Staff Attorney, Family Law and Guardianship – VLP

POSITION: Staff Attorney- Family Law and Guardianship

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (w/ some evening trainings)

*This position is currently mainly working remotely but requires in person attendance in Boston and Woburn for weekly Family law and Guardianship clinics.

REPORTS TO: Geraldine Gruvis-Pizarro, Esq., Supervising Attorney

UNIT(S): Family Law and Guardianship

LOCATION: Volunteer Lawyers Project, 7 Winthrop Square, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02110

STATUS: Exempt, Full Time

SALARY: starting at $60,000. Commensurate with experience

*Operations are currently hybrid during COVID-19

This application will remain open until the position has been filled.

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SUMMARY OF POSITION:  

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. We are seeking a full-time staff attorney with a dedicated commitment to the communities and people we serve to work in our family law and guardianship units 

VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. Our ideal candidate is respectful of an inclusive work environment. Fluency in a second language is strongly preferred, specifically Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a significant percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:

  • Law degree from an accredited law school.
  • Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITITES/SKILLS:

  • 1-3 years in full-time family law and guardianship practice, including litigation.
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with staff at outside organizations.
  • Ability to effectively engage with the private bar to recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys.
  • Ability to use a computer several hours per day.
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
  • Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in Greater Boston.

ESSENTIAL FUNTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Maintain updated substantive knowledge in family law and guardianship law
  • Attend weekly unit case review meetings
  • Effectively and efficiently handle a small caseload
  • Provide substantive family law and guardianship supervision at weekly clinics, including answering questions and reviewing advice and drafts of documents and closing cases
  • Supervise and mentor interns and pro bono attorneys
  • Review cases for merit and alignment with priorities
  • Conduct training for volunteers, often during evening hours
  • Prepare cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents
  • Assist in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys
  • Monitor pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer

VLP is committed to a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, genetics, disability, age, military or veteran status.