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Staff Attorney – Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts

The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (“CLCM”) is seeking a full-time staff attorney with experience in immigration, education, and/or family law to assist children and youth who are victims of trauma and/or crime. The position is for one year, with the possibility of a further extension conditioned on funding.

Founded in 1977 and based in Lynn, Chelsea and Lawrence, the CLCM is a legal advocacy and resource center that provides a range of legal services to children, from newborns to 22 years, in immigration, education, child welfare, mental health and related substantive areas.

This open position is part of a statewide endeavor called the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) initiative that targets individuals who have been victims of abuse, other familial violence, or criminal conduct. The service area for the job will focus primarily on the northeast section of the state and Greater Boston.

General Responsibilities of CLCM CLAVC Attorney:
The successful candidate will (1) represent immigrant children who have been victims of trauma/crime (2) represent public school students who have been victims of trauma, bullying and/or harassment; (3) provide advocacy to child victims of abuse and neglect, and (4) represent child crime victims in family law cases, including custody-related and domestic violence cases. The attorney also will engage in various non-case related activities including community outreach; trainings; task force/committee participation; and, systems reform work. She/he will work closely with CLCM colleagues, staff of legal aid programs across the state, and staff of numerous youth-serving programs in the northeast region and Greater Boston.

Qualifications:
 Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar or eligible for public interest waiver/exception
 Spanish language proficiency or fluency strongly preferred
 Knowledge of data systems and collection
 Familiarity with state and federal education and special education laws
 Excellent organizational, communication and leadership skills
 Experience working with urban school and state human service systems
 Commitment to the legal needs of low income children, including immigrant populations

Salary and benefits are competitive with legal services scales. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and references by E-Mail to j.mcmanus@clcm.org. No phone calls, please. Position will remain open until filled.

CLCM is committed to diversity in the workplace and encourages all applicants, regardless of age, race, national origin, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation to apply