De Novo Center for Justice and Healing

Staff Attorney, Housing – De Novo

De Novo is community-based agency that provides free legal services and affordable mental health counseling for low-income people throughout the Greater Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area. De Novo strives to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and safe work environment that welcomes, encourages, and values everyone’s contributions and fosters an exchange of ideas and mutual learning. We strongly encourage qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Representing clients in judicial and administrative proceedings involving evictions, access to public and subsidized housing, enforcement of tenant rights, and termination of housing subsidies.
  • Staff De Novo’s Lawyer for the Day Clinics at the Eastern Division of the Massachusetts Housing Court. Attorneys are expected to dedicate two mornings or afternoons a month to either an in-person or zoom court clinic. At the clinic, we provide legal assistance, including advice, brief service, limited assistance representation, case consultation, and referrals to clients in judicial proceedings involving evictions, and affirmative tenant actions including repairs, lockouts, and appeals of termination of housing subsidies.
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer attorneys and law students to handle cases.
  • Assist with data collection and grant reporting as needed.
  • Participating in coalitions and task forces; working with community-based and legal service organizations; conducting outreach and community legal education.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Admitted to Massachusetts bar (or a bar of another state**).
  • Two plus years of litigation experience preferred (including experience as a student attorney).
  • Experience representing low-income people in court and administrative proceedings required.
  • Experience representing low-income people in housing cases desired.
  • Experience working with and/or representing a broad range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes.
  • Strong writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to supervise effectively.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Bilingual preferred.

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must be eligible to practice as a foreign lawyer under SJC Rule 3.04 and become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.


The position is 35 hours/week. Salary range is $72,000 (w/ 2 years’ experience) – $80,000 dependent on experience. Excellent fringe benefit package, including 100% employer paid health insurance for employee and families, life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance, vacation, personal, and sick time, 403(b) plan, Flexible Spending Plan, training and professional development opportunities.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law and resume, to John Froio, Deputy Director, De Novo, Email address: Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

De Novo is a Fair Employment Practices/Equal Employment Opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.