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Legal Aid Staff Attorney, Fair Housing – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA), the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Central and Western Massachusetts, seeks an attorney to join an enthusiastic, skillful team to work on housing discrimination matters. 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.

The staff attorney will be based in CLA’s Worcester office and will raise fair housing claims on behalf of tenants filing affirmative cases, defending against evictions, and seeking to access or maintain public and subsidized housing. The attorney will regularly participate in CLA’s housing court lawyer-for-the day program. The attorney will also assist in the preparation of periodic grant reports.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar, including pending admission, or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule is required. Experience in fair housing and/or landlord-tenant work strongly preferred. Fluency in another language preferred, as is 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 $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit cover letter and resume to 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.

CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid or undergo weekly testing.