Staff Attorney – Housing & Appeals – Volunteer Lawyers Project

POSITION: Staff Attorney – Housing & Appeals
DAYS/HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch
REPORTS TO: Amy Anthony, Supervising Attorney
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA and Remote
STATUS: Full-time, Exempt
SALARY/WAGES: Starting at $60,000, commensurate with experience

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The deadline to apply for this position is 07/08/2021 (July 8, 2021). Applications will not be accepted after the application deadline.


SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Housing and Appeals staff attorney will work in the housing and appeals units.  In the housing unit, the staff attorney will represent clients in housing cases in various courts, mentor pro bono attorneys, supervise interns who support the housing unit, and identify appropriate referrals as well as staff and supervise volunteers at weekly Lawyer for the Day and Answer & Discovery clinics.  In the Appeals Unit, the staff attorney will assist the Supervising Attorney with coordinating all aspects of the Civil Appeals Clinic, which includes evaluating cases for scheduling for the Civil Appeals Clinic, training and mentoring pro bono attorneys at the clinic and on appeals cases, and reviewing cases for merit and referral for representation.

QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:

  • Law degree from an accredited law school
  • Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar
  • Minimum 1-3 years of experience in housing law

PREFERRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:

  • Experience with Legal Server case management software
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and serving low-income populations and communities
  • Supervision experience
  • Experience with appeals
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to absorb and retain new information quickly
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to excel working independently and within a team
  • Ability to learn and navigate computer, case management software, and phone systems
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to various client situations and changes in program procedures
  • Strong data entry and typing skills
  • Ability to manage stress and identify self-care as needed
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve quickly
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone, by computer, and in person
  • Ability to use a computer several hours per day

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Represent clients in housing cases in various courts
  • Staff VLP housing clinics
  • Assist with coordinating the Civil Appeals Clinic, including reviewing cases for merit and staffing the clinic
  • Identify appropriate cases for referral to pro bono attorneys
  • Recruit, train, and mentor interns and pro bono attorneys at clinics and in housing cases, including appeals
  • Provide supervision to the Eastern Region Legal Intake call center advocates 2-3x/month
  • Other program duties as assigned

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.