Staff Attorney, Fair Housing – Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid (CLA), the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Central and Western Massachusetts, seeks an attorney to work for the period of one year with an enthusiastic, skillful team focusing on housing discrimination matters. 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 and the agencies that serve them.

This position is funded by a special grant for one year, with the possibility of an extension. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Worcester office and will raise fair housing claims on behalf of tenants experiencing discrimination under Massachusetts state fair housing laws, with a focus on discrimination based on receipt of rental assistance. The attorney will file affirmative cases, defend against evictions, help tenants access or maintain public and subsidized housing, and participate in CLA’s housing court lawyer-for-the day program. The attorney will also conduct fair housing outreach and education and will work with a statewide coalition of fair housing advocates and testing coordinators. The attorney will assist in the preparation of periodic grant reports.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule is required. Experience in fair housing and/or landlord-tenant work preferred. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, as is demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important.

Please submit cover letter and resume to: avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608. 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.

Posted: 11/17/2021