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Staff Attorney – Disability Law Center

Job Description and Online Application

The Disability Law Center (DLC) has an immediate opening for a full-time Staff Attorney. DLC is the federally authorized Protection and Advocacy agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DLC’s core mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts. 

  • Position Staff Attorney 
  • Reports To: Supervising Attorney 
  • Location: Boston or Northampton Office (Hybrid work schedule) 
  • Wage Class: Exempt 
  • Union Classification: Eligible 
  • Responsible For: The successful applicant will provide legal services and engage in individual advocacy on behalf of low-income people with disabilities. In addition, the successful applicant will share responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing technical assistance, consultation, outreach and training to clients, family members, and advocates. The service area for the job is statewide. 

Key Duties & Responsibilities:  

  1. Represent individuals with disabilities on legal matters affecting low income persons with disabilities in areas including: housing, employment, consumer law (e.g. wheelchair repair), health care, public accommodations, transportation, government services, abuse and neglect, and disability rights.  
  2. Engage in all aspects of civil legal practice, including case planning, fact investigation, legal research, negotiations,  administrative hearings and trial practice.  
  3. Analyze statutes, regulations, and agency policies/procedures impacting low income persons with disabilities. 
  4. Provide information and short-term assistance to DLC clients, including providing verbal and written advice. 
  5. Engage in various non-case related activities including community outreach and task force/committee participation.
  6. Prepare written materials and conduct trainings for the education and training of individuals with disabilities, community partners, professionals, and others consistent with DLC’s priorities. 
  7. Work in collaboration with DLC colleagues, staff of legal aid programs and staff of disability advocacy programs throughout the Commonwealth to address systemic barriers facing the disability community. 
  8. Engage in other tasks and projects that further DLC’s mission and operations. 
  9. Comply with obligations to compile information, engage in accurate record-keeping, and prepare activities reports.  

 Qualifications  

  1. Must possess a JD; 
  2. Be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar or be eligible to become a member within a reasonable time after employment, and maintain such standing throughout employment with DLC; 
  3. Two (2) years or more of legal experience; 
  4. Ability to work efficiently, independently, and collaboratively; 
  5. Ability to occasionally work long hours and/or weekends when necessary to adequately perform job duties; 
  6. Ability to communicate effectively, with particular emphasis on written communication; 
  7. Ability to analyze facts and pertinent legal authority and develop creative solutions; 
  8. Ability to work effectively with a record-keeping database and maintain up to date and accurate time records.  

Desired Attributes   

  1. Demonstrated understanding and sensitivity to or experience working with people with disabilities or experience as a person with a disability.  
  2. Experience working with people who may have experienced poverty, trauma or discrimination and/or people from historically excluded communities. 
  3. Demonstrated interest and commitment to practicing public interest law with a social justice lens.  
  4. Experience working in a legal services, non-profit or public interest environment. 
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate in ASL, Spanish, or other non-English language. 

Compensation 

Salaries of staff attorneys are determined by level of experience and governed by the DLC’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. DLC has a very generous benefits package. For details, please see www.dlc-ma.org/careers.

Application Process:

Interested applicants for this position must submit a cover letter and a resume (with three references) through DLC’s website using the form on the DLC site.