Attorney, Welfare Law Unit – GBLS

September 27, 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.

GBLS provides free legal services and representation to clients in the greater Boston area who cannot afford private legal representation.

GBLS seeks applicants for a permanent attorney position, the first year of which will be in our Welfare Law Unit (WLU) focused on advocacy for tax and other benefits to meet basic needs.  (After the first year, the attorney may be transferred to other work at GBLS, based on need at that time.) 

The WLU handles advocacy work for certain tax/guaranteed income issues, welfare benefits, and subsidized child care benefits through: (1) direct representation of individual clients and their families; (2) systemic administrative advocacy directed at targeted state and federal agencies; (3) class action and other impact lawsuits and; (4) legislative advocacy campaigns to expand, improve, defend, and create income, food, and child care programs.

Core Responsibilities for the Position in year one:

  • Outreach targeted to very low-income clients who did not receive the COVID 2020 and 2021 stimulus payments and/or special 2021 Child Tax Credit
  • Handle tax and collateral welfare cases for clients, including representation with IRS and, with Tax Court and/or Fed. Dist. Court, if needed.
  • Provide high quality representation in all aspects of this work, including:
  • Interviewing and other communications with clients and 3rd parties to obtain initial information
  • Determining the relevant questions and documents needed to assess and handle the case
  • Obtaining additional information and documents from clients, agencies, and other 3rd parties
  • Preparing written communication (email, letters, updates, case lists) for advocacy and other purposes, tailored to the context and the person(s) it to which it is directed
  • Drafting memoranda of fact and law for administrative-level advocacy and appeals
  • Documenting all case work in the client’s case record in GBLS’s case management system
  • Support the WLU’s systemic advocacy through information gleaned from working with clients and community and provider organizations.

Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with clients with significant barriers to employment and navigating bureaucracies
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse clients
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in legal or other advocacy, or demonstrated relevant skills
  • Ability to perform careful, detailed work
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze and work with complex materials
  • Admission to Bar
  • Up to 5 years of experience
  • A plus, but not required: fluency in Spanish or another language prevalent among our clients.

GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, and generous paid-time-off. The position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement between GBLS and the Attorney Union, which governs salary and benefits. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to the Human Resources Team via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: WLU-ATTY when applying for this position. The deadline for applying is October 11, 2022, or until the position is filled.

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

Staff Attorney (Hyannis) – 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 the advocacy team working from its Hyannis office, representing clients with critical legal needs in housing, benefits, employment and/or family law 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: SCCLS salaries are based on a collective bargaining agreement scale with yearly standard increases, multi-lingual annual increment for demonstrated language skills. 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: Staff Attorneys HY. For timely and comprehensive consideration, applications should be received by October 21, 2022. Application reviews will begin immediately.


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.

Staff Attorney, Re-Entry – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 140 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks an attorney to help formerly incarcerated individuals overcome the legal barriers that impede their successful re-entry into society. The attorney will assist individuals with sealing, expunging, or correcting their Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). The attorney will also assist individuals with overcoming the barriers to employment and housing posed by their criminal records, including representation before administrative agencies and in court. In addition to representing individual clients, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners. Some grant-reporting activities are required. Part of the attorney’s time will be spent working on a project designed to increase access to housing for Franklin County residents with a history of incarceration and/or substance use disorder. The project is a collaborative initiative of several agencies which comprise the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Network of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Northampton office and will be required to travel to other part of western Mass. on occasion for client and partner meetings, court and administrative agency proceedings, and to conduct community outreach and education.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar, or eligible to sit for next Mass. Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Prior experience in CORI/re-entry work and housing work strongly preferred. Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and decision-making skills. Track record of working with community partners and effectively conducting community trainings. Committed to serving the needs of a diverse client base. Job requires the ability and willingness to travel by car in western Mass. and to occasionally attend meetings outside normal business hours.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online at https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/690184-253208.html, email your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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.

CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid or undergo weekly testing. 

Immigration Attorney – Victim Rights Law Center

Title: Victim Rights Law Center Immigration Attorney
Status: Full-time/Part-Time/Contract
Location: Boston, Massachusetts/Hybrid/Remote (New England area)

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Massachusetts office is hiring an immigration attorney as full-time, part-time or as a contract attorney! We are flexible if if the attorney is in Boston or the New England area. As sexual violence is at the forefront of the national dialogue, more survivors are coming forward with their safety, privacy, education, housing, employment, financial stability, and immigration needs. We need smart, compassionate attorneys to join us in leading a new response to sexual violence.

Organization: The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of sexual violence to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. This position will be filled by an attorney with a strong work ethic, a passion for mission-driven work, and a commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized communities. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The VRLC will gladly assist applicants in need of accommodations. For assistance contact humanresources@victimrights.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with comprehensive legal consultations, representation, and referrals
  • Represent survivors of sexual violence on immigration remedies including U visas, VAWA self-petitions, T visas, battered spouse waivers, adjustments of status, and petitions for work authorization; as well as privacy, safety, and limited criminal justice system advocacy.
  • Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meetings
  • Conduct strategic outreach to community partners throughout Massachusetts and foster strong relationships with partners in the immigration legal community
  • Facilitate trainings and opportunities for cross-trainings with community partners
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data collection for reporting purposes
  • Work collaboratively with a team of lawyers

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts for a minimum of 2 years and in good standing
  • Minimum of 2 years of immigration law experience (VAWA/U/T/Asylum experience preferred)
  • Bilingual Spanish or Portuguese (spoken and written skills)
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or marginalized communities (e.g. LGBTQIA+, communities of color, people with disabilities, youth)
  • Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving throughout the Commonwealth, if required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Courtroom experience

Salary: $52,000-$65,000, depending on experience. Contract $50/hour. Salary range based on full-time 1.0 FTE. Part-time compensation based on employee FTE.

The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance; long and short-term disability insurance; generous paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; 403(b) plan with employer match; and a caring and innovative work environment.

TO APPLY: Send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “MA Immigration Attorney” as the subject of your email. Please indicate where you saw this posting in your application. No phone calls please.

We are an equal opportunity employer; and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Education Staff Attorney – Victim Rights Law Center

Title: Education Staff Attorney
Status: Full Time (preferred, but flexible)
Location: Remote/Available to appear at hearings and meetings across Massachusetts

Organization:
The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of sexual violence to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. This position will be filled by an attorney with a strong work ethic, a passion for mission-driven work, and a commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized communities. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The VRLC will gladly assist applicants in need of accommodations. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.

This position is ½ direct services and ½ national training and technical assistance.

Direct services: A successful candidate will enjoy providing legal representation to campus student sexual assault survivors across Massachusetts. The candidate will act as an advisor throughout the investigation and adjudication process, advocate alongside the client for supportive measures, and file administrative complaints. They will be committed to serving marginalized and underserved populations and passionate about ending sexual violence.

Technical assistance: The candidate will create and deliver in-person and online trainings, develop curricula that is consistent with innovative approaches to adult learning, conduct legal research, and work collaboratively with campus administrators and their teams across the country.

VRLC strives to build and strengthen a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes building a team that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. People of color, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, survivors, immigrants, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with legal consultations, representation, and referrals
  • Conduct intakes with sexual assault and stalking survivors
  • Participate in intake and case assessment meetings
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data
  • Work collaboratively with a team of lawyers and paralegals
  • Provide support and consultation to campus administrators and their teams in the states, tribes and territories who receive funding from the U.S. DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus program
  • Create, update, and deliver survivor-centered, culturally responsive, remote and in-person trainings
  • Develop, draft, edit, and/or review tools and resources created for student conduct administrators, advocates, Title IX coordinators, and other members of Coordinated Community Response Teams on campus
  • Track and maintain data related to the delivery of training and technical assistance and grant reporting
  • Ensure timely completion of project deliverables
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • 2+ years of experience providing legal representation to survivors of gender-based violence or equivalent expertise
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities (e.g. LGBTQ, communities of color, people with disabilities, minors, etc.)
  • Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving throughout the Commonwealth
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience designing, creating and delivering in-person and remote (online) presentations, trainings, workshops, and companion materials
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and shifting demands and still meet project deadlines
  • Problem-solving skills and creative approaches to using the law to meet survivors’ needs

Salary Range: $60-65k/year depending on experience

Hybrid Work: VRLC has a Hybrid Work Policy. “Hybrid Work” is a flexible workplace model that is supportive and inclusive of employees fulfilling their job responsibilities in-office, remotely, or at another location (partner agency) for all or part of their regularly scheduled work hours. Employees have a choice in selecting a working environment that helps them be most productive while meeting the needs of the VRLC and prioritizing both a survivor-centered approach to work and survivor privacy. For this role, the candidate must be available to attend meetings and hearings in Massachusetts with clients as needed.

Benefits: The VRLC provides generous paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; health and dental insurance; long & short-term disability and life insurance; 403b plan with employer match; public transit pass (when not working remotely); and a caring and engaging work environment.

To Apply: To apply, e-mail us your resume and cover letter at humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “Ed Attorney” as the subject of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.

The VRLC is committed to providing meaningful and equitable access for all candidates. Please let us know if, at any time in the hiring process, an accommodation is needed to make the process more accessible.

Staff Attorney – Victim Rights Law Center

Title: Staff Attorney
Status: Full-time (preferred, but flexible)
Location: Primarily Remote/Available to appear at hearings and meetings throughout Massachusetts

Organization:
The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of sexual violence to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. This position will be filled by an attorney with a strong work ethic, a passion for mission-driven work, and a commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized communities. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The VRLC will gladly assist applicants in need of accommodations. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.


Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with legal consultations, representation, and referrals in one or more of the following areas: safety (258E/209A), privacy (Commonwealth v. Dwyer hearings), housing, employment, immigration, education (K-12 and campus), public benefits
  • Conduct intakes with sexual assault and stalking survivors
  • Participate in intake and case assessment meetings
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data
  • Work collaboratively with a team of lawyers and paralegals
  • Conduct strategic outreach to community partners throughout Massachusetts and foster strong relationships with other organizations working in the field of gender-based violence

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • 0-3 years of applicable litigation experience
  • Experience and/or demonstrated commitment to working with trauma survivors and/or marginalized communities (e.g. LGBTQIA+, communities of color, people with disabilities, youth)
  • Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving throughout the Commonwealth, if required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Courtroom experience

Salary Range: $52,000-$60,000, depending on experience. Salary range based on full-time 1.0 FTE. Part-time compensation based on employee FTE.

Hybrid Work: VRLC has a Hybrid Work Policy. “Hybrid Work” is a flexible workplace model that is supportive and inclusive of employees fulfilling their job responsibilities in-office, remotely, or at another location (partner agency) for all or part of their regularly scheduled work hours. Employees have a choice in selecting a working environment that helps them be most productive while meeting the needs of the VRLC and prioritizing both a survivor-centered approach to work and survivor privacy. For this role, the candidate must be available to attend meetings and hearings in Massachusetts with clients as needed as well as occasional meetings in one of our VRLC offices (Boston and/or Belchertown).

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance; long and short-term disability insurance; generous paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; 403(b) plan with employer match; and a caring and innovative work environment.

TO APPLY: Send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “MA Staff Attorney” as the subject of your email. Please indicate where you saw this posting in your application. No phone calls please.

Senior Attorney – Victim Rights Law Center

Title: Senior Attorney
Status: Full-time
Location: Primarily Remote/Available to appear at hearings and meetings throughout Massachusetts

Organization:
The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of sexual violence to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. This position will be filled by an attorney with a strong work ethic, a passion for mission-driven work, and a commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized communities. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The VRLC will gladly assist applicants in need of accommodations. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.


Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of legal practitioners
  • Collaborate with Massachusetts leadership team to make strategic decisions around direct services, outreach, training participation and staffing
  • Mentor junior attorney(s) including case mentorship and professional development
  • Provide sexual assault survivors with comprehensive legal consultations, representation, and referrals
  • Represent survivors in one of the following areas: housing, immigration, employment, public benefits
  • Represent survivors in privacy and safety matters, along with limited criminal justice system advocacy
  • Represent sexual assault survivors in in-person, telephonic, and Zoom hearings throughout the Commonwealth
  • Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meetings
  • Conduct strategic outreach to community partners throughout Massachusetts
  • Train, mentor, and support pro bono attorneys representing VRLC clients
  • Train other community partners on legal issues that impact sexual assault survivors
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data collection

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • Minimum 6 years of applicable litigation experience
  • Experience and/or demonstrated commitment to working with trauma survivors and marginalized communities (e.g. LGBTQ, communities of color, people with disabilities, youth)
  • Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving throughout the Commonwealth

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Courtroom experience
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Portuguese preferred)

Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000

Hybrid Work: VRLC has a Hybrid Work Policy. “Hybrid Work” is a flexible workplace model that is supportive and inclusive of employees fulfilling their job responsibilities in-office, remotely, or at another location (partner agency) for all or part of their regularly scheduled work hours. Employees have a choice in selecting a working environment that helps them be most productive while meeting the needs of the VRLC and prioritizing both a survivor-centered approach to work and survivor privacy. For this role, the candidate must be available to attend meetings and hearings in Massachusetts with clients as needed as well as occasional meetings in one of our VRLC offices (Boston and/or Belchertown).

Benefits: The VRLC provides competitive benefits, including health and dental insurance; long and short-term disability insurance; generous paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; 403(b) plan with employer match; and a caring and innovative work environment.

TO APPLY: Send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “MA Staff Attorney” as the subject of your email. Please indicate where you saw this posting in your application. No phone calls please.

Legal Aid Housing Law Staff Attorney – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 140 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks a housing attorney to work in its Worcester office in central Massachusetts. The attorney will represent tenants in eviction cases, assist tenants facing denials or terminations from public and subsidized housing programs, and handle other housing-related matters. The attorney will regularly participate in a Housing Court lawyer-for-the day program. Some grant reporting will be required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to poverty law and social justice work. Experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important. Experience in landlord-tenant work, including law school clinical experience, preferred. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or Vietnamese is a plus.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online at: https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/700954-253208.html. Alternatively, you can also submit cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org OR mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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

CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid or undergo weekly testing. 

Legal Aid Staff Attorney, Benefits Unit – CWJC

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, provides high-quality free legal assistance in civil matters to low-income and elderly individuals and families throughout Central and Western Massachusetts.

CWJC seeks a staff attorney to join a vibrant, talented team that provides legal assistance in public benefits matters, including TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP (food stamps), MassHealth, and Emergency Assistance shelter. In addition to handling cases before administrative agencies and in court on appeal, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education. The attorney will be based in CWJC’s Worcester office in central Massachusetts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to poverty law and social justice work. Experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important. Experience advocating for low-income clients seeking public benefits and/or other administrative agency advocacy experience, including law school clinical experience, preferred. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or Vietnamese a plus.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CWJC offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online at: https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/700921-253208.html. Alternatively, please submit cover letter and resume to: avaughan@cla-ma.org OR mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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

CWJC has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

Family Law Staff Attorney (Fitchburg) – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 140 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks an attorney to join its Family Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Fitchburg office in north-central Massachusetts, and will assist clients with cases involving family law matters including divorce, child support, visitation, and custody. It is anticipated that most of the attorney’s clients will be survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. The attorney will have significant client contact and will assume an active caseload while continuing to accept new cases. The attorney will also engage in community outreach and education, and will work closely with community partners including domestic violence service providers. Some grant-reporting activities are required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule is required. Fluency in Spanish preferred. Prior family law experience, particularly with survivors of domestic violence, also preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities. Third-year law students, recent law graduates, and more experienced attorneys are all welcome to apply.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online at https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/700147-253208.html. Alternatively, you can email your cover letter/resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org OR mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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

CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.