Supervising Attorney, Housing/Benefits Unit – SCCLS

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a growing non-profit legal aid program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income residents of Southeastern MA, Cape Cod, and the Islands, seeks to hire a Supervising Attorney to develop and lead the advocacy staff of the Housing/Benefits unit at its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM).

SCCLS and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM), with a staff of 75 and 4 offices in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Hyannis, 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’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy. The organization seeks attorneys committed to providing high quality legal representation through a lens of economic and racial justice.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop and implement an articulated vision for housing (in collaboration with the Directing Attorney of Housing Advocacy) and benefits advocacy that includes high quality direct legal representation and addressing underlying systemic issues; maintain a small and strategic caseload

  1. Effectively engage with the organization’s leadership team, advocacy staff, community groups and organizations, and the statewide housing advocacy community to develop and manage strategic initiatives, community needs assessments, and to respond to emerging trends and changing policies affecting housing and benefits issues
  2. Develop, support, and oversee the litigation of the housing/benefits team
  3. Assist in developing/revising standards of practice and ensure adherence to program and case handling standards, funder requirements and the highest professional standards using regular case review and other supervision standards and practices to develop the skills of the advocacy staff and ensure their professional development
  4. Collaborate with the Directing Attorney of Housing Advocacy and the statewide housing advocacy community to advance special projects that systemically advance housing justice needs
  5. Ensure advocacy staff is actively engaged with other program advocates, local community groups and organizations, and the statewide advocacy community to identify and address legal issues confronting our diverse and low income communities
  6. Work with the Program Manager and Executive Director to ensure grant compliance where appropriate

Qualifications:

  1. Admitted in MA or eligible for admission; 5-7 (or more) years of legal practice with substantive expertise in housing law and civil rights issues; experience supervising desirable; understanding or experience with intersecting systems affecting housing insecurity desirable;
  2. Significant experience with advocacy in a variety of forums including federal, state, and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and/or legislative bodies; ability and will to lead and advance the housing law practice
  3. Strong leadership and mentoring skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others; demonstrated ability to supervise across differences
  4. Demonstrated ability to identify and respond to emerging issues and policies affecting low-income clients;
  5. Ability to foster inclusivity, equity and humility when working with clients, colleagues and in supervising staff at the intersection of multiple identities, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, immigration status, religion, physical and mental disability, and/or limited English proficiency
  6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  7. Capacity to facilitate groups and meetings equitably with a framework that embraces race equity principles
  8. Commitment to race equity, anti-racism and economic justice in the workplace and in providing legal services; prior racial justice and/or systemic focused experience required;
  9. Ability to engage effectively in person and remotely with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values, including with staff, volunteers, students, community members and funders;
  10. Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer) desirable;

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: Justice Center Supervising Attorney Housing/Benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate based on 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.

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.

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.

Attorney, Women’s Lunch Place Partnership – GBLS

September 14, 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 Elder Health and Disability Unit (EHD) focused on a partnership with Women’s Lunch Place to advocates for client’s basic needs including but not limited to, housing, SSI/SSDI, and benefits. The partnership is expected to continue but after the first year, the attorney may be transferred to other work at GBLS, based on need at that time. 

The Unit 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. Our special projects include: Medicare Advocacy Project, Children’s Disability Project, and School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project. The Unit’s work includes keeping people out of institutions and improving the quality of life for those who live in institutions. We empower people to make decisions about their lives and support people with disabilities in their fight for accessibility.

The responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to, Be sited at Women’s Lunch Place and interact with clients at least 1 day per week; Be sited at GBLS at least 1 day per week; Interact with Shelter guests and advocates to take referrals and aide guests in their cases; Contact clients post intake/referrals and gather information on their behalf; and Attend necessary trainings.

Qualifications:

  • 0-3 years of experience
  • Desire to work with clients with significant barriers to housing, SSI/SSDI, benefit programs, 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 the Massachusetts Bar or pending admission

A plus, but not required: fluency in Spanish or another language prevalent among our clients.

Salary is based on a union scale, which begins at $61,500 for an attorney with one year of experience. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys, and generous PTO leave. Candidates should submit letter of interest, resume and brief writing sample to the Human Resources Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is September 30, 2022 or until position is filled.

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

Pro Bono Advocacy Coordinator – PLS

General Position Description
Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding full-time Pro Bono Advocacy Coordinator. The candidate will engage and coordinate with the advocacy community, private bar and volunteers to increase civil legal services and legal representation of some of the most vulnerable residents of Massachusetts. Through cultivating and coordinating outreach efforts to the private bar, judiciary and legal community, the coordinator will develop relationships and create efficient systems to increase the provision of civil legal aid to incarcerated people in Massachusetts. The coordinator will also develop support for incarcerated people who represent themselves in legal matters.

Responsibilities

  1. Develop, engage and nurture pro bono relationships between law firms and other members of the private bar, and PLS in order to maximize co-counseling and referral capacity;
  2. Effectively engage with PLS’s leadership team, advocacy staff, the judiciary, law schools, and the private bar to promote use of volunteers to further PLS’ advocacy goals and strengthen its capacity to serve clients;
  3. With assistance of PLS staff, determine when a case can/should be referred, and write up descriptions of the case to give to potential pro bono attorneys.
  4. Create a system to timely screen and refer cases to the private bar; provide support and oversight to ensure timely and effective civil legal services are provided to referred clients;
  5. Develop and ensure adherence to program and case handling standards, establish and implement program policies in conjunction with ED and legal team; ensure adherence to funder requirements and the highest professional standards;
  6. Create and maintain data systems, measuring impact and quality of referral process and engagement with volunteers and the advocacy and legal communities;
  7. Develop a program for pro se support, including informational materials, trainings, and individualized assistance; expand or alter services as needed;
  8. Identify and participate in professional development opportunities to develop leadership capacity and expand substantive legal knowledge in order to grow the pro bono program.

Qualifications

  1. Admitted in MA or eligible for admission with prior prisoners’ rights law, legal aid, and/or litigation experience desirable but not required;
  2. Experience with and/or commitment to working with vulnerable or marginalized populations who may have experienced poverty, trauma, incarceration or discrimination;
  3. Ability to work independently and as a team member; goal and detail oriented with ability to prioritize required; organizing or leadership experience desirable;
  4. Deep and clear commitment to race equity, anti-racism, justice in the workplace and in providing exceptional legal services;
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required; tech-savvy and social media literate desirable;
  6. Ability to engage effectively in person and remotely with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values, including with clients, staff, members of all sectors of the legal community ranging from large law firms to solo practitioners, volunteers, students, community members and funders;
  7. Fluency in a second language desirable.

What To Expect When You Join Our Team

You can expect to work with a team of committed and interesting people who have tenacity and are focused on 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. You will have excellent benefits and a great work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. We strive to value the importance of self-care and also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.

Benefits and Salary

This is a full-time position, requiring 35 hours per week. PLS offers a very competitive salary within the legal services field and commensurate with experience. 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. Flex time or other alternative arrangements considered. PLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two references in a single email to lrydzewski@plsma.org with the subject line “Pro Bono Advocacy Coordinator” as soon as possible. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls or mail inquiries please.

Candidates of color, Bicultural candidates, Bilingual candidates, LGBTQIA+ candidates, candidates who have been directly impacted by the prison industrial complex, and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Staff Attorney, Asian Outreach Program – GBLS

September 08, 2022                          

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 Staff Attorney to join the Asian Outreach Program.

Using a community lawyering model, Asian Outreach provides bilingual and bicultural legal services and support for movement building in the Asian American community. Asian Outreach works in conjunction with community organizers to dismantle racially unjust systems, recognizing that the community and our clients are their own fiercest advocates. Our model enables us to respond to the day-to-day needs of the Asian American community and inspires our broader work against systemic inequality and oppression. Our major projects include stopping deportations in the Southeast Asian community, fighting against gentrification/displacement in low-income immigrant neighborhoods, educating nail salon workers about their rights, protecting the voting rights of limited English proficient (LEP) people, supporting undocumented Asian immigrants, and advocating for language access.

In close collaboration with our regional and national community partners, the attorney will engage in direct legal representation, policy work, administrative advocacy, community outreach, and intersectional coalition building to respond to the legal needs of low-income Asian immigrants. Program priorities are directly responsive to the needs of the community and issues identified by community partners. The position may also include representation in a range of legal areas based on ongoing community need as our team seeks to develop deeper relationships with community partners and vulnerable populations in areas outside of Boston. The attorney will organize legal clinics, engage in outreach and education, and foster new relationships with impacted individuals. Current cases and advocacy include school disciplinary action, anti-Asian harassment, and language access for LEP speaking parents and students. Other legal issues that arise from our intake may include immigration, housing, and workers’ rights cases.

Qualifications:

Candidates should have 0-3 years of legal experience, and admission to the Massachusetts Bar or comity is required. The attorney preferably speaks Cantonese. Prior experience in advocating for education equity and language access issues in the Asian American community is strongly preferred. An understanding of Asian American history and commitment to community lawyering is expected.

Salary is based on union scale with a starting salary range between $60,000 to $63,000 depending on experience. GBLS provides excellent benefits including a retirement contribution, a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys, and generous Paid Time Off.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to the Personnel Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: AOP-ATT when applying for this position. Application deadline is September 22, 2022, or until position is filled.

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