De Novo Center for Justice and Healing

Paralegal – Case Manager – De Novo

De Novo is a community-based agency that provides free legal services and affordable mental health counseling for low-income people throughout the Greater Boston/Cambridge area. De Novo strives to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and safe work environment that welcomes, encourages, and values everyone’s contributions and fosters an exchange of ideas and mutual learning.

De Novo seeks a Full-Time Paralegal – Case Manager to work in its Housing Unit to provide legal support to staff attorneys representing income eligible tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction.


Under the oversight of a lead attorney and De Novo’s Housing Supervising Attorney, the paralegal shall perform his/her duties within the parameters of the project to which he/she is assigned in accordance with the project’s guidelines and priorities.

  • Screen and interview prospective clients, assess client eligibility under existing program income and geographic guidelines and program/unit priorities.
  • Make referrals to other agencies, as appropriate.
  • Record client information using computerized record-keeping systems consistent with program needs and policies.
  • Become knowledgeable with substantive areas of practice.
  • Triage cases and identify imminent or urgent deadlines.
  • Assist with tracking deadlines and court events, and monitor court dockets.
  • Under the oversight of an attorney, provide simple legal information and/or self-help packets.
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, provide legal advice and assist clients in completing legal pleadings, court forms, and other litigation-related paperwork.
  • Under the oversight of an attorney, assist tenants with applications for financial assistance for rental arrearages and other stabilization resources.
  • Under the oversight of an attorney, draft correspondence to clients, the court, and opposing party.
  • Under the oversight of an attorney, assist tenants in completing application for benefits such as DTA and housing.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled meetings where client eligibility, advice, information and referrals are reviewed.
  • Participate in trainings and engage in community education and outreach, including targeted outreach to identified households facing eviction.
  • Provide administrative support to lawyers to prepare cases for court events.
  • Perform such other duties as assigned consistent with the provision of quality client services.


  • Paralegal studies/Certificate or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience in housing, legal services, social services, or case management preferred.
  • Comfort working with a broad range of stakeholders, including professionals, community groups, and individuals.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Capacity to identify and analyze legal and other problems.
  • Ability to do basic word processing and perform data entry.
  • Demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to working for low-income people.
  • Experience working with interpreters and/or fluency in language(s) in addition to English preferred.
  • Bicultural/bilingual (Spanish) highly desirable.

HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 35 hours/weekSalary is commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefit package, including health, life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance, vacation, personal, and sick time, 403(b) plan, Flexible Spending Plan, training and professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter addressing experience and interests relevant to the position, and 2) a resume to John Froio, Deputy Director, De Novo, email address: No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This is a grant-funded position which is funded through December 2022, employment beyond this date is contingent on the availability of funding.  For more information about De Novo refer to our website:  

De Novo is a Fair Employment Practices/Equal Employment Opportunity/disability accessible  employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.