • Delegate case processing tasks to interns as needed.
  • Assist with bankruptcy grant requirements.
  • Prepare cases for closing weekly.

Consumer Unit (shared with the Economic Fairness Project Coordinator).

  • Attend Consumer case review, assist with client follow up and case processing
  • Conduct intakes of new clients at the small claims clinics (shared with the Economic Fairness Paralegal).
  • Conduct post-clinic follow-up with clients and case processing to ensure documents and notes are accurate and current.
  • Follow up with clients on cases after clinics that need further assistance or representation.
  • Draft case referral memos to be reviewed by staff attorney.
  • Assist with the recruitment of attorneys who will accept bankruptcy cases.
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development.
  • Delegate case processing tasks to interns as needed.
  • Track and report statistics (i.e., defaults) from consumer clinics to the Economic Fairness Project Coordinator for reports and outreaches.
  • Prepare cases for closing weekly.
  • Participate in other projects as needed to continue the VLP mission.

VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. Our ideal candidate is respectful of an inclusive work environment.

Administrative Assistant – VLP

POSITION: Administrative Assistant 
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus occasional evening trainings with one unpaid hour for lunch (35 hours) 
REPORTS TO: Finance and Operations Manager 
STATUS: Full-time, Non-exempt 
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA, 02110  
HOURLY WAGE: $25.80/hour 

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This position will remain open until the position is filled. 

SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is seeking an Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the main office and accounting and human resources teams. The ideal candidate will demonstrate compassion for low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status, demonstrate strong cultural sensitivity and awareness, be reliable, motivated, and committed to public interest work and access to justice, and communicate effectively. The Administrative Assistant will develop and maintain a meaningful understanding of the organization’s programs and services to best serve VLP’s staff and clients.  

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE:  

  • 2+ years consecutive experience working in an administrative assistant capacity or similar role 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, with moderate to advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook

PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE:  

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree 
  • Bilingual 
  • Experience performing basic accounting functions, such as entering transactions 

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • Ability to commute to the office and work in-person 
  • Heavy use of computer and telephone 
  • Ability to travel and sit or stand for long periods of time 
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and via electronic communication 

REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS  

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work with diverse cultures, professionals, and personalities 
  • Strong data entry and typing skills 
  • Reliable and flexible with a sense of initiative 
  • Strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills 
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Ability to keep workspace, projects, and tasks in order 
  • Ability to stay focused and on task in a fast-paced, busy environment 
  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to work independently and within a team 
  • Ability to review, update and manage multiple calendars, projects, and tasks 
  • Ability to navigate through the internet, research, and locate information 
  • Ability to quickly learn the use of software and equipment 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 

  • Direct callers and visitors to the appropriate staff person or to the call center 
  • Handle the day-to-day administrative functions, tasks, and assignments 
  • Update, review, and monitor multiple calendars 
  • Support basic accounting, human resources, and other functions as assigned 
  • Data entry and preparation of acknowledgment letters using donor management system 
  • Prepare materials, computer equipment, and set up for trainings and meetings 
  • Provide support to all staff members as needed 
  • Maintain and coordinate all aspects of VLP’s inventory database 
  • Coordinate supply orders for staff and office 
  • Serve as back-up and support to quickly handle any computer, internet, telephone, or other technology and equipment issues 
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings for staff and Board of Directors 
  • Other tasks 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. 

Advocacy Director – GBLS

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

GBLS provides free legal services and representation to clients in the greater Boston area who cannot afford private legal representation. Leveraging over 122 years of experience, and with a staff of 160 people, GBLS’s mission is to achieve social and racial justice through legal advocacy.

The Director of Advocacy is a member of the senior management team, reporting directly to the Executive Director, and is responsible for leading, inspiring, and promoting excellence in pursuit of our mission to combat injustice, strengthen communities and protect human dignity through legal representation and advocacy. The Director of Advocacy brings strategic vision and management experience to our work to break down barriers to equity caused by poverty, racism, sex discrimination, disability, and other circumstances that systemically impair access to essential resources and opportunity. The Director of Advocacy carries out these responsibilities through close collaboration with our Managing Attorneys, and by serving as an expert, supportive counsel, and resource to our advocates.  Toward this end, the Director of Advocacy is engaged in access to justice community-wide activities that promote our advocacy goals and is a visible leader within the Commonwealth’s progressive advocacy community.

 

Key Duties:

  • Develops advocacy structures and programs to respond to emerging client community needs and the needs of all GBLS advocates.
  • The Director of Advocacy plays a critical leadership role in advancing our racial justice commitments and our work to center race equity in advocacy determinations, support staff’s anti-racist growth and development, and is committed to identify, and work with our DEI Director to address GBLS’ shortcomings and challenges in advancing our commitments to being an anti-racist and anti-poverty organization.

 

Advocacy Direction:

  • Provide dynamic, motivational leadership for high quality, impactful, and innovative legal representation and advocacy to our highly committed advocates, and communicates GBLS’ advocacy objectives and successes to encourage and enhance public support for our work and mission.
  • Promotes the effective use of organizational resources to advance GBLS’ mission and advocacy objectives
  • As a member of the senior management team, coordinates and implements advocacy related policies and protocols, on regulatory and compliance issues, and develops effective systems for management and support of advocates to ensure program-wide collaboration on systemic advocacy efforts.
  • Ensure that GBLS’ systemic advocacy is aligned to achieve strategic goals.
  • Partner with advocates to determine the best strategies and tools for given goals (i.e. administrative advocacy, class action lawsuit, legislative campaign).
  • Participate in GBLS leadership and senior management teams to address program wide policy issues.

 

Major Systemic Advocacy Projects:

  • Supports, and oversees advocacy staff engaged in Major Advocacy Projects including, supporting systemic and individual advocacy, identifying professional development opportunities for advocates, promoting client-centered practices, identifying and responding to emerging client community legal needs, and coordinating systemic advocacy including legislative, and administrative advocacy.
  • Oversee , coordinate and support GBLS staff engaged in legislative activities
  • Oversee the legal aspects of pro bono partnerships on major litigation.

 

Advocate Support:

  • Works with the leadership team to address and enhance advocacy related professional development systems and provide opportunities to develop advocacy leaders,
  • Facilitates coordination and collaboration of client intake and service systems among all units and specialized projects to strengthen our law firm culture to meet client access, legal representation needs, and advocacy objectives.
  • Apply anti-bias practices to ensure that all advocates have access to learning opportunities.
  • Be available to assist advocates with urgent or complex ethics issues.

 

Qualifications: 

  • Must be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts or be eligible for admission at the time of hiring.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in legal services or similar advocacy organizations with a demonstrated ability to work across multiple substantive areas of law.
  • Must have significant experience in litigation, particularly in complex civil cases in state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and supervise others in a collaborative manner.
  • Strong leadership skills and a leadership style that encourages professional growth in others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and in interest in developing policies.
  • Strong commitment to poverty law issues.
  • Demonstrated success in providing culturally competent and accessible services to diverse client groups.

 

Salary & Benefits: 

  • Starting annual salary is $100,000 or higher depending on experience.
  • GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, and generous PTO leave.

 

How to apply:

  • Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and brief writing sample to the Human Resources Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to job code: ADVOCACY when applying for this position.
  • Deadline to apply is February 28, 2023 or until position is filled; applications to be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

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

Staff Attorney (Disability Benefits): Elder, Health and Disability Unit – GBLS

January 13, 2022

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

Greater Boston Legal Services seeks a staff attorney with 1-3 years’ experience for a permanent position in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit (“EHD”).

The staff attorney’s responsibilities will include assisting adults with a full range of state and federal public health and income benefits work. The staff attorney will handle hearings on denials and terminations of SSI/SSDI. The responsibilities will involve administrative advocacy on SSI/SSDI appeals at all levels. Some legal experience in poverty law as well as knowledge of federal benefits (SSI/SSDI) including but not limited to, taking SSI/SSDI cases in front of an Administrative Law Judge, to the Appeals Council, and to Federal Court is helpful. The staff attorney may handle other duties as assigned, if needed by the unit.

Qualifications:

  • Admission or comity with the Massachusetts Bar is required
  • 1-3 years of legal experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to perform careful, detailed work
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze and work with complex materials
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse clients
  • Commitment to Social Justice
  • Fluency in Spanish/Haitian Creole is helpful but not required

Salary is based on a union scale, which begins at $60,000 for an attorney who has just graduated law school. Future compensation will be determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement and we are in the middle of the union contract negotiation. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, paid time off, and a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. The attorney will work out of the GBLS Boston office. However, at present due to COVID-19, work is handled both remotely and in the office.

Candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to the Human Resources Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATTY when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by January 31, 2023.

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

Paralegal: Elder, Health & Disability Unit and CASLS – GBLS

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

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a full time paralegal to work primarily in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit (EHDU) providing client representation in Social Security matters. A small part of the work is providing client representation in housing administrative hearings for the clients of the Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) neighborhood office. The paralegal will be sited at the GBLS’s Boston office. A hybrid work schedule is possible. 

EHDU represents elders, people with disabilities and families to ensure that they have income, health care and services needed to live independently in the community. The unit’s work includes access to SSI income for children and adults, access to affordable health care for all, and representation of elders in benefits and housing matters. It serves the cities and towns of the Greater Boston area.

CASLS is a small neighborhood office of GBLS located in East Cambridge. It serves low income residents of Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Winchester, and Woburn primarily on housing, public benefits, and mental health issues and elderly residents of Cambridge and Somerville.

The candidate will primarily work on SSI and SSDI terminations and denials (for children, adults, and elders) for both the EHDU and CASLS service area, under the supervision of an EHDU attorney or paralegal. This involves interviewing clients, investigating facts, gathering and assessing medical records, assessing the merits of a case, researching and analysis of the law, drafting of written and oral legal arguments, and preparing for and handling of Social Security administrative hearings, including making oral arguments and examination of witnesses (including medical experts). The position may also involve assisting in litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, supervising student and volunteer interns, community legal education, and other work of the EHDU The position also involves attendance at statewide meetings and trainings.

Around 30% of the candidate’s time will be spent on representing clients on administrative housing cases for the CASLS service area, under the supervision of a CASLS attorney. This involves interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting file reviews and other fact gathering, assessing the merits of a case, researching and analyzing the law, drafting of testimony and oral legal arguments, and preparing for and handling of housing agency administrative hearings including but not limited to the denial of public housing and Section 8 vouchers, eviction grievance hearings, and Section 8 termination hearings. It may also involve housing policy advocacy. Qualifications: Candidates should have good communication, organizational, and written and oral presentation skills; ability to read, analyze and synthesize large volumes of medical and other records; and strong demonstrated commitment to anti-poverty and civil rights work. Experience advocating for low-income people and working with immigrants, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of color preferred. In addition to fluency in English, fluency in one or more of the languages spoken by GBLS clients, such as Spanish or Haitian Creole, among others, is preferred.

The salary for this position is based on a union scale. The salary range for an applicant with 3-5 years of experience is $41,500 to $43,500 (currently under negotiation) with increases depending on experience. GBLS offers a generous benefits package including low cost health insurance, retirement contribution, paid time off, and ongoing professional development opportunities. Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to the GBLS Human Resources Team by email to:  jobs@gbls.org . Please refer to Job Code: EHD/CASLS-para, when applying for this position.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by February 10, 2023.

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

Staff Attorneys (All Offices) – SCCLS

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a growing non-profit civil legal aid program, provides quality legal representation to low-income and other vulnerable residents of Southeastern MA, Cape Cod & Islands. SCCLS seeks to hire permanent Staff Attorneys to join advocacy teams in all SCCLS law offices, representing clients with critical legal needs in housing, benefits and other priority legal matters.

We seek attorneys committed to seeking racial and economic justice for low-income communities through the provision of high-quality client centered legal representation. This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization of supportive, creative colleagues who work hard to provide life-changing legal representation for the most vulnerable persons in our communities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be admitted in MA or eligible for admission. We prioritize prior poverty law and/or litigation experience and an aptitude for working with clients who may have experienced poverty, trauma or discrimination. You will bring a commitment to race equity and anti-racism in your legal work and in the workplace. You are someone who can work independently but also as part of a team. You are organized, detail oriented and able to prioritize; skilled at factual and legal investigation and analysis, able to persuasively communicate our clients’ legal claims, and able to engage effectively in person and remotely with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values. You are creative in identifying and pursuing legal projects with broad impact, and in providing outreach and community legal education. Fluency in a language that reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer) is valued.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary is based on a collective bargaining agreement scale currently starting at $65,000 with yearly standard increases, multi-lingual annual increment for demonstrated language skills. Starting Benefits package: health and dental with supplemental coverage, life insurance, disability, flexible spending account, 403(b), loan forgiveness. Generous paid leave including sick, vacation, personal and holidays.

APPLY: Submit letter of interest, resume and legal writing sample by email to: LThelin@sccls.org with Subject Line: SCCLS Staff Attorneys. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
SCCLS and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM), with a combined staff of nearly 80, is the principal provider of free, civil legal aid to low-income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. SCCLS law offices are located in Hyannis, New Bedford and Fall River. The Justice Center is located in Brockton. SCCLS’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy. The organization prioritizes legal services in: housing, public benefits, elder law, domestic relations, employment, education, immigration, and consumer matters.

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