Education Attorneys – 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 attorneys to expand its Education team. The Education practice represents vulnerable students in the region to ensure they are not excluded from educational opportunities or directed away from those opportunities due to disability, a language barrier, race, national origin, or poverty. In doing so, the Education team will challenge systemic, underlying education policies and practices that contribute to the denial of access to a quality education, resulting in low-expectations, ineffective instruction, and inadequate interventions.

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. You possess vision and a sense of urgency in addressing client needs. 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: Education Attorneys. For timely and comprehensive consideration, applications should be received by December 16, 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.     

Health Justice Advocate – MLRI

Date Posted:
November 1, 2022

The Opportunity:
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced advocate to develop and advance a statewide project to overcome access barriers to Medicaid and other public benefits and to address health-related needs for individuals returning to the community after incarceration. MLRI was one of 24 organizations awarded a 5-year grant from the Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds (MCHHA) to address the root causes of health inequities; disrupt and remove barriers to health; and advance racial and health equity by tackling institutional and structural racism. MLRI’s project focuses on criminal justice-involved (CJI) individuals and will initially focus on eligibility and access to health care through MassHealth; over the course of the project, we will also identify (through outreach and partnerships with member-led CJI-focused community organizations) and address barriers to other benefits programs. (Although this is funded through a 5-year MCHHA grant, MLRI hopes to make this a sustainable, long-term initiative through other funding opportunities.)

About MLRI:
Founded in 1968, MLRI is a nonprofit poverty law and policy center that provides statewide advocacy and leadership to advance economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. We pursue systems change through litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, community lawyering, and other strategies to address laws, policies and practices that impact low-income people and historically marginalized populations. MLRI’s advocacy incorporates a racial equity lens and a community-driven framework that values the voices and experiences of people with lived experience of poverty, economic and racial injustice. MLRI is also the statewide multi-issue poverty law support center in the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system; our advocates provide substantive expertise and technical assistance to frontline legal aid field programs and many other providers that serve low-income people and communities in Massachusetts.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Advocacy: Work collaboratively with the MA Department of Public Health, Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), Executive Office of Elder Affairs, regional legal aid programs, community-based organizations and people with lived experience to identify and execute legislative, administrative and other solutions that address systemic barriers to public benefits access and healthy outcomes for criminal justice-involved (“CJI”) individuals upon release from the custody of the Department of Corrections and the County Houses of Correction. This includes, e.g., developing and leading legislative and administrative advocacy campaigns, writing regulatory comments, reports, policy briefs.
  • Community Outreach & Coalition-building: Conduct outreach and work collaboratively with community organizations and people with lived experience to advance reforms that remove 2 barriers to health care and other services and supports to enhance the health of previously incarcerated individuals.
  • Statewide Capacity-Building, Technical Assistance, & Training: Build statewide capacity within MLRI, and with regional legal aid programs and community organizations to identify and address barriers preventing those involved with the criminal justice system from obtaining access to health care and other critical benefits. This includes, e.g., providing trainings and informational sessions, developing advocacy manuals, educational materials and practical information for clients, advocates, policymakers, media, community partners, and other key stakeholders; drafting & reviewing relevant content for clients (MassLegalHelp.org) and advocates (MassLegalServices.org) through the MA Legal Aid Websites Project.
  • Collect Relevant Data, Attend Meetings, & Prepare Public Reports: Work collaboratively with the MA Department of Public Health, Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA) and other project partners to develop a methodology to collect data and develop measurements of success as required by the funders. Recognize trends and develop recommendations based on data analysis. Attend MCHAA grantee and other stakeholder meetings, share learnings, and prepare project reports and other materials as required by the funder. 

Qualifications – a successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience, including policy advocacy experience with state and/or federal administrative agencies and legislative bodies
  • Public health, health care/Medicaid policy, mental health, substance use, criminal justice, or other relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience building and working effectively with community-based groups and diverse, broad-based coalitions
  • Background or experience in racial justice advocacy, civil rights or anti-poverty advocacy; understanding the principles of race equity analysis and the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Ability to develop, implement and lead statewide initiatives through effective project management and organizational skills and flexibility; ability to engage, inspire, influence and collaborate with partners and bring together cross-functional teams to achieve goals
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally and in writing
  • Commitment to MLRI’s mission to serve low-income, historically and presently marginalized, and vulnerable populations by advancing a race equity agenda through a community driven advocacy lens

Salary and Benefits:

MLRI’s salary scales are based on years of relevant experience. For example, current annual salary at 5 years of experience for an attorney is $70,000; 7 years of experience is $73,000; 10 years is $77,750; 15 years is $84,500. Current non-attorney advocate salary at 5 years experience is $61,854; 7 years of experience is $62,854; 10 years is 65,014; 15 years is $71,099. (Please note: MLRI is updating its salaries effective January 1, 2023.)

MLRI provides a very generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan (which includes a 2% employer contribution after a vesting period of 6 months), as well as vacation, holiday, and family leave. MLRI will be adopting a hybrid in office/ remote work schedule (3 days in office/2 days remote).

How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter outlining experience and qualifications and a resume to humanresources@mlri.org, with “Health Justice Advocate” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Application materials will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis; interested and qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to submit application materials promptly.

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Employment Law Staff Attorney (Springfield) – 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 Mass. 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 staff attorney to work in its Employment Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Springfield office and will focus on handling unemployment cases and cases involving wage and hour issues, leave issues, and employment discrimination. In addition to representing individual clients, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education, and will work closely with community partners. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Admission to Massachusetts Bar, or eligible to sit for next Massachusetts Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Massachusetts practice rule required. Fluency in Spanish preferred, as is experience in poverty or employment law. 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; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please email your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org OR mail to Alicia Vaughan, HR 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.

Staff Attorney: Housing and Homelessness – CWJC

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid (CLA), seeks a staff attorney to work in its Worcester office. Together, CWJC and CLA have over 140 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices in Central and Western Massachusetts. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

The staff attorney will represent tenants in eviction cases, tenants facing denials or terminations from public and subsidized housing programs, and families appealing denials or terminations from the state’s emergency assistance homeless shelter program. The staff attorney will regularly participate in a Housing Court lawyer-for-the day program. The staff attorney will also assist with grant-writing and reporting.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Admission to Massachusetts Bar or entitled to practice under a Massachusetts practice rule. Experience in landlord-tenant and shelter work preferred, as is fluency in Spanish. Administrative agency advocacy experience helpful. A demonstrated dedication to social justice, sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and commitment to working with low-income communities are important. 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; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit your cover letter and resume through email to avaughan@cla-ma.org OR by 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.

Immigration Law Attorney (Springfield) – CWJC

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, seeks attorneys to join a vibrant, talented team that provides legal assistance in a range of humanitarian-based immigration law matters, including removal defense, VAWA petitions, U and T visas, SIJS petitions, and asylum cases. The attorney will be based in CWJC’s Springfield offices, may also participate in a grant-funded legal clinic for immigrants in partnership with a local Methodist Church. The attorneys will engage in community outreach, including consultation sessions and know-your-rights trainings, and will assist in the preparation of periodic grant reports. These are full-time positions, although part-time hours are negotiable.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Admission to Mass. Bar, or eligible to sit for next Mass. Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese strongly preferred, as is prior experience in immigration law and demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important. Recent law school graduates are eligible to apply, as are more experienced attorneys. 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. 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 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.

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.

Paralegal (Elder, Health and Disability Unit & 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 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 starting salary range for an applicant with 3-5 years of experience is $41,500 to $43,500 (currently under negotiation) with potential 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 November 21, 2022.

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

Paralegal, Race Equity In Corrections Initiative – PLS

REICI Paralegal
(Race Equity In Corrections Initiative)

Who We Are
Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is a nonprofit legal services organization founded in 1972 whose mission is to challenge the carceral system through litigation, advocacy, client counseling, partnership with impacted individuals and communities, and outreach to policy makers and the public. The office prioritizes work involving health and mental health care, assaults by staff, extreme conditions of confinement (including COVID, overcrowding, exorbitant prison phone rates), misuse of segregation and isolation, and race equity.

At PLS we seek for our team to reflect our organizational values of justice, race equity, and community. This includes hiring staff with connection to the communities we serve, where feasible, and a commitment to strive for justice and equity in our hiring practices and in our staff culture.

Position Summary

PLS seeks a full-time Paralegal to join our race equity team, REICI.

REICI is an organization-wide effort to eliminate institutional racism and its impact on Black and Brown prisoners in the day-to-day operations of Massachusetts’ prisons and jails. REICI’s mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership to combat the discriminatory treatment of Black and Brown prisoners in correctional operations through client and legislative advocacy; community building and education; and litigation.

Paralegals play a critical role as key members of PLS’ staff. The REICI Paralegal will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy and community engagement with duties including but not limited to litigation support and direct advocacy for BIPOC prisoner clients and their families with prison officials, medical and mental health providers.

Although this position will have flexibility to work from home, it will require some physical presence at the office, an ability to visit clients in prison and to attend required meetings in the community.

Responsibilities

  • Providing support to REICI Team
  • Taking telephone calls and reading mail from prisoners
  • Reviewing and evaluating intakes to determine if they warrant investigation
  • Meeting with and interviewing BIPOC prisoners at state prisons and county jails in Massachusetts, including photographing their injuries or health conditions
  • Investigating new and ongoing intakes, tracking all investigations and ensuring they are completed in as timely a manner as possible
  • Visiting and interviewing prisoner witnesses
  • Counseling and advising clients about their legal rights
  • Creating and maintaining client files and keeping databases updated
  • Assisting in planning regular meetings, preparing and presenting summaries of investigated cases at meetings for litigation consideration
  • Conducting legal research, working on litigation/casework, and assisting in case referrals, as assigned
  • Assisting in improving systems and standard operating procedures
  • Participating in monthly PLS staff meetings, committee meetings and regular supervision meetings
  • Compile statistics for grant writing and reporting
  • All other tasks as assigned

Other Qualifications

  • Certification or associate’s degree in paralegal studies (bachelor’s degree is preferred)
  • A minimum experience of two years in a paralegal or administrative role
  • Knowledge or experience with carceral institutions and mass incarceration is preferred
  • Must have a thorough understanding of racial justice and systemic and institutional racial bias
  • Sensitivity to issues and concerns of communities of color, intersectionality and other diverse groups is required
  • Experience engaging in difficult conversations with individuals and groups around race, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Thrives in multiracial work environment
  • Must demonstrate strong writing and advocacy skills
  • Proactive, self-directed, and able to multitask effectively
  • Organizational and administrative skills are required
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must be comfortable having frequent contact with incarcerated clients through visits, telephone and letter and advocating for their needs.
  • Travel to Massachusetts prisons and jails is required.
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a car is preferred by not required.

When you join our team
You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity and are committed to getting the work done because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.

You can count on doing solutions-oriented and policy-driven work. We ask difficult questions and entertain unconventional answers so we can reckon with the uncomfortable truths of our work.

You will have excellent benefits and a great work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. We value the importance of self-care.

Compensation
This is a full-time position, requiring 35 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with years of experience, based on a salary scale.

We offer a comprehensive compensation package with 12 paid holidays, a minimum of 16 paid vacation days, 12 sick days, and 4 personal days each year, as well as paid parental and family medical leave benefits and a partially-paid sabbatical every 7 years.

We pay 100% of employee premiums for excellent health, vision, and dental benefits plus 100% of the out-of-pocket deductible.

We also offer a 401(k) retirement benefit with employer contribution, disability and life insurance, and a student loan repayment assistance program.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and references attached to a single email to lrydzewski@plsma.org with the subject line “REICI Paralegal” as soon as possible. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate professional writing skills by drafting a letter at the time of the interview.

No phone calls or mail inquiries please.

BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and formerly incarcerated persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Unit – GBLS

October 21, 2022 

STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION
IMMIGRATION LAW UNIT 

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 seeks a full-time staff attorney to join our Immigration Unit (IU). The IU represents clients in removal defense, defensive and affirmative asylum claims, special immigrant juvenile status petitions, VAWA self-petitions, “U” and “T” visas, and other immigration matters before the USCIS and EOIR. GBLS provides free legal services and representation to clients in the greater Boston area who cannot afford private legal representation.

Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney will include:

  • Managing an immigration case load and providing representation and assistance to immigrants on substantive issues that may include:
    • Removal defense;
    • Defensive and affirmative asylum claims;
    • Special immigrant juvenile petitions;
    • VAWA self-petitions;
    • “U” and “T” visa applications; and
    • Providing representation concerning these and other immigration matters before the USCIS, BIA, EOIR and the federal courts;
  • Conducting intake interviews;
  • Providing advice and referrals on immigration matters;
  • Responding to requests for emergency legal assistance;
  • Potentially participating in legislative, administrative and other systemic advocacy that promotes the interests of GBLS clients;
  • Providing legal services to culturally and linguistically diverse clients in an inclusive and respectful manner;
  • Providing outreach as appropriate;
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks and grant reporting as appropriate;

Qualifications:

  • This position is for an attorney with up to 3 years of legal experience.
  • The candidate must be admitted to a state bar, or in the process of being admitted.
  • The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The candidate must have the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • The candidate must have the ability to work collaboratively with other attorneys as well as non-attorney staff and community partners.
  • Experience working with immigrant clients from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds is preferred.
  • Prior experience in immigration law, including asylum, is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole or Portuguese is preferred but not required.

Salary is based on a union scale, with a starting annual salary range between $60,000 and $63,000 depending on experience. Potential salary increase in the future will be determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. GBLS offers a generous benefits package and paid time off policy. A hybrid work schedule is possible. 

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to the GBLS Human Resources Team by email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: IMM-ATT when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by November 13, 2022.  

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

Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Unit (Afghan Refugee Project) – GBLS

October 21, 2022 

STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION
IMMIGRATION LAW UNIT 

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 seeks a full-time staff attorney for a permanent position, the first eighteen months of which will be in our Immigration Unit (IU) as part of the Afghan Refugee Project (After the first year, the attorney may be transferred to other work at GBLS, based on need at that time.).

The Afghan Refugee Project is dedicated to providing vital immigration assistance to Afghan asylum seekers living in Massachusetts. The staff attorney will provide immigration legal aid to recently arrived Afghan nationals, focusing primarily on the preparation of asylum claims before the Boston Asylum Office. Other relief may be needed on a case-by-case basis, including, but not limited to, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, VAWA relief, U/T visas, and representation before Boston Immigration Court and appellate courts. The staff attorney will also be expected to attend monthly meetings of the larger Afghan Refugee Project coalition, comprised of Massachusetts Legal Assistance Coalition (MLAC) and several legal aid organizations throughout the state.

Qualifications include up to five years of legal experience. Experience in immigration law and working with immigrant clients is strongly preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Admission, or pending admission, to the Massachusetts or other state bar is required.

Salary is based on a union scale, with a starting annual salary range between $60,000 and $66,000 depending on experience. Potential salary increase in the future will be determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. GBLS offers a generous benefits package and paid time off policy. A hybrid work schedule is possible. 

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to the GBLS Human Resources Team by email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: IMM-ATT-AFGHAN when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by November 13, 2022.  

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

Staff Attorney, Housing Law Unit – GBLS

October 21, 2022 

ATTORNEY POSITION – PERMANENT
HOUSING UNIT

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

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks an attorney with up to 10 years of experience preferred for a community lawyering and transactional law position in the Housing Unit. The attorney will be part of a team working with tenant leadership groups, community-based organizations, public housing authorities, city agencies, private developers, and others on major initiatives to preserve the affordability and habitability of thousands of deeply affordable units at risk of permanent loss and to create additional affordable housing. The attorney will have the opportunity to learn and work on all aspects of mixed-finance, mixed-income redevelopment process, including permitting, financing, and other key public approval processes, and to ensure that existing protections and rights of low-income tenants and applicants continue and are reflected in key contracts. The work currently prioritizes redevelopment of deteriorated public housing into mixed-finance, mixed-income housing over the next decade in Boston and gateway cities.

With the objective of preserving thousands of aging and deteriorated deeply affordable housing at risk of permanent loss, the work currently focuses on collaborations at public housing developments in Charlestown, Roxbury/Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Chelsea, and Somerville. In person and/or virtual attendance at meetings (including some evening meetings) several times per week with residents is anticipated. This position also may involve working with the Boston Housing Authority Resident Advisory Board on resident participation, policy changes, elections, and training. This attorney position may also involve housing work including some litigation and eviction defense.

Qualifications: Admission to or comity with the Massachusetts Bar is required. Prior housing law experience is preferred. Experience working with community organizers and organized client groups is preferred. Attorneys with lived experience of displacement or housing instability are encouraged to apply. This position is for an attorney with up to 10 years’ experience. Fluency in one or more of the languages in addition to English spoken by GBLS clients, such as Spanish or Haitian Creole, among others, is helpful. Should funding for this position change, attorney may be required to change to other areas of housing law or legal work at GBLS.

Annual salary is based on a union scale with a range from $60,000 for an attorney with less than 1 year of experience to $73,500 for an attorney with 10 years of experience. GBLS offers a generous benefits package and paid time off policy. This is a hybrid work environment including remote, community and in the office work.

Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to the GBLS Human Resources Team via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: HU-ATTY when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by November 13, 2022.

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