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Staff Attorney for Child Victims of Crime – 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, or whose family members have experienced same. The position is for one year, with the possibility of a further extension depending 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 education, child welfare, immigration, mental health and related substantive areas. Our clients confront challenges in public schools, contend with threats to their immigration status, and are caught up in the state’s human service systems.

This 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 is statewide but will focus primarily on the northeast (Lynn and Lawrence) and Greater Boston.

General Responsibilities of CLAVC Attorney:
The successful candidate will (1) represent public school students who have been victims of bullying and harassment; (2) provide advocacy to child victims of abuse and neglect (3) represent children in family law cases, including custody-related and domestic violence cases, and (4) represent immigrant children who have been victims of trauma/crime. 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 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 licensed to practice law in Massachusetts
– 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.

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.