Bilingual Paralegal, Bankruptcy and Consumer – VLP

POSITION: Bilingual Paralegal – Bankruptcy and Consumer
DAYS/HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, 35 hours per week (with 1 evening clinic)
REPORTS TO: Staff Attorney, Grace Brockmeyer
UNIT: Bankruptcy and Consumer
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110
SALARY: $52,015

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

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

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

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

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

PREFERRED:

  • Prior experience working in legal aid, the court system or a law office that handles civil cases
  • Prior experience with an organization serving low-income populations

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

REQUIRED:

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

PREFERRED:

  • Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Bankruptcy and Consumer

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

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

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

Bankruptcy Paralegal Duties

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

Consumer Unit (shared with the Employment and Consumer Paralegal)

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

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions. 

Development Associate – MAC

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to removing barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth. Based in Boston, and serving the state of Massachusetts, we employ a racial equity lens and use law, policy, and organizing to change the education system as a whole, while also helping individual families and children overcome barriers to education. We focus our advocacy on historically excluded students — children with disabilities, youth of color, immigrants, and English learners — so that they thrive in school and beyond.  MAC was launched in 1969 in response to the widespread exclusion of disabled children and children of color from school and has been at the forefront of education advocacy ever since.

This video gives a window into who we are and what we’re about: Who We Are

Since 2016, MAC has been engaged in an organization-wide Racial Equity Initiative designed to make us better equipped to identify, name and respond to the effects of structural and other forms of racism within our organization and educational systems. This has required an ongoing and deep transformation in the organization’s external programs and internal policies and practices, as well as in the composition of its board and staff leadership.

How we envision the position:

MAC seeks a motivated, passionate, detail-oriented, and computer savvy person to join us in supporting our growth and impact as a Development Associate. The Development Associate will contribute to both fundraising and communications work at MAC. We welcome candidates who are eager to learn and support MAC during a dynamic and exciting period of growth. The Development Associate will work directly with the Director of Development and Communications and the Executive Director.

The Development Associate will provide creative, systematic and administrative support to all areas of MAC’s fundraising and communications work. The successful candidate will be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and enjoy working collaboratively as well as independently. Writing skills to support grant-related work are a plus! This position offers opportunities to grow with experience and as proficiency is demonstrated.

What you would be working on:

1. Development and Fundraising:

  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and Communications and Executive Director to execute fundraising strategies and initiatives.

  • Research and identify potential funding sources, including individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government grants.

  • Assist in grant submissions and reports, donor appeals, and sponsorship materials to secure financial support.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor and grant databases and records (e.g., documenting relationships and timelines) and sending timely acknowledgements for gifts.

2. Communications and Marketing:

  • Develop compelling ways to tell MAC’s story to a variety of audiences and in a variety of formats.

  • Help maintain MAC’s website, social media channels, and other digital platforms with engaging and relevant content.

  • Support the development of marketing materials (e.g., brochures, newsletters, and promotional materials).

3. Event Support:

  • Support the planning, coordination, and execution of fundraising events and campaigns.

  • Assist with logistics for events, including venue coordination, invitations, and guest communications.

4. Administrative Support:

  • Provide general development and communications-related administrative support.

Qualifications:

We appreciate and value that a wide variety of life and work experiences could prepare someone for this role. We also recognize that people from historically marginalized communities may not apply for positions if they do not have every qualification. We encourage anyone who believes they would be a good fit to apply!

  • Commitment to social justice and belief in MAC’s mission.

  • Previous experience in fundraising, development, or communications in a nonprofit or analogous setting is preferred but not required.

  • Great communication skills. Ability to explain the organization’s mission and impact effectively.

  • Detail-oriented and well-organized. Able to handle multiple tasks and deadlines independently.

  • Strong computer skills: experience using Microsoft Office Suite; at ease with learning or already experienced with other platforms such as Constant Contact, Squarespace, and Little Green Light.

  • Experience with social media platforms and familiarity with digital marketing strategies.

  • Ability to work collaboratively within a culturally and racially diverse team.

  • Design experience preferred but not required.

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time exempt position and salary is $60,000-$65,000 dependent on experience. MAC offers a flexible, family-friendly culture and generous benefits including health insurance and paid time off. This is a full-time position in our hybrid office (staff currently work in the office two days per week).

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Elsa Liu, Office Manager, at eliu@massadvocates.org. Please indicate “Development Associate Application – [Your Name]” in the subject line. While applications are considered on a rolling basis, we aim to fill this position quickly so encourage applicants to submit materials by the end of October.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children strives to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We celebrate diversity and work to dismantle dominant cultural systems of workplace requirements and restrictive hiring practices. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

Note: The job description provided is a general outline and may be modified in communication with the Development Associate as needed to reflect the specific needs of Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Staff Attorney, Education Unit – NLA

Northeast Legal Aid seeks to hire a staff attorney for its Education Unit.

Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer seeking diverse pool of candidates.

Paralegal, Housing Unit – NLA

Northeast Legal Aid seeks a paralegal to work with our Housing Unit in Lowell, MA. Bilingual (Spanish) and prior public interest experience helpful.

Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer seeking diverse pool of candidates.

Education Staff Attorney – MWLS

The mission of MetroWest Legal Services is to provide legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!

Responsibilities:

  • Represent the parents of children with special needs in all phases of special education and school discipline cases.
  • Work closely with community and parent groups of school-aged children to provide advocacy for special education services.
  • Conduct targeted outreach to enhance visibility of legal services provided, and to connect with communities that could benefit from the services.
  • Engage in systemic legislative and administrative advocacy around education issues.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
  • Experience representing clients in special education proceedings and school disciplinary cases is required.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese helpful.
  • One to three years of legal experience preferred. Admitted to Massachusetts bar or entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:04. (Recent Law School Graduates who are planning to sit for the February 2024 bar exam and who are willing to work part time between graduation and the bar exam, will be considered).

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a starting wage of $64,000. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, student loan repayment assistance program for eligible attorneys and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and brief writing sample via the following link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/31e2fe82-92b6-4e85-b7ce-5fa54665f389/Metrowest-Legal-Services-Inc

Applicant applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Associate – MLAC

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) is accepting applications for a full-time Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Associate to provide strategic support to the DEI Director in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. MLAC is an exciting place to work with a diverse staff and inclusive work environment. We are located in a beautiful office space on Tremont Street near Government Center in Boston. Currently, MLAC follows a hybrid work schedule.

ABOUT MLAC
The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) is a non-profit organization established by the Commonwealth to ensure that people with low incomes with critical, non-criminal legal problems have access to legal information, advice, and representation. MLAC provides leadership and support for the continued improvement of legal aid to low-income people and is the largest funding source for civil legal aid organizations in the Commonwealth.

MLAC is committed to diversity in its workforce. A crucial part of MLAC’s vision is ensuring diversity of staff and volunteers, as well as supporting cultural and linguistic competence, so our team is reflective of our grantee organizations and the clients they serve. Women, individuals with disabilities,
LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and people who speak English as a second language are encouraged to apply. Learn more about us at www.mlac.org.

SUMMARY OF POSITION
The MLAC DEI team seeks to create a diverse, representative, and collaborative environment within legal aid organizations to provide accessible, welcoming, and culturally competent services to clients of all backgrounds and their communities. The DEI Associate will provide program support for the legal aid organizations MLAC funds, as well as additional support to MLAC staff, and executive board. This position will partner with the MLAC DEI Director to create training, educational programs, and activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the delivery of legal services.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
In partnership with the DEI Director:

  • Design, facilitate and execute training and other professional development opportunities for legal aid organizations and MLAC staff, and research topics related to DEI
  • Help plan annual statewide legal services conference
  • Serve on MLAC hiring committees as needed
  • Identify and consolidate research that tracks internal and external DEI initiatives
  • Develop and monitor DEI outreach programs; partner with outside DEI organizations to bring fresh perspective for legal aid organizations
  • Identify external conferences, consultants, and trainings as professional development opportunities for MLAC staff and grantee organizations
  • Collaborate with the MLAC Data team and civil legal aid organizations on options for tracking development of diverse talent aspiring to leadership roles and client demographics
  • Assist in liaising with affinity bar organizations and members of the Legal Aid Attorneys of Color group to foster partnerships
  • Provide support to MLAC’s Statewide DEI Council members
  • Collaborate with Communications team to create, highlight, and share DEI information and resources through the MLAC newsletter, website, and social media channels
  • Assist with coordinating Statewide DEI Council meetings and program visits
  • Collaborate with Director of Program Monitoring and Evaluation to manage MLAC’s Fellowship process as well as other initiatives

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Experience with designing and facilitating DEI training and discussions
  • Experience and comfort with Outlook, Microsoft Office, Zoom, Power Point and other presentation tools
  • Attention to detail, organized and comfortable managing multiple projects at once
  • Experience working with small teams/groups in a diverse environment
  • Capable of exercising discretion and good judgment, including sensitivity to confidential information
  • Demonstrated commitment to working on issues impacting low-income communities and communities of color

Benefits: MLAC offers competitive compensation and benefits, including:

  • Salary range of $50,000 to $64,900 for this position, depending on experience
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance plans
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 holidays, birthday off and increasing vacation time with tenure starting at 3 weeks of accrued vacation the first year
  • Flexible work schedule
  • 403(b) plan with current employer contribution of up to 13.5% of the employee’s annual salary
  • Flexible spending and dependent care tax free savings plan
  • Generous annual professional development allowance

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter in PDF to hiring@mlac.org by Monday, November 20, 2023. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include in your cover letter how you learned about this position. Please put the job title in the subject line of your email. Reasonable accommodation in the application process will be provided upon request. No phone calls, please.

Staff Attorney, Victims of Crime – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Central and Western Massachusetts. CLA has over 160 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks a staff attorney to work in its Worcester office on a project designed to help victims of crime with a wide variety of civil legal matters. A significant portion of the attorney’s work will focus on assisting victims of domestic violence and harassment, including seeking restraining orders and handling other domestic relations matters. The attorney will also help clients with cases involving access to housing, benefits, and health insurance programs; education law issues; and elder abuse. The position is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance to provide holistic services to victims of crime. In addition to representing individual clients, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education, and will work closely with community partners.

QUALIFICATIONS: Recent law school graduates and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to poverty law and social justice work. Experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or Vietnamese a plus.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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

Family Law Staff Attorney – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

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

QUALIFICATIONS: Third year law students, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Fluency in Spanish preferred. Prior family law experience, particularly with survivors of domestic violence, also preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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

Employment Law Staff Attorney – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Mass. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

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

QUALIFICATIONS: Third year law students, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Fluency in Spanish preferred, as is experience in poverty or employment law. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to: Alicia Vaughan, HR Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, or email avaughan@cla-ma.org. The cover letter should specify which office(s) the applicant is willing to work in.

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

Housing Law Staff Attorney – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Mass. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks a housing attorney to work in its Springfield or Greenfield office. The attorney will represent tenants in eviction cases, assist tenants facing denials or terminations from public and subsidized housing programs, and handle other housing-related matters. The attorney will regularly participate in a Housing Court lawyer-for-the day program. The attorney will have significant client contact, will engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners.

QUALIFICATIONS: Third year law students, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Experience in landlord-tenant work preferred, as is fluency in Spanish. Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online on our website. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. The cover letter should specify which office(s) the applicant is willing to work in.

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