Housing Paralegal – 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 seeks an individual for a Paralegal position in the Housing Unit.

The position involves advising and representing individuals and families referred by the City of Boston and works closely with Office of Housing Stability (OHS) of the Mayor’s Office of Housing. The position will also involve going to Court and assisting with Attorney for the Day in Housing Court as well as participating in housing clinics with OHS. The paralegal hired for this position must maintain a good working relationship with the Office of Housing Stability and the social service agencies that are vendors with OHS. The job will involve grant reporting, entering non-confidential information into Salesforce with the City of Boston, and maintaining daily contact with OHS staff and elected officials. The position will also involve extensive use of GBLS’s client database, Legal Server. This position will work closely with the Managing Attorney of the Housing Unit as well as all the attorneys and paralegals on the Eviction Defense Team and Redevelopment Team within the Housing Unit. The position may require doing any of the Housing Unit duties (including eviction defense, shelter, redevelopment or movement lawyering).

Qualified candidates should be able to work quickly given that requests for assistance are received on an on-going emergency basis and may require swift turn-around. Candidate must be able to work cooperatively on a team and have good attention to detail. Applicants must be able to support families in crisis. Additionally, applicants should possess strong advocacy skills that include the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Candidate must be able to engage with attorneys and state agencies to represent families in administrative hearings and informal negotiations.

Salary is based on a union scale. The salary range starts at $47,500 with additional compensation for increased years of experience. There is an additional $950 annually for second language ability if applicable. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, and generous PTO (paid
time off) leave.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to GBLS Human Resources Department via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to the Job Code: HU-PARA when applying for this position. Deadline is December 22, 2023, or until position is filled.

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

Receptionist – GBLS

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

Greater Boston Legal Services is a social and economic justice-driven organization dedicated to ensuring that all residents of the Greater Boston area are able to meet their basic needs for safety, shelter, and stability. GBLS uses the law to positively change the lives of thousands of low-income clients and their families annually, and to achieve groundbreaking outcomes that challenge the systems that keep people in poverty.

Position: GBLS seeks a full-time bilingual Receptionist to join our team. This position serves as the first point of contact for potential and current clients and helps direct them to appropriate resources.

Location: This position is based in our Boston office – 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 -and it is in person five days a week.

Hours: This position is for 35 hours a week. The daily schedule will be based on coverage needs and may change over time but will be regular. Normal office operations time is Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Duties:

  • Answer phone and apply protocols to screen callers and understand their needs.
  • Using online communications system to connect callers to requested extensions or refer appropriately.
  • Keep client information confidential and use discretion.
  • Look up client information in online client database and relay information to client and add notes in database.
  • Be available between calls to assist with office administrative tasks such as mailing letters, scanning and making labels.
  • Provide some interpretation and translation for staff and clients in case of need.

Duties in office:

  • Greet walk-in clients and respond to their questions.
  • Occasionally assist clients with filling out basic forms.

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in English and one additional language frequently used by GBLS clients such as Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Portuguese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and good judgement.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and patience when dealing with high call volume and callers who may be distressed.
  • Ability to use computer database to enter information and search for information.
  • Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Responsive to feedback about job performance.
  • Willingness and ability to learn where to refer callers.

Salary is based on a union scale, with a starting annual salary of $42,500 for a receptionist with one to three years of experience. A bilingual receptionist will be eligible to receive a language bonus of $950 per year on top of regular base salary. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, and generous Paid Time Off (PTO) leave.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to the Human Resources Department, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: RECEPTIONIST when applying for this position. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2023, or until the position is filled.

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

Director of Pro Bono and Advocacy – VLP

Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono

The Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono, reporting directly to the Executive Director, assumes a pivotal role that occasionally involves decision-making in the Executive Director’s absence. This position holds the responsibility of overseeing decisions made by other Directors, particularly those influencing the legal program, such as the cancellation of clinics, internship programs, and training sessions. The Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono is tasked with the following key responsibilities:

  1. Project Oversight:

In collaboration with the senior management team, the Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono evaluates VLP legal project work. This involves assessing the viability of current and prospective projects, deciding on the implementation or discontinuation of projects, and actively participating in discussions about grant opportunities and VLP application directions. While the ultimate decision to add or cancel a legal project rest with the Executive Director, the input of the Advocacy and Pro Bono Director is considered integral to this process.

  1. Supervision of Staff Attorneys:

Directly supervising the Supervising Attorneys across all units, the Advocacy and Pro Bono Director ensures proper support for staff attorneys. This includes providing quality supervision and training to staff attorneys, paralegals, and students within their unit. Responsibilities encompass examining the quantity and quality of work in various units, enhancing attorneys’ supervision skills, and aiding in their professional development. The Director is also accountable for scheduling a monthly attorneys meeting, which may feature presentations from external organizations or community groups. Collaborating with the Director of Compliance and Technology on compliance issues, the Advocacy and Pro Bono Director communicates regulatory changes and ensures staff training compliance.

  1. Pro Bono Recruitment and Retention / Volunteer Performance:

Serving as the direct supervisor of the Pro Bono Manager, the Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono supports pro bono efforts by identifying recruiting events, coordinating training and outreach, and reviewing volunteer protocols and newsletters. Collaborating with the Executive Director, the Director addresses volunteer performance issues and approves volunteers for the VLP panel. Responsibilities also extend to ensuring the Pro Bono Manager schedules new panel member orientations, recruiting events, and Bar Association events for volunteer recruitment and training. The Director assigns attendance at bar association events, trainings, and other recruiting opportunities to exempt legal staff as appropriate.

  1. Staff Trainings and Director’s Meetings:

The Director identifies and suggests training opportunities for attorneys and support staff to enhance the quality of their work at VLP and provide professional development. Eventually, the Director assumes responsibility for planning and leading the weekly directors’ meeting, including agenda creation, review with the Executive Director and senior management, and post-meeting annotation. Collaborating with the senior management team, the Director contributes to setting the agenda for bi-weekly all-staff meetings and incorporates it into the Staff Meeting Agenda template.

This multifaceted role requires a proactive approach to project oversight, staff supervision, pro bono initiatives, and organizational leadership, reflecting a commitment to the mission and success of VLP.

VLP is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, national origin, veteran status, and military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

Executive Director – PLS

Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts seeking Executive Director to lead the organization into the exciting next chapter of its distinguished history

Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS), a nonprofit public interest law firm founded in 1972 that provides free legal services to individuals incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons and jails, seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization into the exciting next chapter of its distinguished history. PLS is an organization committed to being anti-racist and whose mission is to challenge the carceral system through litigation, advocacy, client counseling, partnership with impacted individuals and communities, and outreach to policymakers and the public to promote the human rights of incarcerated persons and end harmful confinement. 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 racial equity. More detailed information is available at PLSMA.org.

With a small staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, we engage in individual and systemic impact litigation; provide direct administrative advocacy regarding incarceration and parole; initiate and support legislation to promote the civil and human rights of incarcerated individuals and their families; work to eliminate institutional racism and its impact on Black and Brown incarcerated individuals in the day-to-day operations of Massachusetts prisons and jails; and, work with the media and community organizations to educate the public about the criminal legal system.

PLS is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency with 32 dynamic staff members, including 13 attorneys, 19 paralegals and support personnel, and a diverse Board of Directors consisting of attorneys, community leaders, medical professionals, researchers, clients, and former clients.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director of PLS has ultimate responsibility for the programmatic performance, financial strength, and administrative functioning of the organization. The right leader for the organization will successfully engage, motivate, and excite members of the staff and board, as
well as a broad range of other supporters and stakeholders. Key responsibilities include the following:

  •  Develop and expand the financial resources of PLS and ensure rigorous, consistent financial and administrative oversight to enhance and maintain the long-term financial and institutional security of the organization. This includes grant writing and reporting, legislative and private fundraising, annual audit, and tax filings;
  • Provide strong leadership of the staff by inspiring a shared vision and guiding, encouraging, and supporting the staff and the Board in striving to achieve that vision.
  • Provide strong management of staff by encouraging individual initiative and creativity while assuring effective collaboration and rigorous accountability;
  • Support and participate in major or complex litigation to address systemic issues that affect PLS’s clients;
  • Represent PLS in its external relations with the legislature, the courts, and other government entities;
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for the organization with the media and in the larger community;
  • Work cooperatively with other institutions and organizations to achieve shared goals relating to criminal legal system reform.

Qualifications: PLS seeks an Executive Director with at least 10 years of experience as an attorney and at least five years of demonstrated success as a manager in the nonprofit social justice community. Experience and attributes that will help the Executive Director succeed include:

  • A clear and compelling commitment to the work and mission of PLS;
  • Mature, independent, flexible with strong people skills;
  • Substantial experience in management, administration, or leadership in a non-profit legal or human services program;
  • Record of building high functioning teams, including a demonstrated ability to teach people from diverse backgrounds how to work well with one another;
  • History of creative and demonstrated leadership in policy work and a substantive expertise in legal issues affecting prisoners and their families;
  • Significant commitment, skills, and experience in supervising, coaching, mentoring, and training legal staff;
  • Strong, inclusive, leadership skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others;
  • Record of effective media relations;
  • Record of effective grant writing and other fundraising activities;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish, American Sign Language, or other language common in the prison system preferred:
  • Prior experience with low-income prisoners and their families, and a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a diverse clientele and staff
  • Although a hybrid schedule may at times be possible, the position requires availability to be in Boston Monday through Friday as needed.

This is a full-time exempt position with a salary range starting at $150K. PLS provides a generous benefits package, including 27 vacation days, 17 sick/mental health days, 100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance plans.

People of color, LGBT individuals, formerly incarcerated people and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We recognize that historically, People of Color and Women might hesitate to apply for a role unless they meet all the listed requirements. We want to emphasize that we value diversity and inclusion, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply, even if you do not meet every one of the job criteria. We are looking for people with potential, passion, and a willingness to learn, and we believe that diverse perspectives contribute to innovative solutions and enhanced organizational success. If you are passionate about the role and feel that you could excel in this environment, please don’t hesitate to submit your application.

Please submit a letter expressing your interest, a current resume, a writing sample, and a list of three references to: lrydzewski@plsma.org.

Please submit applications by email only (no phone calls, please).

Western MA Staff Attorney – VRLC

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 a candidate 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 accommodation. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.

Description:

The Staff Attorney will be part of the VRLC’s Massachusetts direct services team which provides direct representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts. The Staff Attorney will specialize in privacy, safety, and one other area of law.

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, public benefits
  • Conduct intakes with sexual assault and stalking survivors
  • Participate in 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
  • Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole

Salary Range: $55,000 – $64,000
Please note that this range has been established within an internal salary matrix.

Benefits:

  • 19 paid vacation days
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Week-long office closures week of July 4th and year’s end
  • Generous sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 403b Retirement Plan with employer match
  • Organization-sponsored life insurance
  • MBTA Pass
  • A fun, caring, and innovative work environment

Hybrid Work: The 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. Staff Attorneys are expected to attend in-person court hearings statewide. Occasional in-person team meetings will be required.

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

Staff Attorney – VRLC

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 a candidate 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 accommodation. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.

Description:

The Staff Attorney will be part of the VRLC’s Massachusetts direct services team which provides direct representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts. The Staff Attorney will specialize in privacy, safety, and one other area of law.

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, public benefits
  • Conduct intakes with sexual assault and stalking survivors
  • Participate in 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
  • Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole

Salary Range: $55,000 – $64,000
Please note that this range has been established within an internal salary matrix.

Benefits:

  • 19 paid vacation days
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Week-long office closures week of July 4th and year’s end
  • Generous sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 403b Retirement Plan with employer match
  • Organization-sponsored life insurance
  • MBTA Pass
  • A fun, caring, and innovative work environment

Hybrid Work: The 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. Staff Attorneys are expected to attend in-person court hearings statewide. Occasional in-person team meetings will be required.

TO APPLY: Send your cover letter and resume 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.

Immigration Attorney – VRLC

The Victim Rights Law Center’s Massachusetts office is hiring an immigration attorney as full-time, part-time or as a contract attorneyWe are flexible on specific location, as long as the attorney is within a two-hour drive of Boston. 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 Range: $55,000-$65,000, depending on experience. Contract $50/hour. Salary range based on full-time 1.0 FTE. Part-time compensation based on employee FTE.
Please note that this range has been established within an internal salary matrix.

Benefits:

  • 19 paid vacation days
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Week-long office closures week of July 4th and year’s end
  • Generous sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 403b Retirement Plan with employer match
  • Organization-sponsored life insurance
  • MBTA Pass
  • A fun, caring, and innovative work environment

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.

TO APPLY: Send your cover letter and resume 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.

Staff Attorney, Access to Care and Coverage Practice – HLA

About Health Law Advocates (HLA)

Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public interest law firm committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts. HLA provides pro bono legal services to Massachusetts residents with low incomes who face barriers to accessing health care coverage and services. HLA is committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts, particularly for those who are most at risk due to such factors as race, gender, disability, age, or geographic location. HLA also engages in public policy advocacy, systemic litigation, and educational programming to promote access to care for all.

HLA furthers its mission of universal access to quality healthcare via three main areas of work:

  • Representing Health Care Consumers. HLA provides high quality, free legal assistance to income eligible Massachusetts residents experiencing difficulties with accessing or paying for health care.
  • Community Education and Outreach. HLA builds knowledge in communities about how to access physical and mental health services through well-regarded trainings and presentations throughout Massachusetts and by authoring publications that promote access to health care.
  • Policy Advocacy. HLA advocates for public policy reforms that help consumers access physical and mental health care. We offer our legal expertise and experience working with consumers to policymakers on the state and federal levels, as well as advocate for policy changes by health care institutions to enhance access to care and coverage.

Learn more about HLA at https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/.

The Opportunity

The Staff Attorney, Access to Care and Coverage Practice (ACC) will advance HLA’s critical mission by providing legal representation to income-eligible clients, advocating for policy reforms, and engaging in community outreach. This position is a unique opportunity for a lawyer dedicated to the public interest to join a team at the forefront of the movement to achieve health equity through the law.

HLA’s ACC Practice specializes in challenging errors in health insurance enrollment, fighting denials of coverage for specific services, and protecting patients from illegal medical billing and collection practices. We devote particular attention to the health care problems faced by immigrants, trans and gender diverse people, and patients with long-term care needs. This position is supervised by the Supervising Attorney for Public Programs Advocacy.

The Staff Attorney will primarily serve clients facing issues involving public health insurance benefits, but there will be some flexibility to assist clients with private insurance matters as needed.

Responsibilities

Provide Legal Representation to Clients (70%)

  • Serve as the legal representative for income qualified clients who primarily rely on state-sponsored health insurance to access health services. Cases typically involve denied enrollment in state coverage programs, denial of services by MassHealth or managed care plans, and/or unaffordable medical bills.
  • Represent clients in advocacy with government officials, health care providers, health insurers and Medicaid managed care plans, and in appeal hearings before the Office of Medicaid Board of Hearings.
  • Analyze medical, health insurance and other relevant records as needed. Conduct legal research and writing.
  • Work with clients and, where relevant, their families, social services providers, and medical providers, to challenge health care obstacles.
  • Manage case files and document all activities in our case management software.
  • Participate in litigation on cases involving public health care programs and medical debt, as well as state court appeals of final MassHealth determinations as needed.

Advocate for Policies that Remove Barriers to Care/Coverage (15%)

  • Identify patterns of problems across cases and, alongside other HLA staff and advocacy partners, develop and deliver policy proposals to address these health access barriers.
  • Attend coalition meetings with state officials, participate in strategy development and information sharing with the HLA team and partner organizations.
  • Draft and deliver testimony on regulatory/legislative proposals.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with advocacy partners and represent HLA in advocacy coalitions.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with MassHealth, the Health Connector, and managed care plans.
  • Serve as HLA’s point person on select MassHealth policy matters.

Conduct Outreach to Consumers, Health Care Providers, and Advocacy Groups (5%)

  • Develop and deliver presentations and trainings to consumers, medical providers, and other partner organizations to generate case referrals, build relationships, and educate communities about addressing current health access barriers.

Participate in HLA’s Efforts to Improve Internal & External Practices (3%)

  • HLA is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the individual, organization, and system levels. All team members participate in our efforts to identify and dismantle instances of inequity within ourselves, within our organization, within our client community, and within the broader community and Commonwealth.

Administrative (7%)

  • Occasionally support the team with writing and editing grant proposals and compiling/analyzing data for reports.
  • Assist with interviewing and onboarding new ACC staff as needed.
  • Serve as “ACC Triage Attorney” for intake and ready-to-assign lists for a month-long tenure once or twice per year. In partnership with the ACC Director, the responsibilities of the “ACC Triage Attorney” include:
  • Reviewing relevant case documentation and release forms for cases on intake and on ready-to-assign lists.
  • Identifying relevant deadlines and urgent case matters that require immediate resolution.
  • Identifying cases that need additional information or documentation.
  • Identifying and preparing cases for referral to HLA’s Legal Network or other legal services organizations.
  • Collaborating with ACC Paralegals and ACC Director to determine when cases are ready to be assigned to relevant team members.

Qualifications

All HLA employees are expected to have the skills to:

  • Work both independently and as an effective team member.
  • Collaborate with and support staff at all levels of our organization.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally.
  • Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity while working directly with clients encountering crises.
  • Maintain confidentiality and, for attorneys, strict adherence to all professional responsibility requirements for the practice of law.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, openness, and the desire and ability to listen and learn.
  • Understand and believe in the mission of the organization.
  • Embody the values of the organization, including a commitment to decreasing inequity in our health care system and society as a whole.

Additional qualifications specific to this position are:

  • Juris Doctor degree and a license to practice law in Massachusetts.
  • 2+ years of experience in the legal or non-profit space as a practicing attorney. Experience in direct legal services or representing consumers in health care or consumer law matters is a plus.
  • Experience working with state and federal health care coverage and consumer protection laws, particularly Medicaid/MassHealth, the Affordable Care Act and M.G.L. c. 93A, is strongly desired.
  • Organized and efficient, capable of managing multiple cases with competing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a team environment while also being a proactive self-starter.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to communicate complicated health care and public health concepts in an accessible and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Bilingual or multi-lingual capability preferred. Specifically in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and/or Cape Verdean Creole, but other languages are welcome, as well.
  • Public policy development or policy advocacy experience, preferably relating to health care policy is a plus.

Salary Range

$72,000 – $80,000 annualized

Benefits

  • Retirement Plans
    • 401(k) or Roth 401(k) retirement plans with a variable employer contribution. Employer contributions start after one year of service.
    • Your contributions vest immediately.
  • Medical Insurance
    • HMO and PPO Options with a generous employer contribution.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
    • 20 vacation days per year
    • 3 personal days per year
    • 15 sick days per year
    • 12 paid holidays per year
    • 1 birthday day per year
    • 3 volunteer days per year
    • That’s a total of 54 days paid days of per year!
  • Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
    • FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance
    • Life insurance at 2x your salary with a maximum of $400,000. The benefit is doubled in the event of accidental death.
    • Long-term disability benefit that covers 60% of salary after 90 days of disability
  • Outside Health Insurance Reimbursement
    • If you obtain health insurance elsewhere (typically through a parent, spouse or domestic partner), you are eligible for a taxable reimbursement.
  • Fitness Reimbursement
    • $150 per year
  • Parental Leave
    • Up to 12 weeks of protected leave to bond with your new child

To Apply

Our standard process is for applications to be submitted online at: https://hlainc.efficientapply.com/jobs/ where you will upload a resume and cover letter. A cover letter is required.

If this process is not accessible to you, please contact hr@hla-inc.org or 617-275-2985.

HLA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applicants of all identities with regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, and many other factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive work environment where all team members are encouraged to be their authentic and whole selves

Bilingual Staff Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership – HLA

About Health Law Advocates (HLA)

Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public interest law firm committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts. HLA provides pro bono legal services to Massachusetts residents with low incomes who face barriers to accessing health care coverage and services. HLA is committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts, particularly for those who are most at risk due to such factors as race, gender, disability, age, or geographic location. HLA also engages in public policy advocacy, systemic litigation, and educational programming to promote access to care for all.

HLA furthers its mission of universal access to quality healthcare via three main areas of work:

  • Representing Health Care Consumers. HLA provides high quality, free legal assistance to income eligible Massachusetts residents experiencing difficulties with accessing or paying for health care.
  • Community Education and Outreach. HLA builds knowledge in communities about how to access physical and mental health services through well-regarded trainings and presentations throughout Massachusetts and by authoring publications that promote access to health care.
  • Policy Advocacy. HLA advocates for public policy reforms that help consumers access physical and mental health care. We offer our legal expertise and experience working with consumers to policymakers on the state and federal levels, as well as advocate for policy changes by health care institutions to enhance access to care and coverage.

Learn more about HLA at https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/.

The Opportunity

The Bilingual Staff Attorney for the Medical-Legal Partnership for Immigrants (MLPI) will advance HLA’s critical mission by serving immigrant clients referred to HLA by our MLPI partners at hospitals and community health centers. The MLPI aims to address immigration status as a social determinant of health by helping immigrant patients enroll in better health care benefits, access needed medical services, and resolve unaffordable medical bills. The MLPI is part of HLA’s Immigrant Health Initiative, a top priority project for HLA’s Access to Care and Coverage Practice. We are actively recruiting new MLPI provider partners to expand this program. This position is supervised by the Supervising Attorney for the Immigrant Health Initiative.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and have experience representing immigrant clients facing challenges to accessing health care.

Responsibilities

Provide Legal Representation to Clients (70%)

  • Serve as the legal representative for income qualified clients. Most clients will be immigrant patients referred through our MLPI partnerships. Cases typically involve immigrant clients unjustly denied enrollment in comprehensive health insurance coverage. Other matters may include denials of coverage for specific medical services or unaffordable medical bills.
  • Represent clients in communications and negotiations with MassHealth and Health Connector officials, health care providers, managed care entities, and in appeals before the Office of Medicaid Board of Hearings.
  • Analyze medical, health insurance and other relevant records as needed. Conduct legal research and writing.
  • Work with clients and, where relevant, their families, social services providers, and medical providers, to challenge health care obstacles.
  • Manage case files and document all activities in our case management software.
  • Participate in litigation on cases involving immigrant access issues and state court appeals of final MassHealth determinations as needed.

Manage Relationship(s) with MLPI Provider Partner(s) (8%)

  • Collaborate with and take direction from the Supervising Attorney for the Immigrant Health Initiative to manage the MLPI. This work includes establishing and maintaining intake and referral processes, data collection and reporting on MLPI cases and outcomes, and participating in MLPI program development.
  • Participate in meetings with our MLPI medical provider partners to build relationships and facilitate case referrals.
  • Consult with our MLPI partners regarding immigrant patients’ access to care.
  • Communicate and coordinate our cases and services with other key partners such as the Rian Immigrant Center.
  • Develop and deliver trainings for our MLPI provider partners regarding access to health care benefits for immigrant patients.

Advocate for Policies that Remove Barriers to Care/Coverage (8%)

  • Identify patterns of problems across cases and, alongside other HLA staff and advocacy partners, develop and deliver policy proposals to address these health access barriers.
  • Attend coalition meetings with state officials, participate in strategy development and information sharing with the HLA team and partner organizations.
  • Draft and deliver testimony on regulatory/legislative proposals.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with advocacy partners and represent HLA in advocacy coalitions.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with MassHealth, the Health Connector, and managed care plans.
  • Serve as HLA’s point person on select immigrant health policy matters.

Conduct Outreach to Consumers, Health Care Providers, and Advocacy Groups (4%)

  • Develop and deliver presentations and trainings to consumers, medical providers, and other partner organizations to generate case referrals, build relationships, and educate communities about addressing current health access barriers for immigrant patients.

Participate in HLA’s Efforts to Improve Internal & External Practices (3%)

  • HLA is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the individual, organization, and system levels. All team members participate in our efforts to identify and dismantle instances of inequity within ourselves, within our organization, within our client community, and within the broader community and Commonwealth.

Administrative (7%)

  • Occasionally support the team with writing and editing grant proposals and compiling/analyzing data for reports.
  • Assist with interviewing and onboarding new ACC staff as needed.
  • Serve as “ACC Triage Attorney” for intake and ready-to-assign lists for a month-long tenure once or twice per year. In partnership with the ACC Director, the responsibilities of the “ACC Triage Attorney” include:
  • Reviewing relevant case documentation and release forms for cases on intake and on ready-to-assign lists.
  • Identifying relevant deadlines and urgent case matters that require immediate resolution.
  • Identifying cases that need additional information or documentation.
  • Identifying and preparing cases for referral to HLA’s Legal Network or other legal services organizations.
  • Collaborating with ACC Paralegals and ACC Director to determine when cases are ready to be assigned to relevant team members.

Qualifications

All HLA employees are expected to have the skills to:

  • Work both independently and as an effective team member.
  • Collaborate with and support staff at all levels of our organization.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally.
  • Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity while working directly with clients encountering crises.
  • Maintain confidentiality and, for attorneys, strict adherence to all professional responsibility requirements for the practice of law.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, openness, and the desire and ability to listen and learn.
  • Understand and believe in the mission of the organization.
  • Embody the values of the organization, including a commitment to decreasing inequity in our health care system and society as a whole.

 

Additional qualifications specific to this position are:

  • Juris Doctor degree and a license to practice law in Massachusetts.
  • 2+ years of experience in the legal or non-profit space as a practicing attorney.
  • Experience in direct legal services or representing immigrant clients, particularly regarding health care legal matters, is strongly desired.
  • Bilingual or multilingual capability is required. Specifically in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and/or Cape Verdean Creole, but other languages are welcome, as well.
  • Experience working with state and federal health care coverage and consumer protection laws, particularly Medicaid/MassHealth, the Affordable Care Act and M.G.L. c. 93A, is a plus.
  • Organized and efficient, capable of managing multiple cases with competing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a team environment while also being a proactive self-starter.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to communicate complicated health care and public health concepts in an accessible and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Public policy development or policy advocacy experience, preferably relating to health care policy is a plus.

 

Salary Range

$72,000 – $80,000 annualized.

Benefits

  • Retirement Plans 
    • 401(k) or Roth 401(k) retirement plans with a variable employer contribution. Employer contributions start after one year of service.
    • Your contributions vest immediately.
  • Medical Insurance 
    • HMO and PPO Options with a generous employer contribution.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off 
    • 20 vacation days per year
    • 3 personal days per year
    • 15 sick days per year
    • 12 paid holidays per year
    • 1 birthday day per year
    • 3 volunteer days per year
    • That’s a total of 54 days paid days of per year!
  • Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) 
    • FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance
    • Life insurance at 2x your salary with a maximum of $400,000. The benefit is doubled in the event of accidental death.
    • Long-term disability benefit that covers 60% of salary after 90 days of disability
  • Outside Health Insurance Reimbursement 
    • If you obtain health insurance elsewhere (typically through a parent, spouse or domestic partner), you are eligible for a taxable reimbursement.
  • Fitness Reimbursement
    • $150 per year
  • Parental Leave 
    • Up to 12 weeks of protected leave to bond with your new child

To Apply

Our standard process is for applications to be submitted online at: https://hlainc.efficientapply.com/jobs/ where you will upload a resume and cover letter. A cover letter is required.

If this process is not accessible to you, please contact hr@hla-inc.org or 617-275-2985.

HLA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applicants of all identities with regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, and many other factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive work environment where all team members are encouraged to be their authentic and whole selves

Staff Attorney – DLC

Position: Staff Attorney 

Reports To: Supervising Attorney 

Location: Hybrid – combination of remote and in-office in Boston or Northampton DLC offices.  

Summary: The staff attorney will advocate for the rights and interests of individuals with disabilities. The attorney will provide representation in civil rights cases; investigate allegations of abuse and neglect; conduct monitoring of community residences and other facilities; and engage in advocacy to address human rights, discharge planning, community integration issues.

Essential Functions: 

DLC Staff Attorneys perform a wide range of duties, including the following: 

  •  Represent clients consistent with DLC’s case selection criteria; develop and implement case strategies; engage in litigation and negotiation in consultation with the Director of Litigation and/or the Director of Advocacy.
  • Conduct in-person monitoring, and investigative activities in facilities and community settings, including psychiatric hospitals and other group living environments; conduct factual investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect of people with disabilities; develop and execute workplans to address incidents of abuse and neglect.
  • Attend in-person meetings with colleagues, clients, opposing parties, government officials and others.
  • Provide information and self-advocacy assistance to DLC clients and conduct training and outreach activities in the community.
  • Analyze statutes, regulations, agency policies/procedures and proposed legislation.
  • Gather information from individuals with disabilities, family members and stakeholder groups to assist with policy analysis.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with subject area professionals and advocates, including state officials and agency staff, providers, and advocacy organizations.
  • Collaborate with Senior Attorneys, Supervising Attorneys, the Director of Advocacy, and the Director of Litigation in the development of systemic activities as appropriate, including impact litigation.
  • In accordance with DLC policies and procedures, maintain: the security of confidential information and records; complete and accurate records documenting advocacy, monitoring, and investigation activities and time spent.
  • Be available to travel throughout Massachusetts to perform assigned job tasks.
  • Perform related tasks, consistent skills, and general responsibilities as required to support DLC’s mission, as assigned.

Qualifications: 

  • Juris Doctorate and ability to practice law in Massachusetts (current MA bar admission or immediate ability to be admitted to MA bar required).
  • Practical legal experience, such as client counseling, appearances in court and administrative proceedings, legislative advocacy, and administrative advocacy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and/or people with low-income.
  • Professionalism and sound ethical judgment.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals.
  • Ability to analyze facts and pertinent legal authority and develop creative solutions.
  • Ability to produce high quality legal writing.
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and collaboratively.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Commonwealth.

Desired Attributes: 

  • Ability to communicate effectively in a language other than English: ASL, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Mandarin, or another non-English language.
  • 2 to 5 years of legal practice experience.

Compensation:  

Salary is determined by a collectively bargained salary scale based upon years of experience. On the scale, the salary of an attorney with 2-3 years of experience is $70,500. DLC provides a generous benefits package, including a 35-hour work week, generous vacation, retirement benefits and dental insurance.

To Apply:  

Interested applicants for this position must submit a cover letter and a resume through a form, located here: Staff Attorney (November 2023) – Disability Law Center (dlc-ma.org). Applications received by December 22, 2023 will be prioritized for consideration, then will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Amanda Gasparonis via email at agasparonis@dlc-ma.org 

Disclaimer: The position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all functions or inclusive of all job responsibilities that may arise. The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.