Volunteer Lawyers Project

Staff Attorney – Volunteer Lawyers Project

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here by April 14, 2019.

POSITION: Staff Attorney
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (w/ some evening trainings)
REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Esq. Legal Director
UNIT(S): Multiple
LOCATION: 197 Friend Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is a non-profit legal services organization which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys and through our call center (aka Eastern Region Legal Intake).

Staff attorneys are committed to serving low-income clients and to working with the private bar to expand access to justice. The staff attorney will work primarily at our call center and will provide advice to clients by phone, online, and in person. The staff attorney will also provide back-up coverage at our legal clinics.

Fluency in a second language is preferred, specifically Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.

CRITERIA APPLICABLE
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
• Law degree from an accredited law school.
• Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
• 2-5 years in full-time law practice, including litigation.
• Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
• Prior work with organization serving low-income clients.
• Prior experience supervising legal work of others.
• Prior experience recruiting and supporting volunteers.
• Prior experience planning and conducting trainings or presentations.
• Prior experience with grant writing and reporting.

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
• Ability to use a computer several hours per day.
• Ability to communicate by telephone for several hours per day.
• Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer.
• Ability to travel to courthouses and other clinic locations in Greater Boston.
• Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.

REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and with staff at outside organizations.
• Ability to effectively engage with private bar to recruit, train and mentor volunteer attorneys.
• Ability to supervise attorney, paralegal and intern staff.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to engage in critical thinking and problem solving.
• Ability to learn and apply federal eligibility requirements.
• Ability to quickly learn and effectively use case management system.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Maintaining expertise in two or more subject areas.
• Conducting intakes and evaluations of cases through the call center to determine if appropriate information, advice, or referral.
• Providing supervision to the legal advocates at call center.
• Participation in weekly call center staff meetings.
• Providing back up support to approximately two legal clinics each week.
• Reviewing cases for merit and alignment with priorities set by other agencies for potential referral.
• Providing back-up supervision to paralegals, interns, and pro bono attorneys while at clinics.
• Interacting with and recruiting volunteers from the private bar.
• Conducting occasional trainings for volunteers, often during evening hours.
• Preparing cases for pro bono assignment, including reviewing memos and documents.
• Assisting in placement of cases with pro bono attorneys.
• Answering substantive questions from staff members and pro bono attorneys.
• Monitoring pro bono cases to ensure quality and competent representation.
• Participation in legal aid coalitions and collaborations.
• Assisting with grant applications and reports.

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer