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Staff Attorney, Re-Entry – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 140 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks an attorney to help formerly incarcerated individuals overcome the legal barriers that impede their successful re-entry into society. The attorney will assist individuals with sealing, expunging, or correcting their Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). The attorney will also assist individuals with overcoming the barriers to employment and housing posed by their criminal records, including representation before administrative agencies and in court. In addition to representing individual clients, the attorney will engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners. Some grant-reporting activities are required. Part of the attorney’s time will be spent working on a project designed to increase access to housing for Franklin County residents with a history of incarceration and/or substance use disorder. The project is a collaborative initiative of several agencies which comprise the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Network of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Northampton office and will be required to travel to other part of western Mass. on occasion for client and partner meetings, court and administrative agency proceedings, and to conduct community outreach and education.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar, or eligible to sit for next Mass. Bar examination, or entitled to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Prior experience in CORI/re-entry work and housing work strongly preferred. Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and decision-making skills. Track record of working with community partners and effectively conducting community trainings. Committed to serving the needs of a diverse client base. Job requires the ability and willingness to travel by car in western Mass. and to occasionally attend meetings outside normal business hours.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online at https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/690184-253208.html, email your cover letter and resume to avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

CLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. CLA encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid or undergo weekly testing.