The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM) seeks a full-time paralegal to work in the agency’s Civil Legal Aid to Victims of Crime (CLAVC) initiative.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1977 and based in Lynn, MA the CLCM is a legal advocacy and resource center that provides a range of services to children, from newborns to 22 years, in education, child welfare, immigration, mental health, child victims of crime, and related substantive areas. It seeks to ensure access to justice and maximize opportunity for its clients, many of whom have experienced trauma, are homeless, have disabilities, and/or suffer the effects of poverty.
THE POSITION: Our CLAVC advocacy offers legal aid to child victims of crime in the Commonwealth, with an emphasis on Greater Boston and the northeast. The work is designed to assist children recover from the impact of their victimizations. Working with the agency’s CLAVC attorney, the paralegal will partner on all aspects of our CLAVC case representation, ranging from family law to immigration, mental health, and child welfare. The position is based in Lynn, MA and the workweek is Monday to Friday. Staff is currently working on a hybrid basis, subject to change depending on public health dictates.
- Interview clients and family members under the supervision of the CLAVC attorney
- Investigate facts, gather case-related records, including medical documentation, related to the child’s victimization
- Assess the merits of a CLAVC intake, brief service, or case
- Assist in litigation and policy advocacy, as needed
- Assist in supervision of student and volunteer interns
- Attend statewide meetings and trainings of CLAVC advocates
- Research and analyze the law surrounding CLAVC cases
- Otherwise assist CLAVC staff counsel as deemed necessary to further the CLCM’s mission.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have good communication, organizational, and written and oral presentation skills; ability to read, analyze and synthesize large volumes of medical and other records; and strong demonstrated commitment to anti-poverty and children’s civil rights work. Experience advocating for low-income children, and/or working with child victims of crime, children with disabilities, and/or immigrant children desired. In addition to fluency in English, fluency in one or more of the languages spoken by CLCM clients, such as Spanish, is preferred. Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience a requirement for this position.
HOURS & SALARY: The job is 40 hours weekly. Salary is commensurate with experience.
TO APPLY: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter addressing background and interests relevant to the position, 2) a resume, and 3) two references by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, PO Box 710, 2 State Street, 2nd Flr., Lynn, MA 01903. No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position is filled. For more information about CLCM refer to our website: www.clcm.org.
CLCM is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace, and encourages all applicants, regardless of age, race, national origin, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation to apply. CLCM strives to foster a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized.