Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Mass. CLA has over 140 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.
CLA seeks a staff attorney to work in its Elder Law Unit. The staff attorney will be based in CLA’s Worcester office and will assist individuals who are at least 60 years old with legal matters that affect their health, safety, and well-being, including eviction defense and other homelessness prevention, access to Medicare and other benefits, and safety from abuse and exploitation. The attorney will have significant client contact, and will assume an active caseload while continuing to accept new cases. The attorney will engage in community outreach and education, and will work closely with community partners including elder service agencies. Some grant-writing and grant-reporting required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Massachusetts Bar, or eligible to sit for next Massachusetts Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Massachusetts practice rule required. Candidates should have sensitivity to the unique challenges facing elders. Prior elder law experience, particularly with low-income clients, strongly preferred. Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish, strongly preferred. Access to reliable transportation and willingness to conduct elder home visits on occasion is required. Recent law school graduates are eligible to apply, as are more experienced attorneys.
COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit cover letter and resume to: Alicia Vaughan, HR Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. CLA encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.
POSTED: JUNE 24, 2022