Temporary Staff Attorney – Unemployment & Wage & Hour Law – Volunteer Lawyers Project

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch 
REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Managing Director
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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SUMMARY OF POSITION: 
The Temporary Unemployment and Wage & Hour staff attorney will represent clients in DUA hearings and in wage & hour cases, mentor pro bono attorneys, supervise paralegal and interns who support the Employment unit, and identify appropriate referrals as well as participate in a monthly wage theft clinic when it resumes. This position is temporary for one year with the possibility of becoming permanent.

QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE: 
– Law degree from an accredited law school
– Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar
– Experience with Unemployment and Wage & Hour law

PREFERRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE: 
– Experience with Legal Server case management software
– Prior experience serving low-income populations and communities

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 with cases before the Department of Unemployment Assistance and in various courts
– Represent clients with wage & hour issues, including drafting demand letters and negotiating settlement
– Identify appropriate cases for referral to pro bono attorneys
– Train and mentor staff and pro bono attorneys in unemployment and wage & hour law
– 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.