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Senior Attorney, Housing 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 seeks a litigation attorney with 10 years of experience or more to work in the Housing Unit, focusing on representing tenants at risk of eviction.

The threat of homelessness places unbearable stress on individuals and families in our community and rapid development is causing widespread displacement. The Senior Attorney, working as part of the GBLS Housing Unit, will use individual cases to promote systemic change.

The Senior Attorney will supervise staff attorneys, paralegals, interns, and volunteers. This position will also involve direct representation of clients in housing cases, including interviews, factual investigation, research and analysis of law, written and oral legal arguments, evidentiary hearings and trials, negotiation with opposing counsel, as well as preparation for and handling of administrative hearings. The position may also include some of the full range of activities of the Housing Unit, including support for tenants who live in public and subsidized housing, helping tenant organizations preserve affordable housing, shelter advocacy, legislative and administrative advocacy projects, impact litigation, and any other work of the Housing Unit. Should funding for this position change, the attorney may be required to assume work in a different area of law within GBLS.

Qualifications: At least 10 years of experience and admission to the Massachusetts Bar or comity. Trial experience is required, preferably with jury trials. Must have demonstrated experience providing effective supervision and consultation. Experience in housing law is preferred. Written and oral fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole or another language spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred. Attorneys with lived experience of displacement or gentrification are encouraged to apply.

Salary is based on a union scale with a starting salary of $92,000 for an attorney with ten years of experience, with increases for additional years of experience. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys, and generous PTO leave.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to the Human Resources Department via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: HU-SR-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline for application is February 29, 2023, or until the position is filled.

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