Long Term Temporary Staff Attorney, Family Unit – GBLS

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

GBLS seeks a temporary staff attorney to join our Family Law Unit for a one-year period of time to manage a litigation caseload. The Family Law Unit prioritizes representation and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence in contested Probate and Family Court proceedings, as well as abuse prevention proceedings in the District and Boston Municipal Courts. GBLS provides free legal services and representation to clients in the greater Boston area who cannot afford private legal representation.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing a family law caseload that will include full representation cases, as well as counsel and advice and brief service matters;
  • Representing clients at all levels of litigation, including trials and appeals;
  • Participating in legislative, administrative, and other systemic advocacy that promotes the interests of GBLS clients;
  • Providing culturally competent services to all clients;
  • As appropriate base on attorney’s experience, participating in internal projects to share substantive knowledge, supervise students, or assist with administrative tasks and grant reporting;
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge and skills in family law and trial practice;
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge in other areas that impact GBLS family law clients in order to provide appropriate referrals or advice.

Qualifications:

  • This position is for an attorney with 2 or more years of experience;
  • The candidate must be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or have comity to be admitted;
  • The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • The candidate must have the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and to work collaboratively with other attorneys, as well as non-attorney staff and partners;
  • Prior family law and/or trial experience is preferred, as this is a litigation heavy position;
  • Prior family law and/or trial experience in Massachusetts is a plus;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of domestic violence is encouraged;
  • Fluency in one or more of the languages in addition to English spoken by GBLS clients, such as Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Cantonese, or Mandarin, is helpful.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is based on a union scale. As of July 1, 2023, the salary for an attorney with 2 years of experience will be $73,500. GBLS offers generous benefits, retirement contribution, student loan repayment assistance for eligible attorneys, and generous Paid Time Off leave.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to the Human Resources Team via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to the Job Code: FLU-ATT-LTT when applying. Deadline for applications is July 15, 2023, or until position is filled.

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

Staff Attorney – TSS

Background: The Second Step (TSS) is a nonprofit organization that fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of those who have experienced domestic violence. We provide comprehensive services, including legal advocacy, safety planning, counseling, peer support, transitional housing, and other essential services to adults, youth, and children in Greater Boston and MetroWest.

Job Title: Staff Attorney

Essential Employee: The person in this role is considered an essential employee and may be required to work on-site during a government declared state of emergency or weather emergency.

Hours: Full-time, 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work when necessary. This position is in-person and some flexibility is required to attend to urgencies and emergencies occasionally.

Reports to: Director of Steps to Justice

Primary Objectives: The Staff Attorney is responsible for providing direct legal services to survivors of domestic violence. The Staff Attorney is also responsible for assisting the Director of Steps to Justice, the legal services program housed within TSS, with legislative, administrative, and systemic efforts to address issues that impact survivors of domestic violence, in outreach to and relationship building with the legal community and in facilitating legal trainings.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accept client referrals from both community and internal sources.
  • Provide limited assistance representation and full representation to clients as appropriate, including but not limited to family law cases and abuse prevention order hearings.
  • Provide legal advice, brief consultation, and/or targeted referrals to outside legal providers as appropriate.
  • Engage in regular courtroom litigation and advocacy.
  • Provide court accompaniment to survivors of domestic violence in criminal courts.
  • Ensure compliance with all Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) ethics standards, including confidentiality and ethical conflicts of interest.
  • Collect all relevant program data.
  • Organize and/or give periodic legal trainings for TSS staff or volunteers on various relevant legal topics.
  • Give specialized community-wide trainings for both legal and non-legal professionals on domestic violence issues.
  • Attend legal trainings to maintain up to date knowledge on domestic violence legal issues.
  • Advance STJ’s profile in the greater legal community by establishing and maintaining relationships with other legal practitioners, community agencies and governmental agencies.
  • Participate in legal community collaborations such as policy groups, steering committees, focus groups and/or bar associations geared towards domestic violence law.
  • Participating in legislative, administrative and other systemic advocacy designed to promote the interests of domestic violence survivors.
  • Flexibility for very occasional evening work when necessary.
  • Assist at and attend special events.

Qualifications:

  • JD and admission in good standing to the Massachusetts Bar.
  • Demonstrated experience providing legal services to low-income or otherwise vulnerable clients.
  • Experience with clients affected by domestic violence, trauma, and/or mental health issues.
  • Candidates with 3 to 10 years of litigation experience are preferred, including experience with Abuse Prevention Order/Harassment Prevention Order proceedings and Family/Probate Law Matters, and as a 3:03 certified attorney.
  • Candidates must have an enthusiasm for and desire to engage in regular courtroom litigation and negotiations with opposing parties.
  • Candidates must possess strong oral and written communication skills, with the capability of handling complex matters that coincide with assisting survivors of domestic violence.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and cases simultaneously and with flexibility, and to prioritize competing deadlines.
  • Strong crisis management, problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills, including strong client interviewing skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively & effectively with non-legal Second Step staff.
  • Experience working with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse teams and client communities and demonstrated skill and self-awareness in how to effectively connect with clients and communities across cultural differences.
  • Candidates with a proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language are highly encouraged.
  • Reliable car/transportation as attorneys must regularly travel to courthouses and meetings throughout the Greater Boston and MetroWest areas, in the following counties: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk. Mileage and parking costs are reimbursed.

Salary and benefits: TSS offers a competitive salary and benefits package to full-time employees. The salary range is $65,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience/competitive with area legal services providers. Additional compensation for language skills. Sign-on bonus paid out 50% at hiring, 50% after successful completion of 6 months of employment. Benefits include 3 weeks paid vacation, 13 paid holidays, 5 personal days, ample sick time, agency contribution to health and dental insurance, agency hosted 403(b) plan.

Equal opportunity: The Second Step actively seeks cultural and linguistic diversity in all of its programs. People of color, bilingual/bicultural candidates, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and LGBQT+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The Second Step, Inc. is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Amy Hamill, Director of Steps to Justice, at ahamill@thesecondstep.org.

Interim Executive Director – PLS

Position: Interim Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors (the Board Chair and Vice Chair will be available to meet on a regular schedule with the Interim E.D.)
Supervises: Co-supervises nine Directors alongside PLS’ Litigation Director as well as five other direct reports.
Schedule: ASAP, ideally by July 12th
The Board anticipates a 4-6 month interim period before a permanent director is hired. Candidates should be available a minimum of 20hrs hours per week
Status: Contract/Temporary employee Position

PLS (www.plsma.org) is a strong, well-managed non-profit legal services organization. The Interim ED will sustain the success of PLS while supporting continuing implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, which was adopted in 2021. The interim will be responsible for managing operations and supporting staff and the leadership team as they advance programmatic work.

Priorities: During the interim period there are several priority areas that will require the Interim ED’s attention:
  1. Collaborate with the development and finance team to complete organizational budgets, grant budgets and grant reporting and applications. Meet regularly with the Finance Manager, development team and Executive Assistant on finance and funding matters, as well as with the Board’s Finance Committee. Collaborate on PLS’ events, including its annual event in November.
  2. Work with the Director of Human Resources to continue to implement improvements and systematization of human resources practices and policies for staff.
  3. Ensure there is continued support for the organization’s internal and external equity work.
  4. Partner with the Communications and Development team on external communications when needed, and collaborate with staff to sustain relationships with policy makers, partners, and the community.
  5. Facilitate relationship between staff and Board.
  6. Work with staff to ensure that programmatic work is in alignment with project goals and the strategic plan.
  7. Foster collaboration and relationship-building among staff through the transition to new leadership.
Qualifications:
  • Seasoned nonprofit manager with successful senior level experience managing an organization (programs, strategy, human resources, finances, and systems/infrastructure)
  • Strategic thinker who is good at making decisions with an understanding of how they impact the big picture.
  • Team builder who is good with coaching staff for effective collaboration and results. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to race equity.
  • Strong strategic fiscal management, oversight and budgeting skills
  • Good understanding of the operational and back-office systems and infrastructure of a nonprofit (HR, Finance, IT, etc.)
  • Experience working with boards of directors.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and two references attached to a single email with the subject line “Interim Executive Director” to lrydzewski@plsma.org. No phone calls or mail inquiries please.

Bilingual Intake Specialist – VLP

POSITION: Bilingual Intake Specialist  

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch   

REPORTS TO: Natasha Lewis, Call Center Supervising Attorney  

UNIT: Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) of the Volunteer Lawyers Project 

LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA / Remote  (Massachusetts)   

HOURLY WAGE: $25.80 per hour  

Click here to apply!

This is a permanent, full-time staff position at the Call Center. Candidate must reside in Massachusetts and must have access to a secure internet connection. 

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:  

Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) is a project of VLP that provides callers with information, legal advice, and referrals; screens clients for legal aid eligibility; and conducts intakes in legal aid priority cases. ERLI receives nearly 15,000 calls annually from low-income Massachusetts residents seeking legal assistance. Without the services of ERLI and its staff, many of these residents may go without assistance.  

ERLI is seeking a full-time Bilingual Intake Specialist to answer  calls, screen for eligibility, conduct intakes, give information and referrals, schedule appointments, and data entry. The Intake Specialist will receive ongoing training in standard procedures, customer service, data entry, and specialized legal education in order to provide the highest level of legal information, referrals, and advice under the supervision of a manager and attorney.  

QUALIFICATIONS: 

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING:   

  • High School/GED Diploma  
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite  

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE: 

  • At least 1 year of call center experience or telephone customer service experience  
  • At least 1 year of data entry experience and/or intake-related experience    

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE: 

  • Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Housing, Family Law, Benefits and Consumer 
  • Prior intake experience 
  • Prior experience working in legal aid, the court system or a law office that handles civil cases in serving low-income populations. 

REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including strong data entry and typing skills  
  • Ability to learn and retain new information quickly  
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills  
  • Ability to excel working independently and within a team  
  • Ability to learn and navigate computer, case management, software, and phone systems  
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to various client situations and changes in program procedures  
  • Ability to manage stress and identify self-care as needed  
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve quickly  

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:  

  • Strong ability to navigate computer, software, internet, and phone systems  
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone and email 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE: 

  • Conduct intakes by phone on the ERLI queue and respond to online intake requests for legal assistance
  • Apply legal training to client’s case facts and provide accurate information, referral, or legal advice under the supervision of the manager and supervising attorney  
  • Utilize case management database to document case facts and prepare case files for daily supervisor review  
  • Schedule clients for advice calls and conduct advice call back appointments 
  • Other duties as determined by Program needs  

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. 

Employment and Consumer Paralegal – VLP

POSITION: Employment and Consumer Paralegal   

DAYS/HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch, 35 hours per week (with occasional evening trainings and clinics) 

REPORTS TO: Employment Staff Attorney, Elizabeth Mason 

UNIT: Consumer and Employment  

LOCATION: Remote and 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110* 

STATUS: Full-time, Non-Exempt

SALARY: $52,015 

*Operations are currently hybrid

Click here to apply!

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

SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Employment and Consumer unit Paralegal supports units that address wage debt and abusive debt collection, as well as securing unemployment benefits for those who are unemployed through no fault of their own.  VLP is an innovative partnership between state attorneys general, the legal aid community, and the private bar to create legal clinics to assist victims of wage theft and debt collection abuse.  

The Employment and Consumer Paralegal will continue and expand this work by supporting the organization’s attorneys and the pro bono panel in maintaining these clinics and expanding the organization’s unemployment insurance program. The day-to-day duties of this position support aspects of the units’ legal and administrative functions, case management for the units, and other duties as necessary to carry out the organization’s mission.  

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION/TRAINING: 

REQUIRED: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Fluency in English 

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
  • Fluency in Spanish 

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 

PREFERRED: 

  • Knowledge of federal and MA laws surrounding Consumer and Employment Law (wage and hour and unemployment insurance)

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS

REQUIRED: 

  • Ability to use a computer and phone for seven 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  
  • Excellent analytical skills 
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and be detail-oriented 
  • Ability to work independently  
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and staff at outside organizations 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, be reliable, and flexible 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 

  • Handle day to day case management /administrative functions 
  • Attend clinics on a weekly and monthly basis 
  • Conduct pre- and post-clinic case preparation in an electronic case management system 
  • Attend and present at trainings  
  • Other program duties as assigned 
  • Assist in managing and assigning work to interns 
  • Provide intake support at call center 
  • Conduct intake interviews with clients and draft referral memos to pro bono attorneys 

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.

Racial Equity Attorney – CPR

The Center for Public Representations (CPR) seeks an attorney with a minimum of 3 years experience who can be an independent thinker and collaborative partner, someone whose lived experience informs their work and relationships, and who is dedicated to racial and social justice. This attorney would join our litigation team challenging discrimination against people with disabilities in BIPOC communities.

About CPR

CPR is a national non-profit civil rights firm engaged in systemic reform initiatives on behalf of people with disabilities in multiple states across the country, including Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Indiana, and others. CPR partners with law firms, disability protection and advocacy programs, and national organizations in impact litigation that seeks to end segregation and expand opportunities for integrated community living. CPR’s litigation in Rosie D. vs. Romney dramatically enhanced the delivery of home based mental health services to youth with serious emotional and behavioral conditions in Massachusetts. CPR’s groundbreaking litigation in Oregon enabled thousands of people with intellectual disabilities who had been previously segregated in sheltered workshops to work in competitive employment. More information about our cases and systemic litigation agenda can be found at http://www.centerforpublicrep.org/litigation-and-major-cases/litigation.

CPR’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

In our work on behalf of people with disabilities and in our work together as an organization we value dignity, respect and belonging for everyone. To help us achieve our goals and mission, we encourage applications from people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQI+ community, women, and people who believe they can add unique value to our staff and our mission.

CPR’s Racial Equity Initiative

As part of our mission to enforce and expand the rights of people with disabilities, we are working towards racial equity and community inclusion for all people, and to apply a race equity lens to our system reform work. We are committed to developing a new generation of attorneys who can lead this work for at least the next decade. We seek an attorney to focus on racial equity issues and work as part of a team on several system reform cases and policy initiatives designed to:

  • Challenge police violence against people with mental illness and expand voluntary, community-based services as an alternative to police response to behavioral health crisis, with a particular focus on communities of color
  • Challenge discriminatory mental health delivery systems for children and adults
  • Challenge the unnecessary institutionalization in jails and psychiatric institutions of people with behavioral health disabilities due to the lack of community-based mental health services

In this role you will:

  • Be part of a team that initiates, develops, and litigates complex civil rights cases, including both injunctive and damage actions
  • Be a key contributor to CPR’s systemic reform initiative agenda
  • Incorporate racial equity principles into litigation, systemic reform efforts, policy advocacy, and CPR priorities
  • Partner with community-based advocacy and reform coalitions
  • Learn and develop expertise in subject matter areas which impact people with disabilities
  • Be part of a supportive, collaborative, and creative team that works together to promote community integration, racial equity, and choice for people with disabilities

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the Massachusetts Bar or the bar of another jurisdiction
  • At least three years of legal experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and civil rights
  • Strong experience or interest in learning civil rights litigation and advocacy
  • Ability to work with and learn from people from a broad range of diverse, ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills
  • Ability to travel
  • Bilingual skills preferred, but not required

Location

This position can be fully remote or located in our Easthampton, MA office.

Salary and Benefits:

CPR offers a fixed salary scale based on experience. For example, the salary for an attorney with three years experience would be $89,000; 5 years experience would be $95,000, and 10 years experience would be $108,500. CPR offers a unique benefit package, including health, dental, life and disability insurance; paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days and retreat time for individuals, a flexible spending account; and a 403(b)-retirement plan.

Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Cathy Costanzo (she/hers), Center for Public Representation, 5 Ferry Street, Suite 314, Easthampton, MA 01027, or by e-mail to hiring@cpr-ma.org.

Deadline

This position is open until July 14 or until it is filled. If you are having technical difficulties, or need assistance/accommodations to complete your application, please call (413) 586-6024.

Pro Bono Coordinator – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of Central and Western Massachusetts. CLA has over 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 Pro Bono Coordinator who will help administer its Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) volunteer programs. Because CLA does not have sufficient attorneys on staff to fully meet the demand for our services, CLA oversees several programs that provide opportunities for private attorneys from law firms and corporations to volunteer their time to provide legal assistance to CLA’s client communities.

The coordinator will work in CLA’s Worcester office and will assist clients and attorneys participating in CLA’s PAI programs. The coordinator will conduct client intakes and administer lawyer-for-the-day and pro bono clinics; refer appropriate cases to volunteer attorneys; open and close cases in a timely manner and maintain contemporaneous records in our case management system; engage in outreach and recruitment of volunteer attorneys; and assist in the coordination and presentation of volunteer training events. The coordinator will also help with the preparation of periodic grant reports.

The candidate should have access to reliable transportation and be willing to occasionally travel to different parts of CLA’s five-county service area. As part of their effort to recruit and engage with volunteer attorneys, the candidate will also be required to attend meetings and events outside of normal business hours on occasion, including early morning and after hours. Part-time hours negotiable.

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience coordinating volunteer projects preferred but not required. Strong organizational, communication, computer, and interpersonal skills are needed. Strong attention to detail and ability to balance the demands of multiple projects and responsibilities. Familiarity with civil legal services, the practice of law, or the Massachusetts legal system preferred but not required. Fluency in Spanish a plus. Bachelor’s degree from 4-year college; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for a full-time position is $47,490, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online 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.

CLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. CLA encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines or undergo weekly testing.

Elder Law Staff Attorneys – SCCLS

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a growing non-profit civil legal aid program, provides quality legal representation to low-income and other vulnerable residents of Southeastern MA, Cape Cod & Islands. SCCLS seeks to hire experienced attorneys for its Elder Law practice in Bristol County. The attorneys primarily will serve older residents in Bristol County with a wide variety of civil matters including public benefits, housing, unemployment, consumer and health care related matters. In addition to grant reporting, some funder relations, and case work, the attorneys will engage in outreach to Councils on Aging and community legal education, and will manage a substantial caseload of individual cases, and engage in impact advocacy and other special projects.

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 with prior legal experience. 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: Salary is based on a collective bargaining agreement scale currently starting at $68,000 for an attorney with 2 years of experience, with yearly standard increases, multi-lingual annual increment for demonstrated language skills. Starting 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: Elder Law Attys. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

Fellow Attorney (Two-Year Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Advocacy Program Fellowship), Employment Law Unit – 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 (GBLS) seeks an attorney with 0 to 3 years of experience for a two-year Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Advocacy Program (EJW-CVAP) Fellowship in the Employment Law Unit.

The GBLS Employment Law Unit engages in a range of legal tools and advocacy to advance the workplace rights of low-wage, immigrant and BIPOC workers, including direct representation, systemic policy advocacy, and impact litigation. The EJW-CVAP Fellow will focus on providing direct legal services to enforce the civil workplace rights of workers who are victims of the crimes of wage theft, labor trafficking, workplace physical or sexual assault, and witness tampering and obstruction of justice. These legal services will include negotiating settlements, supporting workers in participating as witnesses in civil or criminal labor agency investigations, and bringing private litigation against employers. In addition, the Fellow will engage in outreach and know-your-rights community legal education in collaboration with GBLS’s longstanding community partners, as well as training of pro bono attorney and referral partners.

For Equal Justice Works’ full Fellowship description and posting, please see https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Greater-Boston-Legal-Services.pdf.

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Advocacy Program attorney will receive an annual salary based on GBLS’s union scale, which is $72,000 for an attorney with 0 years of experience and $75,000 for an attorney with 3 years of experience. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys, and generous Paid Time Off leave. The attorney will work in the GBLS Boston office with a hybrid remote work schedule permitted.

Qualifications: 0 to 3 years of legal experience, and admission to the Massachusetts Bar, admission elsewhere and able to practice in Massachusetts under SJC Rule 3.04, or planning to take the next available Massachusetts Bar. Other factors as outlined in Equal Justice Works posting linked above.

Candidates should apply via Equal Justice Works, online at https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/crime-victims-advocacy-program-fellowship-application/. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and brief writing sample. Applications must be received no later than July 1, 2023. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.

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

Paralegal, Family Law Unit – GBLS

Greater Boston Legal Services is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Accessible Employer. We want to build and sustain a staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

GBLS seeks a full-time paralegal to join the Family Law Unit (FLU). FLU prioritizes representation and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence in contested custody matters and abuse prevention proceedings. GBLS provides free legal services and representation to clients in the greater Boston area who cannot afford private legal representation.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with unit attorneys to plan and handle client communications and related casework, including preparation of client financial statements, compiling and redacting of documents, preparation of basic court pleadings, and drafting of basic written correspondence with, e.g., clients, opposing counsel, and courts;
  • As appropriate with experience, interview and provide brief service and referral to clients; and
  • Assist with physical and electronic case file management.

Qualifications: the successful candidate will be

  • Comfortable working as part of a team and will have excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Comfortable interviewing and advising domestic violence survivors;
  • A self-starter, who is organized, and detail-oriented;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Word, Outlook, basic Excel), and willing and able to learn other similar applications; and
  • Able to draft and review letters, training materials, basic court pleadings (prior experience with court forms not required), and other written materials.

Helpful additional skills and experience:

  • Competency in oral and written communication in a second language that is prevalent among our clients, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Cantonese, or Vietnamese is helpful.
  • Experience working with low-income clients and community organizations is helpful.
  • Familiarity with family law and drafting basic court pleadings is helpful.
  • Experience as a paralegal, a Bachelor’s degree, or paralegal certification is
    helpful.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary is based on a union scale. As of July 1, 2023, the salary range for a paralegal with 4 to 6 years of experience will be $48,500 – $50,500 with an additional $950 annual payment for second language fluency. Starting salary is determined based on work experience and related experience. GBLS offers generous benefits, retirement contribution, and generous Paid Time Off leave.

How to Apply:
Candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume including a description of any prior public interest legal work or other advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and/or on behalf of low-income communities and individuals.

Applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to job code: FLU-PARA when applying for this position. Deadline is June 25, 2023 or until position is filled.

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