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Staff Attorney – Prisoners’ Legal Services

Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) is pleased to announce a full-time attorney position with our organization.

Who We Are
Prisoners’ Legal Services is a nonprofit legal services organization founded in 1972 whose mission is to challenge the carceral system through litigation, advocacy, client counseling, partnership with impacted individuals and communities, and outreach to policy makers and the public. The office prioritizes work involving medical and mental health care, assaults by staff, extreme conditions of confinement (including COVID, overcrowding, exorbitant prison phone rates), misuse of solitary confinement and isolation, and race equity through our recently launched Race Equity in Corrections Initiative (REICI).
At PLS we seek for our team to reflect our organizational values of justice, race equity, and community. This includes hiring staff with connection to the communities we serve, where feasible, and a commitment to strive for justice and equity in our hiring practices and in our staff culture. More detailed information is available at www.plsma.org.
Responsibilities:
 All phases of affirmative litigation concerning prison and jail conditions, including factual investigation, discovery, document review, written and oral advocacy, settlement and trial practice, and enforcement and compliance monitoring.
 Client representation and advocacy with prisons, jails and other state agencies.
 Visits to, telephone contact and correspondence with clients.
 Policy advocacy on issues affecting incarcerated persons.
Qualifications
 Must have a thorough understanding of racial justice, social equity, community development principles; racial and cultural differences; an understanding of systemic and institutional racial bias; sensitivity to issues and concerns of communities of color and other diverse groups
 Admission to (or eligibility to become a member of) the Massachusetts bar.
 At least three years of litigation experience preferred, one year of which may be a judicial clerkship, that should include experience with depositions, examining witnesses, motion practice, and oral arguments at the trial or appellate level.
 Excellent analytical, legal research, and writing skills.
 Excellent verbal communication skills; bilingual skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, American Sign Language, or other language desired.
 Ability to multi-task and strong time management skills.
 Ability to work remotely.
 Collegiality and an ability to work both independently and in teams, which may include co-workers, pro bono lawyers, and other organizations.
 BIPOC, LGBTQI individuals, formerly incarcerated and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
When you join our team
You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who have tenacity, are scrappy, and are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever.
You can count on doing solutions-oriented and policy-driven work. We ask difficult questions and entertain unconventional answers so we can reckon with the uncomfortable truths of our work.
You will have excellent benefits you can’t turn down and a great work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. We value the importance of self-care and also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.
Compensation
This is a full-time position, requiring 35 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with years of experience (i.e., an attorney with 3 years of experience would start at 66k). We also offer a comprehensive compensation package with 12 paid holidays, a minimum of 16 paid vacation days, 12 sick days, and 4 personal days each year, as well as paid parental and family medical leave benefits and a partially-paid sabbatical every 7 years. We pay 100% of employee premiums for  excellent health, vision, and dental benefits plus 100% of the out-ofpocket deductible. We also offer a 401(k) retirement benefit with employer contribution, disability and life insurance, and a student loan repayment assistance program.
Application
To be considered, please submit the following materials:
 Cover letter
 Resume
 Legal writing sample
 List of three references and their contact information
Please send all documents attached to a single email to lrydzewski@plsma.org with the subject line “Staff Attorney Application” as soon as possible. Deadline for submitting applications is September 3, 2021.